The Tasks and Tools of Environmental Technicians (One of Environmental Health Technician Professionals) 

Professionals in this career pathway perform many tasks to help health sector live up to its expectations. They all have common tasks. 


Generally speaking, Environmental Technicians work under the direction of environmental scientists. Their task is to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution. To achieve this, they carry out laboratory and field tests. They may likely be found amongst categories of teams like scientists, engineers, and technicians from other disciplines, who work together solving complex environmental problems that affect the public health.


Their tasks include but not limited to the following: They 

  • Find out about harmful situations or spills or eruptions of disease, ailment or food poisoning, gathering samples for analysis.
  • Formulate procedures needed for testing.
  • Gather from different sources models of gases, water, soils, industrial wastewater, or asbestos products to be used for pollutant levels or identify sources
  • Standardize test apparatuses like microscopes, etc.
  • Make available to government representatives, employers, or the general public, all necessary information or technical or program assistance on the issues of public health, environmental protection, or workplace safety.


There are various tools that are available to Environmental Technicians in the performance of their tasks. These tools are designed to make their works easy and enhance their performance. Some of these tools include:

  • Air pollutant samplers – used for microbiological examination of the air during the inspection of the microbiological contamination. E.g.  Digital hand meters; Handheld laser particle counters; Particulate monitors
  • Colorimeters – Colorimetric field sampling devices 
  • Graphics tablets – Digitizing tablets 
  • Luxmeters 
  • Open stream water level recorders – Water level recorders 
  • Single gas monitors – Carbon monoxide monitors; CO2 monitors 
  • Water analyzers – Chloride test kits; Hach field kits; Water chemistry analysis equipment 
  • Water samplers – Lead water sampling kits; Water sample extraction tubes; Water sampling augers; Water sampling pumps