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Scope of Practice

What can Environmental Health or Waste Water Specialists do?

Environmental Health Specialist

Environmental health specialists promote the control of infectious disease through environmental hygiene by enforcing health and safety standards relating to food, water, septic systems and other consumer products. Environmental health specialists use public health "surveillance" to track and anticipate health problems.
Public health surveillance involves the ongoing collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of information about health events. These data help determine, for example, which foods pose the biggest risk to health, how and when people are most likely to be affected, and what health risks may result from disasters such as floods.
Environmental health specialists also conduct routine inspections and provide pre-construction plan review of public facilities such as restaurants, hotels, day care businesses, food processing plants, institutions, public swimming pools and other recreational facilities to ensure that minimum health and safety standards are met.
Environmental health specialists frequently work for public agencies such as county health departments, and state agencies such as Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority.

Waste Water Specialist

Waste water specialists evaluate soil data for design and installation of waste water systems that utilize soil as part of the disposal process.
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Step-by-Step Process

To more effectively and efficiently respond to stakeholder questions, the Health Licensing Office has developed a step-by-step process. Below, are documents to assist stakeholders in requesting clarification regarding licensing and regulatory issues.

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Issue Responses

There are currently no issue responses for the Environmental Health Registration Board.

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More Information

For more information, contact an HLO policy analyst at 503-378-8667 or at hlo.info@state.or.us.
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