Major Recruitment are currently recruiting for an Environmental Health Officer in the Sandwell area.
Working hours 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Pay rate: £17.06
To be part of the Environmental Enforcement Team responding rapidly to incidents of environmental concern reported by elected members, senior managers and members of the public, making decisions on an appropriate course of action to resolve the situation which may include taking enforcement actions, such as the issuing of fixed penalty notices.
To lead on the implementation of any prosecution action required to be taken against any person or business where evidence exists that demonstrates a breach of appropriate legislation or regulations.
To manage and supervise the Environmental Rapid Response Team.
To work in partnership with other teams within Regulatory Services to provide a consistent approach to enforcement activity.
Your current duties and responsibilities will be –
· To maintain personal knowledge of Environmental Health functions, related legislation and codes of practice.
· To maintain a consistent understanding of Equality, Quality and Customer Care Policies and Procedures
· To interpret and implement appropriate legislation, codes of practice and policies to address incidents of environmental concern.
· To act as an Enforcement Officer in relation to all issues and situations which pose an environmental concern to have a thorough understanding of case law and legislation relating to the specialist area to determine the appropriate course of action regarding the issuing of fixed penalties or pursuing action through the courts system.
· To use your in depth understanding of appropriate legislation and case law to build prosecution cases and files where appropriate which meet the required evidential requirements to secure a positive outcome when enforcement action is implemented.
· To work flexibly as part of a team or using your own initiative
· To compile reports outlining the progress of enforcement work that has been undertaken and any issues of concern, as well as reports where appropriate which can be used in the process of enforcement action being taken.
· To be responsible for the day to day management and supervision of the Environmental Rapid Response Operatives.
· To assess a situation and make decisions or give advice on the most appropriate course of action/resolution based on the assessment undertaken.
· To carry out detailed on-site inspections and develop subsequent reports to comply with Divisional Policies and procedures and legislation
· To effectively and productively manage relationships with sometime angry, difficult and upset customers and stakeholders
· To support the implementation of all relevant Regulatory Services Policies, Procedures and Legislation (including enforcement) to ensure the well-being of the Community.
· To plan and implement a schedule of inspections, investigations as required.
· To carry out the appropriate risk assessments on reports of environmental concerns and take necessary steps to both manage and where possible reduce and remove the level of risk identified.
· To ensure members of the public and businesses being dealt with comply with the appropriate legislation relating to matters of environmental concern for which they are responsible.
· To provide advice and guidance to members of the public and businesses on their regulatory responsibilities to ensure they are aware of their rights and responsibilities in relation to Environmental Health related matters.
· To support and contribute to awareness raising campaigns aimed at reducing Environmental Health issues.
· To attend and participate in team and other meetings as appropriate and undertake such personal training and development as may be required
· To compile and maintain accurate records and information systems, both manual and computerised in relation to the post.
· To participate in the operation of the Council’s Appraisal Scheme.
· It is your responsibility to carry out your duties in line with the Council’s policy on equality and be sensitive and caring to the needs of the disadvantaged, promoting a positive approach to a harmonious working environment.
· You should act as an exemplar on these issues and should identify and monitor training for yourself and any employees for whom you are responsible, in line with this policy and also the Equalities Act 2010.
· Such other duties as may be appropriate to achieve the objectives of the post to assist the Thematic Area in the fulfilment of its objectives commensurate with the post holder’s salary grade, abilities and aptitudes.
· The post holder must at all times carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to the Council’s policy, organisation and arrangements for Health and Safety at Work