Competitive Salary Offered
Job description Specialist Environmental Health Officer
We are looking for a food qualified Envirnmental Health Officer to undertake a programme of food inspections for our south Wales local authority client
Principal Job Purpose
Responsible for: Undertake proactive and reactive interventions and investigations for food safety, communicable disease and health safety, responding to service requests and other notifications relevant to the work of the team and to take appropriate enforcement action where necessary to protect and improve public health. To undertake said duties in accordance with any relevant statutory requirements, codes of practice or other operational guidance / policies that may be applicable.
To undertake interventions and investigations and to enforce the relevant statutory provisions applicable to the team.
To investigate and provide an appropriate response to service requests regarding those matters that fall to the team for enforcement.
To investigate reports of communicable or notifiable diseases received by the team and provide an appropriate response to minimise the spread of infection within the community and prevent its reoccurrence.
To maintain accurate and comprehensive records in relation to all interventions, investigations, enforcement action or any other actions undertaken as part of the role and to ensure that all records are updated in a timely fashion and without unreasonable delay.
To prepare evidence for legal proceedings for non-compliance with relevant legislation, to instigate legal proceedings where appropriate and present that evidence in court.
To facilitate and provide formal and informal training, where required, in food safety, communicable disease and occupational Health & safety to raise standards and ensure compliance with relevant legislation.
To co-ordinate, supervise or liaise with technical and other staff as appropriate to the duties of the team.
To liaise and work in partnership where required with other Departments, outside Agencies, other local authorities and working groups of the Society of Directors of Public Protection Wales and / or Welsh Heads of Environmental Health to provide an exchange of information, expertise, and to ensure common standards of enforcement to deliver effective services.
To examine appropriate planning, licensing or other applications relevant to the team and to process or respond to these applications in accordance with any statutory requirements, operational guidance or relevant codes of practice, or as directed by the team manager.
To effectively contribute to the delivery of the Food Law Service Deliver Plan, Health and Safety Work Plan and the Public Protection Service’s Business Plan and any other Strategic objectives/plans of the Council relevant to the role under the direction of the team manager.
To act as lead officer for food safety, communicable disease or health and safety where directed by management.
To assist in the gathering and verification of data relating to the work of the team that is required for the completion of formal performance returns, as directed by the team manager.
To assist in the preparation of and provide responses to freedom of information requests, environmental information requests and subject access requests in line with Corporate policies and procedures and as directed by the team manager.
To participate in the emergency standby arrangements for the Public Protection Service.
To undertake any other relevant duties commensurate with the role which may from time to time be required by management, or as a mutually agreed development opportunity.
The post holder may be required to work in other Teams of the Public Protection Service where requested by management.
To comply with the relevant sections of the Authority’s policy statement on Health, Safety and Welfare at Work.
To adhere to the principles of the Corporate Equality Policy and ensure commitment to anti-discriminatory practice.
To adhere to all Corporate Policies or Procedures that are relevant to the role.
Qualifications & experience
BSc in Environmental Health or equivalent qualification recognised by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
The Post Holder must also possess a certificate of registration issued by the Environmental health Officers Registration Board.
Lead assessor training.
Food Hygiene Rating Scheme Consistency Training.
Proven post degree experience in undertaking proactive and reactive interventions and investigations for food hygiene Food Safety at a level which would satisfy the requirements of the current Food Law Code of Practice (Wales) - Chapter 1.2 Qualifications and Experience and which would allow thus them to undertake the full range of official controls detailed (with the exception of specialist and complex processes)*.
*Experience to a level that would satisfy the requirements for specialist and complex processes is dealt with under desirable criteria for applicants.