Environmental Health Officer (Housing)

08 Nov 2018
08 Dec 2018
KBC 2243
EH Practitioner
Contract Type

Environmental Health Officer (Housing) Health and Housing


This is a three month contract which is likely to be extended

Responsible to: Principal Environmental Health Officer

Responsible for: No direct management responsibility

Main Purpose of the Job

Provide high quality specialised services in the area of private sector Housing and advise on the full range of issues which meet the needs of the borough’s multi-racial community including managing projects and assisting in policy development as required.

Duties & Responsibilities

Act as Lead Officer on allocated projects and carry a case load ensuring all work is undertaken in accordance with statutory requirements, the Council’s policies and procedures, the highest professional practice and to the benefit of the residents of the Borough. 

Provide specialist technical advice on all issues relating to the work of Environmental Protection - Housing and be responsible for ensuring that such advice is given in accordance with the best professional standards, where appropriate assuming and exercising delegated statutory authority.

By using appropriate interventions, using delegated powers and specialist skills (audit, inspection, enforcement powers, negotiation and persuasion) within all types of activity, within the Borough, with the aim to gain and ensure compliance with Environmental Health legislation so that the standards of public health are protected and enhanced for residents, businesses and visitors.

Ensure compliance with current legislation making decisions on applications or dealing with issues as they arise, or within prescribed timescales, and using enforcement and other legal measures as necessary.

Promote the work and services of the Directorate and Section liaising with other services within the Council, external bodies and statutory authorities including the provision of information, advice, guidance and assistance to residents of the Borough, elected members and businesses.

As an authorised Officer provide professional / technical advice whilst undertaking Environmental Health Housing enforcement and inspection duties.

Exercise delegated authority where authorised to act as an Officer or Inspector on behalf of the Council under the appropriate legislative provisions and ensure statutory responsibilities are properly and effectively discharged in relation to housing, including Houses in Multiple Occupation.

To undertake more complex programmed and complaint inspections, surveys and investigations under relevant Environmental Health Legislation, including visiting sites alone taking necessary action, such visits will involve attending locations and encountering situations which may involve personal risk.

Carry a caseload prioritising and programming work and making day-to-day decisions on cases as required.

Initiate and carry out enforcement and legal process functions in residential and commercial premises, including the prosecution, seizure or detention of` goods, issuing of notices, application for and execution of warrants necessitating the forced entry to premises.

Provide specialist technical advice and guidance to all service users including residents, consumers, traders and businesses on all Environmental Health matters.

Responsible for the proper storage, care, calibration of all specialist and routine equipment which may be necessary for the carrying out of the post in accordance with best practice.

Prepare case reports and make recommendations for legal proceedings and provide briefings for legal representatives.

Produce witness statements, attend court and other legal forums and act as an expert witness in Environmental Health issues on behalf of the Council.

From time-to-time co-»ordinate responses on multi disciplinary issues where the public is at risk and where liaison with and action from other organisations and Council departments is necessary.

Participate in the preparation of policies, procedures and guidance notes and the development of quality assurance and system manuals on good practice.

To prepare correspondence and reports for, and represent the Section at Committees / Sub Committees, or be a representative of the Council at Forums, Multi-disciplinary working groups, etc.

To represent the Council on liaison and multi—disciplinary working groups both within and outside the Borough and ensure appropriate liaison with all interested parties on issues including the public, elected members, other Council Dept’s and other Local Authorities.

The postholder may be required to undertake any duty appropriate to the post within any team of the Section at any location within the Borough 

To ensure that all duties and responsibilities are performed in accordance with all Council’s Policies and Procedures including Financial Regulations, Standing Orders, Personnel Policies and Procedures, Health & Safety Policy etc.

To participate in the Council’s Performance Management Scheme achieving identified standards / targets and ensuring these are met within the agreed timescale.

Keep abreast of professional developments, legislative changes and best practice in all areas of Environmental Health, attending Continuing Professional Development Courses as appropriate and applying updated knowledge to present ease load and sharing information gathered on Courses, including providing training for other staff

To operate and utilise Information Technology as appropriate to the work of the Section and assist with the identification and development of new IT applications that would improve the efficiency of the Section.

To promote and comply with the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy in the opposition and eradication of all forms of discrimination and to ensure all services are accessible to all users.

To undertake any other duties and responsibilities which may from time-to-time arise which are within the capabilities of the postholder and commensurate with the grade of the post.

As an authorised Environmental Health Officer provide professional/technical advice and mentoring to other Environmental Health Officers/Technical Officers/Trainee Technical Officers/Students within the Service.

Carry a caseload prioritising and programming work and making decisions on cases as required. Initiating inspections in all types premises including high risk premises. To secure compliance to acceptable standards by own initiative.

To have achieved EHRB accreditation and be working towards the Assessment of Professional Development scheme of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Deliver advice, run campaigns and education initiatives with businesses, residents and targeted groups to raise and improve levels of public health within the Borough

General Terms

To maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job and participate in appropriate training/development activities including the council’s performance, development and review scheme. 

Ensure that all duties and responsibilities are discharged in accordance with the council’s policies and procedures, Code of Conduct and relevant regulations and legislation.  To comply with the council’s equal opportunities and diversity policies ensuring anti-discriminatory practice within the service area.

To be able to work evenings and weekends with appropriate notice.

This job description is a guide to the level and range of responsibilities you will be expected to undertake.  It may be changed from time to time to reflect changing circumstances and demands.  As directed, you will undertake additional duties and responsibilities that may arise from time to time commensurate with the grade of the post.

Person Specification

Up to date knowledge of current work practices and recent developments within Environmental Health Legislation.

Knowledge and awareness of the issues involved when working within a multi-racial community.

Understanding of criminal evidential requirements and processes. 

Qualifications & Experience

Degree or Diploma in Environmental Health

Certificate of Registration with the EHORB

Experience in environmental health enforcement, service of statutory notices, preparation of legal proceedings, appearing in court as a witness    E

Achieving Results

Ability to plan, programme, deliver and monitor projects and programmes of work, in line with agreed timescales and outputs; ability to contribute to cross-service/agency projects.

Good organisational skills and be capable of achieving agreed deadlines and targets, whilst staying motivated and focused.

Clear verbal and written communication skills to write reports for statutory purposes, to achieve successful outcomes

Ability to bring creative solutions to problems.  

Ability to present complex issues clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and to develop appropriate promotional material.

Ability to develop effective partnerships within the council, with the private sector and other external agencies - both statutory and voluntary.  (The post holder will seek out new initiatives for partnership working in the delivery of services in accordance with best practice and council policies).

Able to establish positive working relationships, and work closely with elected Members, chief officers, external agencies, community groups and individuals.

Effective negotiation and advocacy skills

Ability to respond effectively in pressurised and difficult situations

Ability to use information technology systems and equipment          

Valuing Diversity

Commitment to the principles and practice of equality and diversity in employment and service delivery.

Ability to deal courteously with Members, all service users and colleagues in all circumstances

Enthusiastic, dedicated and highly motivated to provide high quality service

Ability to work as part of a team

Knowledge and commitment to Equal Opportunities and the ability to implement within the service and for service delivery  

Learning Effectively

Actively pursuing Continuing Professional Development as defined by the CIEH.

Committed to own learning and development.

Able to share good practice and experience and learn from others.

Ability to deal with difficult situations with tact and diplomacy.

Ability to deal sympathetically and effectively with clients.

Ability to respond constructively to changing demands and needs, meet tight deadlines and maintain quality services.

Understanding of the use of IT in developing services.

Aptitude to assist in the development of policies and procedures within the service area.

Ability to efficiently and effectively analyse information.        

Additional Requirements

Will be required to work outside normal office hours to carry out service functions and attend meetings as required

Undertake unaccompanied site visits as appropriate

Post holder shall have a full, clean driving licence and shall provide a suitable vehicle for carrying out the functions of the post