Environmental health professional

Environmental Health Professionals perform a variety of tasks related to occupational and environmental health. They may develop and implement policies to monitor and improve environmental health and safety, or they may take a more legislative tack and work on developing wide-ranging environmental and occupational health policies. These professionals can also be found in a human resources capacity, assisting individuals who have been injured on the job.

Duties and tasks

  • Developing and implementing workplace-specific occupational and environmental health policies
  • Ensuring workplaces are kept up to local governmental health standards
  • Reporting and investigating relevant injuries and health code violations
  • Taking preventative steps to prevent injuries in the workplace
  • Working on and enforcing legislation related to occupational and environmental health
  • Working with injured employees to secure compensation and to assist in legal action if required

Skills required

  • Active listening
  • Complex problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities
  • Critical thinking and logic abilities
  • Interpersonal capabilities
  • Oral and written communication skills

Working conditions

Environmental Health Professionals may work in specific office buildings, developing and implementing policies specific to that particular workplace. Alternatively, they may work for governments, legislators, or think tanks to develop more generic and far-reaching policies.

Professional associations / Industry information

Environmental Health Association (Australia) 

Your Environmental Health Gateway 

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