Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Anonymous Environmental Health Inspector, Somewhere in the Middle of the Country

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Anonymous Environmental Health Inspector, Somewhere in the Middle of the Country

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Anon loves science. She sees it as a tool for making a material difference in people's lives. She also wants to stay in the region where grew up and went to school. So when a job in food safety opened up at a local environmental health department, she saw it as a way to get her foot in the door in a science profession. She knew little about public health in general or food safety science in particular. In school, she'd majored in environmental science, with a focus on ecology and geology.

Initially she thought she'd just be doing inspections. "But it's so much more than that," she said. "It's been so much fun." She has been pleased with the extent to which the work involves outreach and education. Recently, she and a few other inspectors began incorporating information on "going green" into their regular inspection visits. Operators have been extremely receptive to this new information.

"I think everybody is getting more interested in environmental issues. You know, I put signs on the storm drains, and people stop me on the street and want to know what I'm doing. And when I tell them, they're like, 'Ohh, that is so great!"

After a year on the job, she is looking forward to getting some training in epidemiology so that she will be qualified to do outbreak investigations. …

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