Environmental Health Technician
As an Environmental Health Technician, you will help protect the health of military and civilian personnel, both on our bases in the UK and on operations and exercises overseas.
In the UK tasks could include; workplace inspections of a broad range of environments from catering facilities to engineering bays to check that personnel are working safely. You may have to monitor the emission levels of hazardous chemicals from a process, measure the lighting or noise levels in a workplace or provide a health brief for personnel before they deploy overseas. In all areas, you will provide specialist advice to minimise health risks.
On operations and exercises, it is the Environmental Health Technicians responsibility to reduce or prevent non-battle related risks to our personnel. Your tasks could include advising on basic sanitation, pest control or ensuring that supplies of clean drinking water are available. You will also be responsible for monitoring the climatic conditions and other environmental and industrial hazards and help to reduce their impact on health.
- Manage environmental health factors like food hygiene, water, buildings and pest control
- Measure, assess and control toxic substances
- Identify and assess hazards to the environment, like oil spillages
- Recognise, assess and evaluate environmental risks
- Control physical health hazards
Similar civilian roles include Environmental Health Officer, Health and Safety Officer, Port Health Officer, or Hazardous Materials Technician.
RAF Regulars and Reserves work side by side.
Scroll down to explore the opportunities as an Environmental Health Technician in the RAF.
In the RAF
‘Environmental health is about keeping people safe where they live and work. We check kitchens are hygienic, that people have clean water supplies or that where they work doesn’t present any dangers.
It’s an important role in the UK, but it’s critical for the RAF when we’re deployed when everyone needs to be kept fit and well.’
‘If I do a workplace assessment on a base, I might visit an aircraft hangar to check everything there meets our safety standards.
I’ll have a checklist and I’ll make sure anything from lighting levels to the way people use any hazardous substances is right. If there are problems, it’s my job to offer advice to help solve them.’
Dan, Environmental Health Technician
Full Time Regular
Your career will start with a 10 week Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you will also learn about the RAF lifestyle.
The next step is 4 years of specialist training leading to a BSc Honours Degree in Environmental Health Studies delivered in partnership with Leeds Beckett University. Training commences with a 10 month classroom-based foundation course at the Defence College of Healthcare Education and Training (DCHET) in Lichfield, Staffordshire. You will then spend 9 months based at RAF Henlow conducting practical training so that you can experience many elements of the job, before returning to DCHET for a further six months of classroom-based learning and confirmatory exercises. Once this initial part of training is complete, you will be assigned to your first unit and continue the remainder of your training from there. The final 2 years of academic study will fulfil the final modules of the degree which is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH).
Additional Qualifications/Ongoing Development
As an EH Tech, you will have extensive opportunities for further professional development throughout your career. During your training you will obtain the NEBOSH General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety and the BPCA Certificate in Pest Control. You will also receive driver training if you require it. Once you have completed your degree you will be able to gain Chartered Status with The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health . This is awarded in recognition of professional competence. You will also be encouraged to gain a qualification in Occupational Hygiene. In order to keep your skills up to date, you will be required to undertake at least 20 hours of Continual Professional Development (CPD) every year. As your career progresses, we will continue to train you in new skills. You will benefit from opportunities in management and leadership training and have many opportunities to undertake adventurous training.
Your First Tour
For your first tour, you will likely be assigned to work within a team of Environmental Health Technicians at RAF Henlow in Bedforshire. In this role, you could carry out food hygiene assessments or occupational health surveys at many locations throughout the RAF. You could also be required to respond to aircraft incidents and outbreaks of communicable disease. During this time you will also be completing the final modules of your BSc (Hons) degree.
Like most people in the RAF, you will probably move jobs every few years. For some of your tours, you may be based in a medical centre on an RAF base, with responsibility for all environmental and occupational health matters on that base. During other tours you may work at RAF Henlow in Bedfordshire, or as an instructor at the Defence Medical Services Training Group. Within your first few years, you may be detached overseas for anything from a few days to a few months
Your Future Prospects
Environmental Health Technicians are highly employable within a variety of roles, both in the UK and abroad. You may be based in a medical centre on an RAF base, with responsibility for all environmental and occupational health matters on that base. During other tours you may work as an instructor at the Defence College of Healthcare Education and Training (DCHET) or be based at RAF Henlow working in food safety or occupational hygiene. There will also be opportunities for deployment overseas.
The qualifications you will earn are as valuable in the civilian world as they are in the RAF – which means that whenever you decide to leave the RAF, you will be highly employable and able to benefit from a successful career in Environmental Health.
Full Time Regular
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