The protection of key elements of our environment is important for human health. The ability to breathe clean air, to have a supply of wholesome drinking water and to be protected against the harmful effects of things like waste and noise are fundamental to our well-being.
The adverse impacts of the environment on health are therefore a core concern of environmental health practitioners (EHPs). An important part of their work involves investigating, identifying and assessing environmental problems and then working out the best approaches to tackle them.
Solutions range from identifying the correct scientific or technical method for reducing or eliminating a problem to taking legal action to sanction those who cause pollution or a nuisance. Securing compliance is not just about the courts, however, and EHPs also have an important role in advising industry and others on how to meet their legal obligations.
CIEH policy notes and other documents on environmental protection.