Public Health Inspector/Environmental Health Officer
Governments and Health Authorities employ inspectors to ensure that food and water sources meet minimum standards for human consumption.
Environmental safety may also be monitored including indoor and outdoor air quality, swimming pools, housing accommodations, waste water management, drinking water
treatment and protection, and emergency planning and response.
We also attend care facilities and recreational facilities to inspect for disease and injury prevention.
In the private industry, we may be employed in quality assurance/quality control. In all positions, our main role is education and the protection and promotion of public health.
A four year degree in Public Health Inspection/Environment Health (other combinations of education exist), and National Certification from the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.
I work for the department of Population and Public Health in my health region.
Any member of the community where Public Health legislation requires enforcement. We are mandated to deliver programs that protect the Public Health.
It is very rewarding to educate clients and see them use that education to assist them in their facility.
Even though we attempt to use risk assessment and risk management principles in our work, when a lack of staff occurs, sometimes health hazards take a longer period of time to be corrected or controlled. Programs may change from an inspection protocol, to an education and monitoring approach. It may take longer to get to complaints if they fall lower on the priority scale. Staff morale may decrease especially if the workload is extreme for a long period of time. Some staff stretch the work/home balance to the detriment of their own health.