Environmental Health Practitioners deal with elements of safety, health and the suitability of various environments. These include, among others, industrial / housing developments waste management, water services, pest control, food and transport safety, tourism and leisure, pollution control as well as general research and development elements. EHPs identify, evaluate, control and where necessary research the possible sources of health risks in the environment
Work activities of EHPs vary, but tasks may include:
- Conducting routine inspections/ investigations of complaints to ensure
compliance with relevant legislation.
- Ensuring that premises where food for human consumption is handled meet required standards.
- Sampling of water and foodstuffs to detect contamination or disease causing agents.
- Monitoring of housing standards.
- Monitoring exposure to environmental health hazards in various environments
- Monitor pollution and environmental health nuisances (i.e. noise, land, air and water) and liaise with various stakeholders to address these.
- Engage with communities through public enquiries and meetings, exhibitions as well as ensuring compliance to environmental health legislation through education, advice and enforcement.
- Participate in legal proceedings where evidence is required in a court of law.
- Comply with administrative and monitoring systems, producing detailed documentation and complex reports as required.
- Analyzing the sources of environmental health problems, suggesting solutions, and where necessary making recommendations to institute change in policies or strategies.
Our Valedication Culture
You might wonder how students get motivated to perform well in their studies, behave well in and outside university grounds, be presentable at all times- in and outside university grounds, socialize well with lecturers and other students and to inquire information from lecturers which may or may not be relevant to their studies. From 2014, the Department of Environmental Health embarked on a program that is designed to motivate students in all these aspects of academia and social norms.
This program is in the form of a valediction and the department of Environmental Health host a valediction ceremony for only students within the department to celebrate the achievement of being a part of this exciting programme, and acknowledgement of the hard work at all levels. This also allows staff and students to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere other than the normal classroom environment.
The categories that are awarded during this valediction ceremony are as follows:
- Best Researcher
- A Librarian
- Campus Director
- Most Inquisitive In Class
- Best Dresser Of The Year
- Class Clown and
- Mr and Miss Valediction for the Night.