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Environmental Health Officer

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Environmental Health Officer
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€36 - 57
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Occupational Category

Environmental & other Public Services Associate Professionals

Also included in this category:

Conservation workers; countryside rangers; national park wardens.

Number Employed:


Part time workers: 12%
Aged over 55: 42%
Male / Female: 32 / 68%
Non-Nationals: 2%
With Third Level: 55%
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Inspects and enforces health and hygiene standards in the community at large. Carries out inspections to ensure that health and safety regulations are being followed at work, and in public places such as leisure centres, shops and restaurants.

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Marie O'Donovan
Environmental Officer
Marie O'Donovan studied Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in Trinity College, which is a 4 year honors degree course. She is now working as an Environmental Officer for Roadstone Provinces Ltd., working in the south of the country.  She has recently been involved in achieving company wide accreditation of the ISO 14001, an Environmental Management System.
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Environmental health officers protect our health and safety at home, at work and in public places like leisure centres, shops and restaurants.  
They visit shops and offices to make sure employers have a safety policy and that everyone follows the safety rules. Environmental Health Officers check the working environment, for example, making sure that ventilation, sanitary facilities and temperature controls are all adequate. They also investigate the cause of accidents.  
Officers may visit people's homes to make sure their water supply and sanitary facilities are adequate. As well as conventional housing, Environmental Health Officers may inspect caravan sites and boat moorings.  
Responsibility for food hygiene is a very important part of the Environmental Health Officer's work. They visit shops, hotels, restaurants, airports, slaughterhouses, factories and food stalls. They make sure that people follow the procedures for storing and preparing food. Officers take samples back to laboratories to test for the presence of micro-organisms that can cause serious illness. They monitor incidents of diseases like salmonella, tracing their sources and taking steps to prevent further infections.  
Environmental health officers also inspect swimming pools and leisure centres. They supervise waste disposal (including toxic waste), street cleaning and the collection of litter. They check that housing is of a particular standard and is fit for habitation.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes.


Recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees' exposure to chemical, physical, and biological work hazards.


Inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance.


Install safety devices on machinery, or direct device installation.


Investigate industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases to determine causes and preventive measures.


Review plans and specifications for construction of new machinery or equipment to determine whether all safety requirements have been met.


Report or review findings from accident investigations, facilities inspections, or environmental testing.


Interview employers and employees to obtain information about work environments and workplace incidents.


Evaluate adequacy of actions taken to correct health inspection violations.


Review employee safety programs to determine their adequacy.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.


Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.


Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Chemistry: Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


Physics: Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.


Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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You must be committed to protecting the public's health and safety. This is a very important responsibility, so you'll need energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail at all times.  
Good communication skills are very important. You must be able to explain safety procedures and regulations clearly and concisely to people from a wide variety of backgrounds.  
You may have to deal with people who are distressed or angry, so you'll need a calm, professional manner to defuse potential confrontations. You'll need good negotiating skills, patience and tact. Environmental health officers also need to be firm, to enforce the law where necessary.  
Environmental health officers need good organisational skills to prepare and prosecute cases using their own evidence and chemical analyses; you must be prepared to appear in court.

Entry Routesheader image

To become an Environmental Health Officer it is necessary to hold a qualification approved by the Department of Health. [See Eligibility criteria from HSE here]

Approved qualifications in Ireland:

B.Sc. Environmental Health Level 8 degree DT491

or B.Sc. level 8 followed by a postgraduate qualification e.g Diploma in Environmental Health.  

See also: Working in Ireland as an EHO EHAI

Last Updated: November, 2016

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Organisation: Health and Safety Executive
Address: 1G Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7HS, UK
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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Address: PO Box 3000 Johnstown Castle Estate Wexford
Tel: 053-916 0600
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Organisation: Environmental Health Association Ireland - EHAI
Address: Heraghty House 4 Carlton Terrace Novara Avenue Bray Co Wicklow Ireland
Tel: (01) 276 1211
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