Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Claire Hanrahan from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Claire Hanrahan

Auditor

CRH plc

Read more

  Claire Hanrahan

The candidate needs to have a desire to travel. That is the most important. Travel is a vital part of the role of Internal Auditor at CRH. Your travel percentage ranges between 40% - 70% per year. They do try to keep it at a minimum but with a high staff turnover, you could be placed on additional audits that are short staffed.

You need to get on with all the people you work with also as you're away with these people for 4 nights a week for 4 weeks. You need to be friendly and outgoing and easy to get along with as it can get stressful on jobs so the last thing you want is someone who has attitude problems or can't communicate properly! Those 2 aspects are the most important for me.

Close

Enterprising?
Enterprising 
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Close
Study Skills
Other
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Occupation Details

logo imagelogo image

Environmental Health Officer

Job Zone

Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

Related Experience
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an engineer must complete four years of college and work for several years in engineering to be considered qualified.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

Job Zone Examples
Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

€36k > 57 
Environmental Health Officer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€36 - 57 
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
HSE.ie

Last Updated: April, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
6%
Occupational Category

Environmental & other Public Services Associate Professionals

Also included in this category:

Conservation workers; countryside rangers; national park wardens

Number Employed:

5,100

Part time workers: 24%
Aged over 55: 22%
Male / Female: 41 / 59%
Non-Nationals: 2%
With Third Level: 45%
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

At a Glance... header image

Inspects and enforces health and hygiene standards in the community at large. Carries out inspections to ensure that health and safety regulations are being followed at work, and in public places such as leisure centres, shops and restaurants.


Videos & Interviews header image

1Total Records: 1

Marie O'Donovan
Environmental Officer  
Marie O'Donovan studied Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in Trinity College, which is a 4 year honors degree course. She is now working as an Environmental Officer for Roadstone Provinces Ltd., working in the south of the country.  She has recently been involved in achieving company wide accreditation of the ISO 14001, an Environmental Management System.
Go to Interview  
 

The Work header image

Environmental health officers protect our health and safety at home, at work and in public places like leisure centres, shops and restaurants.  
 
They visit shops and offices to make sure employers have a safety policy and that everyone follows the safety rules. Environmental Health Officers check the working environment, for example, making sure that ventilation, sanitary facilities and temperature controls are all adequate. They also investigate the cause of accidents.  
 
Officers may visit people's homes to make sure their water supply and sanitary facilities are adequate. As well as conventional housing, Environmental Health Officers may inspect caravan sites and boat moorings.  
 
Responsibility for food hygiene is a very important part of the Environmental Health Officer's work. They visit shops, hotels, restaurants, airports, slaughterhouses, factories and food stalls. They make sure that people follow the procedures for storing and preparing food. Officers take samples back to laboratories to test for the presence of micro-organisms that can cause serious illness. They monitor incidents of diseases like salmonella, tracing their sources and taking steps to prevent further infections.  
 
Environmental health officers also inspect swimming pools and leisure centres. They supervise waste disposal (including toxic waste), street cleaning and the collection of litter. They check that housing is of a particular standard and is fit for habitation.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

bullet

Maintain and apply knowledge of current policies, regulations, and industrial processes.

bullet

Recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees' exposure to chemical, physical, and biological work hazards.

bullet

Inspect facilities, machinery, and safety equipment to identify and correct potential hazards, and to ensure safety regulation compliance.

bullet

Install safety devices on machinery, or direct device installation.

bullet

Investigate industrial accidents, injuries, or occupational diseases to determine causes and preventive measures.

bullet

Review plans and specifications for construction of new machinery or equipment to determine whether all safety requirements have been met.

bullet

Report or review findings from accident investigations, facilities inspections, or environmental testing.

bullet

Interview employers and employees to obtain information about work environments and workplace incidents.

bullet

Evaluate adequacy of actions taken to correct health inspection violations.

bullet

Review employee safety programs to determine their adequacy.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

bullet

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

bullet

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

bullet

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

bullet

Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

bullet

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

bullet

Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

bullet

Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

bullet

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

bullet

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

bullet

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

bullet

Engineering and Technology:  Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

bullet

Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

bullet

English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

bullet

Chemistry:  Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

bullet

Physics:  Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

bullet

Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

bullet

Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

bullet

Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

bullet

Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

bullet

Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

bullet

Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

bullet

Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

bullet

Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

bullet

Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

bullet

Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be committed to protecting the public's health and safety. This is a very important responsibility, so you'll need energy, enthusiasm and attention to detail at all times.  
 
Good communication skills are very important. You must be able to explain safety procedures and regulations clearly and concisely to people from a wide variety of backgrounds.  
 
You may have to deal with people who are distressed or angry, so you'll need a calm, professional manner to defuse potential confrontations. You'll need good negotiating skills, patience and tact. Environmental health officers also need to be firm, to enforce the law where necessary.  
 
Environmental health officers need good organisational skills to prepare and prosecute cases using their own evidence and chemical analyses; you must be prepared to appear in court.


Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site

Go..Environmental Health Officer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Environmental health officer - from:  GradIreland

Related Occupationsheader image

Contactsheader image

bullet

Organisation: Health and Safety Executive
  Address: 1G Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7HS, UK
  Tel: +44 (0)845 345 0055
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  Address: PO Box 3000 Johnstown Castle Estate Wexford
  Tel: 053-916 0600
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

Job Search


Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...


...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Earth Science & Environment
Medical & Healthcare
Civil & Public Service, Local Government, Politics & EU
Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing

Search for Related Courses from Qualifax - the National Learners Database

Go..


Higher Ed & CAO Course suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.
Courses found: 44
Agricultural and Environmental Management (Mountbellew)
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Agricultural Engineering
Tralee IT
Agricultural Science
Tralee IT
Agricultural Science
Tralee IT
Agriculture
Dundalk IT
Agriculture
Letterkenny IT
Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology
GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT
Arts (subject option: Geography)
UCD (NUI)
Arts (subject option: Geography)
NUI Galway
Arts (subject option: Geography)
UCC (NUI)
Arts (subject option: Geography)
TCD
Arts - Geography
University of Limerick
Arts - Geography
Maynooth University
Biological and Chemical Sciences
UCC (NUI)
Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
UCC (NUI)
Earth and Ocean Sciences
NUI Galway
Earth Sciences
TCD
Energy
University of Limerick
Energy and Environmental Engineering
IT Tallaght
Environment & Agriculture
Limerick IT
Environmental & Natural Resource Management
Limerick IT
Environmental and Natural Resource Management
Limerick IT
Environmental and Natural Resource Management (Thurles)
Limerick IT
Environmental Bioscience
Dundalk IT
Environmental Engineering
IT Sligo
Environmental Engineering
Cork Institute of Technology
Environmental Health
DIT
Environmental Management in Agriculture (at Thurles)
Limerick IT
Environmental Protection
IT Sligo
Environmental Science
University of Limerick
Environmental Science
IT Sligo
Environmental Science
NUI Galway
Environmental Science and Health
DCU
Forensic and Environmental Chemistry
DIT
Industrial and Environmental Physics
DIT
Marine Science
NUI Galway
Mechanical Engineering and Renewable Energy
Athlone IT
Renewable and Electrical Energy Systems
Limerick IT
Science
DIT
Science (Bioscience/Chemistry)
Athlone IT
Science - Applied Biosciences
Dundalk IT
Science - Biological and Environmental Studies
Tralee IT
Wildlife Biology
Tralee IT


Further Ed & PLC Course Suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.

Courses found: 24