Environmental Health Officer

Environmental Health Officers promote and protect health and safety of communties and visitors through inspections, education and consultation with public and private services and facilities. Main responsibilities are around determining the existence of possible health hazards and taking steps to correct them. To ensure compliance with public health legislation and regulations, they inspect public and private facilities such as restaurants, slaughterhouses, markets, festivals, swimming pools, tattoo shops, child care centres, nursing homes and community care homes.

Public health inspectors also educate the public to help people understand regulations and the need for proper health protection. For example, they may be involved in injury prevention programs, tobacco control programs or other health promotion programs. They normally work alone but may consult with other health team members, health professionals and service organizations such as the SPCA and child protection services. They usually work for government agencies but they can also work for private companies to help ensure the firm facilities are up to government standards.

Also known as Public Health Inspector, Health Inspector/Officer, Inspector.

Skills Required

  • good interpersonal skills
  • good written and oral communication skills
  • good time management skills
  • problem solving and decision making skills

Environment Health Officers should enjoy having clear rules and organized methods for their work, analyzing information and dealing with people.

Education/Training Required

Bachelor Degree, and usually national certification

Schools Offering Career Program

Cape Breton University
First Nations University of Canada

Average Starting Salary

Growth Rate

Education Required
4 years