Environmental Health Officer

  • Permanent
  • Devon, United Kingdom
  • £30,000 to £32,000 per annum

A client of mine in Honiton is looking to recruit an Environmental Health Officer on a permanent basis. The position as an Environmental Health Officer will specialise in a full range of food and health and safety duties for all categories of businesses, undertake reactive investigations for complaints, infectious disease and accidents, develop and deliver education and public information initiatives, respond to planning and licensing consultations, process licensing applications for skin piercing and some animal activities and support the developing public health and wellbeing agenda work.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Enforcing Food Safety, Health and Safety, Environmental Protection, Housing, Port Health and Public Health legislation in accordance with policies and procedures through premises inspections and investigating accidents, enquiries and complaints.
  • Providing advice and support to Members, other agencies, proprietors, staff and the public concerning food safety, health and safety, nuisance, pollution, housing, anti-social behaviour and public health matters as appropriate.
  • Examining, seizing, detaining or condemning articles as necessary and appropriate.
  • Inspecting and monitoring premises licensed or registered by the business to ensure compliance with conditions as appropriate.
  • Taking action where required in respect of:
  • Investigating communicable disease and accident reports;
  • Taking samples of food and water for human consumption for analysis;
  • Carrying out surveys and sampling for environmental protection purposes;
  • Investigating pest control issues, filthy and verminous premises, public health funerals, contaminated land, envirocrime, environmental health concerns and similar issues that have the potential to affect public health.
  • Collecting information and producing appropriate written records, reports and other written communications as required, dealing with routine correspondence, interviewing stakeholders and customers and obtaining information for use in connection with formal proceedings.
  • Preparing statements of evidence and associated documentation and attending Court, Public Inquiries, Tribunals etc. to give evidence on behalf of the business where necessary;
  • Responding to service requests and issues raised by stakeholders and customers. Responding to consultations for planning approval, licensing etc. Researching, preparing and drafting replies which reflect current best practice and cover the full range of appropriate work activities

Your experience and qualifications will include:

  • Degree or Diploma in Environmental Health and EHRB registration
  • Up to date, detailed professional knowledge of relevant legislation, codes of practice and guidance
  • Good level of awareness of current environmental health issues
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, databases and ICT systems
  • Able to carry out independent research
  • Communicates relevant information regularly and effectively, checking for understanding
  • Understanding of the legal controls around investigative processes (PACE, RIPA etc)
  • A valid driving licence and own car or suitable mode of transport are essential
  • Requirement for some routine out of office hours working or add


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