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Environmental Protection Inspectors

Descriptions & Duties

  • Environmental Protection Inspectors monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination (excluding laboratory tests) , including those affecting public health. In addition, they work to ensure that environmental violations are prevented. They are responsible for investigating pollution complaints and taking follow-up actions such as issuing warnings to polluters and replies to complainants; collecting evidence and making technical sampling decision on-site; conducting compliance inspections under various legislative requirements; processing applications for environmental permits and licences, in particular, carrying out technical assessment; assisting professional staff in conducting screening and scoping for various designated projects; undertaking pollution surveys and investigations/ inspections and interpreting and presenting results for professional staff; undertaking environmental sampling and analysis; procuring, installing, calibrating, maintaining, operating scientific/ technical/ environmental monitoring equipment; liaising with contractors/ government departments for providing technical goods and services.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Knowledge in environmental legislation

Environmental protection inspectors must be familiar with environmental legislation and other relative laws in order to enforce pollution control and prosecute offenders.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • A Diploma or Higher Certificate in Biology, Medical Laboratory Science, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic or Civil Engineering, Chemical Technology, Computer Science, Water Pollution Control, Waste Management, Environmental Studies or a relevant science or engineering subject from a Hong Kong university/Hong Kong polytechnic, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education or a Hong Kong technical college/Hong Kong technical institute, or equivalent.

Professional qualification

  • Associate Membership of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers in a relevant discipline admitted on or after 5 December 1975

Other specific requirements

  • Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language (Syllabus B) in Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination, or equivalent

Career Path & Salary

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 8-21

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 22-28

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 29-33

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Environmental Protection Inspectors work in laboratories, offices, and the field. They may work irregular hours for sampling.


  • Laboratory blenders or emulsifiers - Laboratory blenders
  • Laboratory box furnaces
  • Laboratory burets - Glass burets
  • Laboratory crushers or pulverisers - Sample crushers
  • Laboratory heat exchange condensers - Distilling condensers; Reflux condensers
  • Laboratory hotplates - Laboratory heating plates
  • Laboratory mechanical convection ovens - Gravity convection ovens
  • Laboratory mills - Ball mills
  • Laboratory mixers - Agitation tanks; Magnetic agitators
  • Laboratory presses - Laboratory pressing equipment
  • Laboratory sprayers - Nebulizers
  • Laboratory staining dishes or jars - Bell jars
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps - Computer-controlled pumps; Diffusion pumps; Volume displacement pumps; Water aspirators

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