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					POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position:            Environmental Health Officer
Department:          Engineering
Reports to:          Manager, Health and Regulatory Services
Classification:      5

Position code:       91
Date prepared:       24 Oct 2008
Date reviewed:       Dec 2009

Employees of Adelaide Hills Council are working together to build the community
through leadership, community involvement and commitment to service.

In performing their daily tasks, Council staff will be community focused and committed
to high quality customer service as measured by appropriate data.

1.     Position Objective
       This position is responsible for the administration of the Public and
       Environmental Health Act, Food Act and other relevant legislation and to assist
       Council to fulfil its “Duty of Care” under these Acts and to maintain and
       improve, as necessary, the environmental health standards within the
       community. It has the additional focus of assisting Council with climate change
       strategies.

2.     Key Responsibilities
       1. Conduct regular inspection programs and surveys to ensure compliance
           with the relevant legislation.
       2. Investigate complaints of alleged breaches of Food Act, Environment
           Protection Act and other Environmental Health legislation and enforce as
           necessary.
       3. Gather evidence for prosecution as required.
       4. Examine plans of premises for compliance with the relevant legislation
       5. Provide technical information to the public and industry on food and
           environmental health issues.
       6. Inspect, examine and identify food and contaminants and determine fitness
           of food for human consumption.
       7. Investigation of prescribed diseases and food poisoning outbreaks as
           directed by Council or the South Australian Department of Health.
       8. Attend out of hours major festivals for the purpose of food surveillance as
           directed.
       9. Assess plans and issue approvals for waste control systems including
           STEDS.
       10. Inspect swimming pools/ cooling towers and test water for compliance with
           legislation.
       11. Carry out other environmental health issues in accordance with the
           Adelaide Hills Council Public and Environmental Health Strategic Plan.
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           12. Undertake the designated strategies outlined in the Adelaide Hills Climate
               Change Strategy.

3.         Organisational Relationships
           Internally, relate with staff, particularly in Health, Planning and Engineering,
           Managers and Directors.

           Externally, relate with customers, residents, businesses, other LG bodies and
           State Government agencies including Environment Protection Authority (EPA),
           Department of Health, SA Water, and Department of Primary Industries.

4.         Decision Making/Problem Solving
           This position works under general direction and exercises a degree of
           autonomy and professional judgement within prescribed areas. When making
           decisions the incumbent is required to refer to policy, documented practices,
           techniques, precedents, and guidelines. The incumbent is required to exercise
           initiative and judgement where procedures are not clearly defined. Complex
           matters are to be referred to the Senior Environmental Health Officer or
           Manager Health & Regulatory Services.
5.         Authority
           This position has the authority to:
           •      act in relation to OHS&W/risk management matters within area of
                  responsibility
           •      This position has the authority as an;
                  1. Authorised Officer under Public and Environmental Health Act 1987
                  2. Authorised Officer under the Food Act 2001
                  3. Authorised Officer under the Local Government Act 1999.
                  4. Authorised Officer under the Supported Residential Facilities Act
                       1992.
                  5. Issue Expiation Fines, Notices and Directions under the above Acts
                  6. Authorised Officer Environment Protection Act 1993 (relevant
                       Sections- EPECC Certificate desirable)

          Delegations
          All powers, functions and duties of the Council, as listed in the Annual
          Delegations Manual are delegated in respect of the following:

                      •    Public and Environmental Health Act, 1987 (relevant sections);
                      •    Food Act 2001 and Regulations (relevant sections);
                      •    Specified Council By-laws as per delegation records;
                      •    Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992
                      •    Waste Control Regulations1987 (relevant Regulations)
                      •    Expiation of Offences Act 1996
                      •    Environment Protection Act 1993


6.         Performance Indicators
           Success in this position will be measured by reaching the goals set out in the
           Performance Development Plan. (Goals are set annually in discussion with
           your supervisor. Feedback, coaching and two formal reviews continue over
           the year.)



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7.        Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare and Risk Management
          The Employee has a responsibility, under the OHS&W Act (SA 1986) Section
          21 Duties of Workers, to ensure their own health and safety, and that of their
          fellow employees, at work.

           This includes but is not limited to:
            • referring to further ‘operational’ information contained in Councils’ OHS&W
               and Injury Management (IM) Roles and Responsibility Policy.
            • taking reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of others
               whilst at work, including ensuring that no alcohol or drugs are consumed so
               as to endanger the employee’s own safety at work or the safety of any
               other person at work.
            • obeying reasonable instructions of the employer in relation to health and
               safety at work.
            • abide by Council’s OHS&W policies and safe working procedures.
            • actively contributing to consultative and participative arrangements for the
               management of OHS&W and injury management.
            • using equipment provided for health and safety purposes and reporting
               malfunctioning or faulty equipment.
            • not interfering with or misusing items or facilities provided in the interest of
               health, safety and welfare.
            • reporting to their manager in accordance with agreed Council procedures
               for accidents, incidents, near misses, hazards or potential hazards.
            • to reporting any risks or potential risks identified within Council buildings
               and facilities and the Council area.
            • to discussing with their immediate supervisor on whether an issue/matter
               observed constitutes a risk to Council.

8.         Equal Employment Opportunity.
           Employees of the Adelaide Hills Council are required to adhere to the
           requirements of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (as amended) and all other
           associated legislation, including the Local Government Act.

9.         Records Management
           The incumbent is responsible and accountable for adequately managing the
           corporate records they create and receive according to relevant policies,
           procedures and legislation.




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PERSON SPECIFICATION

9.         Qualifications
           Essential
           1. Relevant tertiary qualification in Environmental Health to enable
              appointment under the Public and Environmental Health Act and Food Act
              as an authorised officer.
           2. Current Car Driver's licence.

10.        Knowledge
           1. Sound knowledge of the:
              a. Public and Environmental Health Act 1987 and Regulations,
              b. Food Act 2001 and Regulations,
              c. Environment Protection Act 1993 and Environment Protection Policies.
           2. Sound knowledge of other relevant legislation in respect to environmental
              health issues including:
              a. Supported Residential Facilities Act 1992,
              b. Housing Improvement Act, 1940
              c. Local Government Act 1999
           3. Sound discipline knowledge of current environmental issues.
           4. Knowledge of inter-relationships between Local, State, Federal
              Government and other authorities with whom a working relationship is
              common.
           5. Sound knowledge of Council policies, operations and services relevant to
              the work area.
           6. Knowledge of customer service practices and service delivery in a Local
              Government setting.

11.        Experience
           1. Experience in Local Government.
           2. Experience in a multi disciplinary environment.
           3. Experience in quality customer service delivery.

12.        Skills/Abilities
           1. Demonstrated commitment to outstanding customer service.
           2. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including report writing.
           3. Ability to accurately interpret and apply legislation.
           4. Well developed consultative and negotiation skills.
           5. Well developed conflict resolution and problem solving skills.
           6. Consistently approach workload in a proactive fashion to ensure priorities
               and deadlines are met.
           7. Demonstrated ability to work within that team as well as work
               independently.
           8. Proficient use of computer packages including Microsoft packages (Word,
               Excel and Outlook), TRIM, Map Info, Council’s corporate system and the
               ability to learn new programs.
           9. Ability to identify and implement change initiatives.

Present Occupant:                                             Signed:                                               Date:

Supervisor:                                                   Signed:                                               Date:




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SELECTION CRITERIA

1. Relevant tertiary qualification in Environmental Health, and experience and
   expertise to undertake the range of duties required.
2. Knowledge of Climate Change Principles
3. Knowledge of waste control systems.
4. Sound knowledge of statutory requirements relevant to the discipline.
5. Demonstrated commitment to outstanding customer service.
6. Well developed interpersonal skills
7. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including report writing.
8. Experience in a multi-disciplined environment.
9. Initiative to expand knowledge and skills in a local government regulatory
   environment




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