The state of the environment can affect human health. EPA works to protect the environment and human health from the impacts of pollution and waste.

To protect human health, EPA:

  • uses public reporting and environmental monitoring to assess the state of the environment
  • uses environmental standards in policies, regulation and guidelines
  • assesses and approves activities and premises to make sure they meet environmental standards
  • makes sure businesses and community comply with the law.

EPA aims to ensure clean air, healthy water, safe land and minimal disturbance from noise and odour.

EPA also responds to public health concerns about environmental issues. These can include concerns about noise, pollution, odour and air quality.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and local councils have roles in protecting human health. EPA’s role, however, focuses on past and present pollution and waste events.

Read more about environmental public health

Reviewed 7 August 2020