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 environmentWork activities of EHPs vary, but tasks may include:
Career OpportunitiesOpportunities are available in the National and Provincial Departments of Health, Labour, Water and Environmental Affairs, Environmental Affairs and Tourism among other, government and partially government owned companies, local municipalities and the private sector.
- 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.