Environmental health is concerned with physical, chemical and biological factors that impact on health. It is aimed at preventing disease and creating healthy environments.
 Environmental health professionals
 Environmental protection
Implementing UK and European laws in relation to air, water, noise, contaminated land and so on. In relation to air pollution control and air quality management, audits and action plans may be undertaken to identify and rectify any problems. The management of noise is a key role within neighbourhood noise disputes.
 Food safety
Ensuring food is stored, handled, prepared and served in a hygienic and safe way:
- Inspections of food businesses.
- Advising businesses and schools on food regulation and hygiene improvement.
- Investigating food complaints.
- Investigating food poisoning cases.
- Issuing hazard warnings if outbreaks occur.
Monitoring housing standards within rental properties to ensure they are a suitable standard to live in and inspecting facilities such as fire escape routes, smoke alarms, sanitation and so on. If necessary, enforcement action will be taken to secure improvements.
 Public health
Working alongside doctors, health visitors and dieticians to help protect and promote better public health. Human health can be affected by the environment we live in, the job we undertake, the food we consume and the lifestyle we live, as well as diseases.
Local authority environmental health services are generally administered by the local authority which has a range of responsibilities and the power to prosecute and enforce regulations and legislation.
Typical areas of responsibility include:
- Food hygiene and safety.
- Control of infectious disease.
- Health and safety at work.
- Pollution control.
- Animal welfare.
- Pest control.
- Private water supplies.
- Private sector housing.
- Health promotion.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki.
- Building regulations.
- Construction dust.
- Contaminated land.
- Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).
- Ergonomics in construction.
- First aider.
- Health and Safety Executive.
- Health and safety inspector.
- Health and safety.
- Local authority.
- Noise nuisance.
- Reporting accidents and injuries on construction sites.
- Work at height regulations.
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