As an environmental health officer (EHO), it would be your aim to make sure that people’s living and working surroundings are safe and hygienic. You could deal with a wide range of issues, such as:
environmental protection and pollution control
health and safety at work
You might specialise in one of these areas, or you might deal with all environmental health issues in your area. Your duties would typically involve:
inspecting businesses for health and safety, food hygiene and food standards
following up complaints and investigating outbreaks of food poisoning, infectious disease or pests
collecting samples for laboratory testing
enforcing environmental health laws
investigating accidents at work
advising the community and giving educational talks
giving evidence in cases that come to court
keeping records and writing reports.
You would work closely with housing, building control, trading standards and waste management officers and the Health and Safety Executive.