About Environmental Health

Environmental Health considers the basic infrastructure on which all health is built and addresses emerging health risks arising from the pressures urban development places on the human environment.

Examples of traditional Environmental Health hazards include:
  • access to:
    • safe drinking water
    • safe food
    • clean air
  • inadequate basic sanitation
  • inadequate waste disposal
  • an unsafe built environment
  • disease vector prevalence.
Some of the activities of Environmental Health Officers include:
  • Identification of Aboriginal Environmental Health hazards
  • Investigation of complaints and enquires
  • Monitoring of public water supplies
  • Environmental Health Education and Research
  • Policy Development
  • Air Quality
  • Waste Management
  • Advice on control of insects and pests
  • Assessment of contaminated sites
  • Recreational water
  • Safe skin penetration activities
  • Monitoring of Tobacco Advertising, the sale of Tobacco products to minors and adherence to Smoke Free Environment laws
  • Land Use & Development
  • Funeral Industries
  • Sewage Management
  • Effluent Re-use.

Environmental Health is a multi-disciplinary field requiring collaboration from stakeholders working in areas such as health, environmental protection, social sciences, applied sciences, engineering, land use planning and economics.

Further information please go to the Environmental Health, NSW Ministry of Health website.