Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals

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Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals

Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals develop, implement and evaluate policies and programs to monitor environmental health and occupational health and safety and related legislation to ensure safe and healthy working conditions, and assist injured staff through the workers' compensation and rehabilitation process.

Fun facts

  • 1983 Weekly Pay Before Tax
  • 82% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 44% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by occupational and environmental health professionals. A few are listed below:

  • developing, implementing and reviewing environmental health management plans and occupational health and safety plans
  • preparing and implementing plans and strategies for the safe, economic and suitable disposal of commercial, industrial, medical and household wastes
  • advising on and enforcing legislation, implementing prevention programs and strategies for communicable diseases, food safety, waste water treatment and disposal systems, recreation and domestic water quality, contaminated and hazardous substances, and minimising air, sea, water and noise pollution to improve health outcomes
  • identifying hazards, and assessing and controlling risks in the workplace
  • developing, implementing and monitoring programs minimising workplace and environmental pollution involving chemical and physical hazards
  • promoting ergonomic principles within the workplace such as matching furniture, equipment and work activities to the needs of employees
  • inspecting and auditing workplaces, processes, plant, and chemical and physical hazards for legislative compliance
  • training employees in personal protective equipment and safe working procedures
  • recording and investigating injuries and equipment damage, and reporting safety performance
  • coordinating the return of injured workers into the workplace

Specific occupations

  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
  • Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Occupational Hygienist
  • Workplace Rehabilitation Officer
  • Food Safety Auditor
  • Food Safety Officer

Kate Cole, occupational hygienist