Environmental Health, Enforcement
Competitive Salary Offered
Job Title: Environmental Health Officer (EHO)/ Environmental Health Compliance Officer
We are looking for an experienced Technical Officer / Environmental Health Officer to assist with a project identifying, inspecting and licensing HMOs.
The successful post holder will be an experienced housing officer with the ability to work independently within the community protection team. The post holder must be experienced, competent and competent at accurately assessing risk, using HHSRS, carrying out inspections of HMOs and processing/issuing licences. A sound working knowledge of the Housing Act 2004 and other tools available to proactively identify HMOs is essential.
This is a temporary contract and is with a local government department in Hertfordshire
Hours per week: 37 hours per week.
Driving licence requirement: The post holder will be expected to travel to achieve the requirements of the role therefore a full driving licence is essential.
Essential car user allowance and mileage payable.
Purpose of Role:
To protect and improve the health, quality, safety and economic prosperity of our town in an efficient and effective way through the application of specialist skills, knowledge and expertise in the full range of environmental health functions.
Learn through a structured development programme to enable competency in all areas of Environmental Health, development to include on the job learning in order to become a fully qualified EHO if not already qualified.
To work within agreed service levels, procedures, project plans, protocols and policies to provide environmental health services that protect and improve health and wellbeing, contribute to the corporate objectives and ensure compliance with statutory provisions and corporate policy.
To provide services across the full range of environmental health functions, namely:
food safety; health and safety at work; infectious diseases; licensing; private sector housing (including HMOs); environmental protection; and public health.
To work as a Duty Officer on a rota basis providing a first point of contact and investigation for enquiries.
To undertake provision of an out of hours service on a rota basis.
People and Organisation Management
To support the Environmental Health Managers by providing specialist advice and developing service delivery, including the production and revision of policies and procedures and providing support, training and guidance to peers
To achieve timely resolutions that promote and protect public health, support responsible businesses, are sustainable and are in line with the Council’s Enforcement Policy, including independently serving formal notices and making recommendations for prosecution within the agreed protocols and authorisations.
Undertake and execute in a consistent, proportionate and transparent manner, a caseload of proactive and reactive cases and enforcement work to meet statutory and service requirements.
Investigate, research and assess a range of situations and activities, including analysis and evaluation of complex data/information and take action/provide information so that appropriate action can be taken to meet the needs of customers and comply with relevant standards and regulations.
Build, maintain and promote effective working relationships with councillors, colleagues, partners and external organisations to ensure the work objectives are effectively delivered and services are improved, cost-effective and add value.
To support responsible businesses in being successful and assist them in compliance with related legislation and regulations.
To carry out sampling, monitoring and survey work as necessary across the range of Environmental Health functions.
To keep abreast of changes in legislation, policy, practices and techniques across the range of environmental health, and to develop a more detailed knowledge in nominated specialist areas.
To develop and manage multi-agency projects, directing a wide range of professionals to deliver set objectives.
To contribute to service improvement and delivery by playing an active role in design and delivery of services and projects.
To consult and inform the Environmental Health Managers of any casework which is controversial, political or otherwise of a sensitive nature.
To provide cover where required and general assistance to the Environmental Health Manager to ensure effective delivery of objectives.
Finance and budgetary control
Effectively manage any project budget assigned up to the value of £50,000 within the agreed protocols of the project to deliver quality and value for money
Procure, arrange and monitor services to deliver works in default up to a value of £10,000, this will include emergency situations being carried out without specific managerial guidance/approval, but in accordance with the corporate procurement policy.
Contribute to generating and securing internal and external funding for relevant areas of work to enable project delivery.
Premises, equipment or information
Responsible for confidential electronic and paper information, including sensitive data, in compliance with the Data Protection Act and other relevant information/requirements
To maintain up to date detailed records of all work undertaken, including the transfer to computer based systems to aid statistical returns, case and performance management and in line with procedures.
Shared responsibility for the maintenance of equipment including noise monitoring equipment, cameras, food probes and stab vests.
Key Performance Indicators:
Competency achieved in accordance with agreed development plan and the CIEH professional portfolio and exams passed
Statutory and internal set timescales such as undertaking inspections and responses to enquiries, complaints and inspections
Satisfaction survey results
Positive feedback from customers, officers and partners
Number of customer complaints regarding service delivery
Achievement of agreed outcomes in relation to projects
Those set by WBC for internal and external publication
Residents and stakeholders
Service team including Managers
Colleagues in Housing, Revenues and Benefits, Customer Service Centre, Events and Planning
Elected Mayor and Councillors
Fellow public health professionals across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
Important Notes Relating to Duties:
In dealing with any form of contract or tendering procedures on behalf of the councils, the holder of this post is personally responsible for ensuring that she/he: -
Is familiar with the relevant requirements of the Council’s constitution, Contracts procedures, Rules and Financial Procedure Rules, Officer Code of Conduct and other management guidance that may be given from time to time;
Complies with these formal requirements and related procedures; and
Seeks advice from a more senior officer or an officer with specialism in subject area if in any doubt about the proper course of action.
This section presents the knowledge, skills, experience, personal qualities and qualifications that are considered essential for a person being deployed to this role.
Knowledge/ Skills / Qualifications
This is a career grade post; the post holder will be expected to achieve competency and complete CIEH qualification pathway to enable progression to a qualified EHO so the grade difference will cover:
Holds a Diploma or Degree in Environmental Health and Certificate of Registration with the Environmental Health Officers Registration Board (EHORB) or is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner.
Holds an Environmental Health Degree/Diploma and is either
enrolled on the Chartered Programme for registration as a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner
is currently completing an ELP/PPP and anticipates taking the professional exams
An up to date technical knowledge of all aspects of environmental health and a current working knowledge of the associated legislation.
The ability to design, deliver, monitor, report and participate in projects using appropriate tools and templates to contribute to service aims.
Good organisational and management skills in order to meet deadlines in a timely manner and manage risks.
The ability to work under pressure and to manage interruptions, including unexpected and unanticipated situations whilst out of district.
Ability to take ownership and deliver solutions, working unsupervised and on own initiative.
Ability to work effectively with customers, colleagues and other organisations and to manage expectations.
Understanding of, and the ability to deliver excellent customer service skills.
Good written and verbal communication skills with a wide range of people from varied professional, technical and cultural backgrounds in order to deliver positive outcomes.
Commercial awareness – an understanding of the pressures facing businesses and the importance of this in achieving compliance.
Understanding and appreciation of the internal and external influences and partnerships relevant to working in Environmental Health in particular and Local Government in general.
Awareness of the major issues and challenges facing Environmental Health functions.
Sensitivity and ability to work effectively with vulnerable clients, sometimes those having mental health issues.
Ability to defuse situations that may arise from dissatisfied and anxious service users, dealing with contentious issues in a considerate and appropriate manner
Ability to advise, negotiate and influence individuals and businesses to adopt/desist a particular course of action.
Ability to deal with difficult physical environments that are not uncommon on-site visits. For example, building sites, drainage complaints, pest infestations, animal licensing issues and filthy/verminous premises.
Ability to follow risk assessment controls and procedures to minimise the risks of exposure to pathogens whilst dealing with cases of infectious disease in a timely manner.
Ability to travel frequently within and outside the Borough.
To provide an excellent level of customer service, internally and externally, managing customer expectations and achieving service standards
To communicate clearly, appropriately and effectively to achieve desired outcomes. This will involve sensitive and complex information
Manage an individual and varied case load, prioritising visits, inspections and cases to ensure performance targets are met.
To balance conflicting and challenging demands from customers, colleagues and managers whilst prioritising objectively.
Provide complex technical and professional advice, guidance, consultation and solutions to customers, colleagues and external agencies to meet service delivery requirements
To support the Environmental Health Managers by providing specialist advice and developing service delivery, including the production and revision of policies and procedures and providing support, training and guidance to peers.
To assist in the training and supervision of in-house officers and support staff, work placements and students including cascade training to peers to meet services objectives.
To be responsible for development of training material and delivery of training to service users including the public, businesses and fellow professionals to meet service objectives
To understand and apply the principles of the Hertfordshire Regulators Charter
To represent the Council and Section professionally and positively at all times
To have obtained a level of competency to work to contractual/statutory deadlines in an enforcement environment
Gain experience of and demonstrate ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
Evidence of dealing effectively with change.
Evidence of understanding and achieving continual improvement.
Experience of working with external and internal customers, understanding their needs and providing a high standard of customer care.
ICT/ technological aptitude
Ability to use Microsoft Office applications effectively, including Outlook and to produce documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Ability to use an electronic case management database
Ability to maintain detailed notes and records on cases and inspections undertaken, in accordance with Service procedures.
Ability to operate equipment such as noise meters, food sampling equipment, food thermometers, measuring equipment and damp meters
Ability to draw accurate and detailed plans of properties both manually and using software.
Develops and maintains positive working relationships with others.
Shares ideas, information and knowledge.
Has credibility with peers and senior managers.
High customer service ethic – is passionate about meeting customer/client expectations, championing vulnerable customers and improving service levels.
Keeps pace with change – acquires knowledge/skills as the business develops.
Is flexible to meet service and customer needs.
Self-motivated and committed to delivering high quality service and protecting public health.
Engenders trust and respect from customers, colleagues and partners.
Acts with integrity and sensitivity.
Takes personal responsibility.
Supports team members.
Manages pressure well.
Maintains professional, polite and courteous manner even in challenging situations.
Works to understand customers issues and to offer positive solutions.