environmental health officer


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environmental health officer

A trained specialist, who is often employed by local or central government (UK) and acts as adviser, educator, consultant, manager and/or enforcement officer, ensuring that members of the public live, work and play in safe healthy environments. Some EHOs specialise in housing safety, public health, occupational health and safety, food hygiene and standards, environmental protection, waste management and pollution control.

Work activities
Inspect food from source to distribution to ensure compliance with health and safety standards; ensure the health, welfare and general contentedness of food animals; investigate work-related accidents and identify dangerous construction and poor maintenance of industrial sites; assess outbreaks of infections, if appropriate, and hand off investigation to expert microbiologists; sample water for coliforms in public and private water supplies; monitor radon and radioactivity; license pet shops and other animal-related businesses; monitor noise, air, land and water pollution; provide a public face for EHOs; facilitate compliance through education, advice and enforcement; advise on health and safety issues for new construction; ensure removal of rubbish and publicly abandoned vehicles.
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A VCHA environmental health officer was dispatched to the community of 100 Mile House to assist with restaurant inspections for a week in September 2003.
She was also questioned over when environmental health officers would have first learned that the store chain Scotmid was identified as a Barr's customer.
Geoff Makin, environmental health manager at Coventry City Council, said: 'We currently have vacancies for three of our 11 environmental health officer positions.
In a place that's known as Canadas Food Island, restaurants are a pillar of Prince Edward Islands economy and the provinces environmental health officers help ensure they are the safest they can be.
"After addressing the issues the Environmental Health officer visited us again that evening and was happy for us to re-open as normal.
A Liverpool council spokesman said: "Following a routine inspection by an environmental health officer, Costa Coffee have voluntarily agreed to the closure of their premises in Lord Street while issues relating to hygiene are addressed.
"I am not yet convinced that we have got to the point where we can say that all small businesses have got a Haccp running which an environmental health officer should be satisfied with."
After the hearing environmental health officer David Seabourne said: "It is the policy of Gwynedd council to bring empty properties back onto the market and for owners not to allow them to deteriorate to such an extent that they cause problems to neighbours."
Senior environmental health officer Judith Smith- who served the notice - said that up until their visit there had been no action taken to tackle the problem.
Environmental health officer Caroline Wade, said observations had been kept on the business, jointly run by Mohammed Nawaz (36) and Shafiq Ali (47), during July and August when deliveries were seen to be made from the premises to butcher shops in Birmingham and Coventry
Cathal Kearney, Principal Environmental Health Officer with the Western Health Board said he had visited the bar several times.
John McCandless, coordinator of the fund and immediate past chair of the CIEH Council, has challenged every environmental health officer and every environmental health department to raise money for the fund.

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