Planning and checklisting are important jobs, but it is even more important that the EHP gets the work done. That is, that the EHP fixes the environmental health problems. This is the only way to make sure that the problems that cause disease or poor health are removed or fixed.

How much work should an EHP do?

The EHP must work the required hours for which he/she is paid. The amount of work which needs to be done may, unfortunately, need more time to finish than the hours for which the EHP is paid. When this happens, the EHP must do the priority (most important) work first and advise the EHP supervisor of the need for extra help.

If the workload remains high, the community may need to consider paying the EHP to work more hours or increase the number of EHPs.

The community may also need to assist by providing workers to help:
  • with emergency work
  • when the EHPs are busy or
  • when the work calls for a team of people, for example, a dog treatment program
Remember, there are some tasks where the EHP organises or provides advice about the work, but is not responsible for actually doing all of it him/ herself. Such work includes community clean-ups and routine domestic cleaning.