Certified Public Health Inspector

County of Lambton

Certified Public Health Inspector

Job Number:  J0518-0104
Job Title:  Certified Public Health Inspector
Position Status:  Part Time
Union:  CUPE 1291
Division:  Public Health Services
Facility:  Lambton Public Health
City:  Forest and Point Edward, Ontario, Canada
Number of Positions:  1

Hours of Work:
3 days per week, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Wage Rate:$36.98 - $41.41/Hour
Date Posted:May 7, 2018

Closing Date:  May 27, 2018
Starting Date:  June 18, 2018
*Please Note: This position will work primarily out of the Forest sub-office.*

The County of Lambton is an urban-rural area in southwestern Ontario that is home to over 126,000 residents. The Corporation's seven divisions operate programs and services for the residents of Lambton County such as land ambulance, provincial offences court, three Long-Term Care Homes, 26 library branches, two museums, an art gallery, archives, local roadways, public health services, housing services, social services, building services and planning and development services. Lambton County is a community dedicated to economic growth, environmental stewardship and an enhanced quality of life through the provision of responsive and efficient services and collaborative efforts with its municipal and community partners.

Position Overview
Provide public health inspection services to the community by enforcing health legislation and standards, investigating community health issues, ensuring the resolution of health issues, educating the public and continuously monitoring the indicators of community health.

Duties and Responsibilities
Inspections & Investigations:
  • Set scheduled priorities where appropriate, ensuring mandated and departmental requirements are met
  • Apply in practice, key knowledge, critical thinking skills, and aptitudes related to environmental public health sciences
  • Apply systematic inspection processes and risk assessments during the inspection of premises and conduct audits where applicable
  • Assess whether complaints fall within scope of duties, set priorities and respond within 24 hour period as per mandated legislation
  • Identify health hazards and take appropriate action where problems/risks exist
  • Apply risk assessment processes during investigations and refer matters to Supervisor or other relevant agencies or departments where appropriate
  • Apply investigative procedures in the follow-up and management of individual disease reports, food-borne illness, disease outbreaks, animal incident reports, food recalls, environmental inspections, suspect health hazards, and Ministry directed incidents
  • Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities and maintain current professional knowledge of environmental public health sciences, regulations, techniques, procedures, equipment, sampling, and documentation
Assessment and Analysis:
  • Use equipment, techniques, and procedures to conduct inspections/investigations
  • Collect, store, and submit appropriate samples
  • Interpret results and take necessary action including clearing critical decisions with the Supervisor, Manager, and/or Medical Officer of Health 
  • Assess, analyze, and evaluate information (investigations, inspections, emergencies, data, facts, sample results, surveillance data and disease trends, concepts, theories) to make evidence informed decisions, prepare reports, conduct investigations, and make recommendations for corrective action, risk management and/or policy and program development
Program Planning and Evaluation:
  • Assist in analyzing and evaluating policies, programs, and lessons learned in environmental public health to assess program effectiveness and assist in developing plans to ensure continuing quality assurance (includes incidents of outbreaks and emergencies)
  • Assist in developing programs, protocols, and strategies
  • Assist in the formulation and review of departmental policies, procedures, goals, and objectives
Communication, Collaboration, and Advocacy:
  • Develop and conduct education/training sessions to the community as per the public health standards. Develop educational/promotional resources and materials
  • Assess the needs of learners; teach public health concepts to all ages, genders, cultures, and backgrounds in various settings with available resources
  • Use teaching as part of the regulatory functions of program delivery activities. Explain concepts of public health practice, with possible consequences and resolutions using both written and oral communication
  • Liaise with stakeholders (Ministry, community, agencies, individuals, media), establish partnerships, and create collaborative approaches to promote common education or advocacy initiatives through shared resources and responsibilities
  • Assist in the training and orientation of student Public Health Inspectors, students and other personnel as assigned
  • Explain and share knowledge, tools, expertise, and experience to build capacity, improve performance, and enhance the quality of the working environment
  • Assist in preparing media releases and press packages and respond to media requests for program information at the discretion of the Supervisor
Legal and Regulatory:
  • Use legal and regulatory discretion when dealing with issues and problems in environmental public health practice and apply progressive enforcement actions applicable to the situation when hazardous practices, related illnesses, or noncompliance activities have been identified
Ethics and Professionalism:
  • Adhere to principles, standards, professional & personal boundaries, and codes of conduct established by the health inspection profession and organizational policies.
Administrative Duties:
  • Maintain accurate and current records of daily activities
  • Record and produce regular reports on results of inspections and investigations
On-Call Duties:
  • Provide on-call coverage as per the Ontario Public Health Standards and in accordance with the collective agreement and applicable departmental policies and procedures
  • Incumbents must keep up-to-date on all relevant legislation, collective bargaining agreements, County Policies and Procedures, etc. ensuring that these are implemented as prescribed
  • Incumbents must possess the physical ability to meet the duties and responsibilities of the job description and/or the requirements identified within the position's Physical Demands Analysis
These describe the general nature and level of work being performed by incumbents in this classification. They are not an exhaustive list of all job duties in the classification. Other duties may be assigned.

Supervision Requirements
Direct Supervision: Not applicable
Indirect Supervision: Not applicable
Functional Authority: Students

Minimum Formal Education
  • Bachelor's degree from a recognized institution in Environmental Health or the deemed equivalent
  • Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada)
  • Knowledge of Ontario Public Health Standards
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within an interdisciplinary team

A valid Ontario driver’s license and use of a vehicle.
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Location: Wyoming, ON.

Region: Zone 1

Professional Category(s): Health Services.

Posted: May 7, 2018, 10:20 am

Expires: May 27, 2018, 4:30 pm

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