Occupational Health and Safety issues faced by environmental health officers: A perspective from Western Australian

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Environmental Health


National ENvironemental Health Association


School of Medical and Health Sciences




Dine, G., Reed, S., & Oosthuizen, J. (2021). Occupational Health and Safety Issues Faced by Environmental Health Officers: A Perspective From Western Australian. Journal of Environmental Health, 83(8). https://www.neha.org/node/61840


Environmental health officers (EHOs) are exposed to various physical, chemical, biological, and psychosocial hazards as frontline public health professionals. These exposures to workplace hazards, however, can be overlooked by EHOs. This study investigates occupational health and safety (OHS) issues faced by EHOs in Western Australia. We conducted an online questionnaire-based cross-sectional study. In total, 75 EHOs completed the survey. We analyzed differences in the general demographic profile, occupational profile, and OHS perception of participants. EHOs perceived themselves as being at risk of exposure to workplace stress; workplace violence; injury from sharps; and slips, trips and falls. Most participants also identified job demands, work–life balance, and biomechanical demands to be other important risks. This study provides useful preliminary information in understanding OHS issues in the environmental health profession.

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