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Enviromental health officer

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Environmental health officer- Bena Niemand
Environmental Health officer
What is an Environmental health officer ?
What do they do?
How do you become one?
Where do they work?
Pros and Cons


Environmental officer
VS.
Occupational hygienists
Environmental health officers make sure that people's living and working surroundings are safe, healthy and hygienic. They work in both the private and public sectors
They attempt to eradicate environmental pollution and prevent health hazards. To prevent or rectify unhygienic conditions that could negatively affect the community, or may increase the spreading of communicable diseases. Environmental officer’s main goal is to control land, water, air and noise pollution. They also control the biological, chemical and physical content of, for example drinking water. They see to it that the legislation regarding pollution is complied with. They enforce legislation on standards for noise abatement, water and pollution prevention.
Environmental health officers can apply their basic training to many different fields of interest or areas of specialization, for example:
- Inspection and sanitation of drinking water
- Control and prevention of the spread of diseases
- monitor pollution, such as radioactive waste and pesticides
- monitor and control the amount of industrial waste and chemical and oil seepage in waterways, dams, rivers and pools
- Inspection of restaurants, supermarkets and food manufacturers to ensure that standards of hygiene in the storage, packaging and serving of foodstuffs are maintained.
- Harbour and airport controls with the entry of ships and aircraft to ensure that contagious diseases are not brought into the country. (Go Study)
While Occupational hygienists are concerned with the well-being of workforces. They identify the risks involved and implement procedures for controlling them. These procedures assist management in coping with any risks to their workforce and prepare them for potential liabilities that might arise. The typical duties of occupational hygienists are to carry out surveys on working conditions in the workplace. They work closely with the workforce, providing them with clear and accurate information regarding risk or health hazards. In order to do their work effectively, occupational hygienists need to stay well-informed on scientific and legal developments in the industrial manufacturing industry. Once they have gained the relevant experience, they may decide to become self-employed and work on a contractual or part-time basis. (Go Study )

Where do they work? Hospital vs community? Public vs private? What sort of organizations (health or other)?
3 How would you get to be one? Is it a registered profession or not? What training, qualification or accreditation is needed?
In order to become an environmental officer one must an
National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course or a
National Senior Certificate meeting diploma requirements for a diploma course within Secondary education one must have done Physical Sciences and Mathematics and one is advised to do Geography, Life Sciences At a tertiary level one studies Environmental Science or Health or Environmental courses are offered at all universities of technology in the form of a diploma (Go Study)
To fully qualify as an environmental health officer, you will need to:
• Complete a period of work-based learning, either during a work placement as part of your degree/postgraduate course or in a job as a trainee
• Keep a training logbook during your work-based learning, known as a Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP) or Experiential Learning Portfolio (ELP)
• Pass the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Professional Examination. (national career service )
The course includes theoretical and practical training. After obtaining this diploma, environmental health officers must register at the INMDC of SA.

5 Describe a specific example – Find a job advertisement or Position Description or talk to someone in the role.
6 What would be the best things and the worst things about this role?
Pros
• Help eradicate pollution
• knowing your work is preventing diseases
• Constant variety of work
• Rewarding outcome
• Traveling
Cons

• Frustration for not always being able to enforce or adherence to legislation without disregarding the law
• annoyance of greedy people who do not care to take safety precautions regarding pollution and hygiene
• long hours away from home
• slow results
• bureaucratic systems and unpleasant red tape.

• Large manufacturers
• Occupational health and safety consultancies
• Health service executive
• Local authorities.
• Career development
• Of Tobacco Control; Sea Fisheries Protection Agency; Department of Health & Children.
• Environmental officers work within the government and government organizations as well as in the private sector as specialists. The work field is very broad for this occupation
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