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Environmental health officer jobs require candidates that are highly qualified. EHOís protect the well-being and health of the public by assessing environmental health risks in food, safety, hygiene, pollution, noise, waste and housing standards besides others. A full job description is detailed below:
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Environmental Health Officer Job Description: Typically Responsibilities
- carrying out routine health and safety, food hygiene and food standards inspections
- inspecting all allocated premises for compliance with health and safety legislation
- investigating accidents occurring in the workplace and responding to employee complaints
- visiting private and rented accommodation and taking action to improve conditions
- advising on health and safety issues in relation to new buildings and developments
- monitoring levels of noise, air, land and water pollution
What qualifications do I need to be an Environmental Health Officer?
An honours degree (BSc) or postgraduate qualification (MSc) in environmental health, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), is essential. Accredited courses are available in full-time, part-time and integrated/sandwich formats. A postgraduate qualification is only required if the first degree is not in environmental health. MSc courses are offered at the University of the West of England (Bristol) and the University of Birmingham. Potential entrants are usually expected to hold a second class honours degree in a science-based discipline or qualifications/experience that is considered to be equivalent.
- EHO starting salaries range from £25,000 to £34,000 per annum*
- EHO salaries at Senior/Managerial level (after 10-15 years in the role) range from £30,000 to £60,000+
- EHO salaries vary considerably and can be influenced by the size and location of the employing authority and the type of work undertaken
- Benefits can include a car allowance, pension schemes, childcare subsidies and relocation expenses
*January 2006 data
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