Reviews, evaluates, and analyzes work environments and designs programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Support Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Orders suspension of activities that pose threats to workers' health or safety.
- Investigates accidents to identify causes or to determine how such accidents might be prevented in the future.
- Recommends measures to help protect workers from potentially hazardous work methods, processes, or materials.
- Inspects or evaluates workplace environments, equipment, or practices to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations.
- Develops or maintains hygiene programs, such as noise surveys, continuous atmosphere monitoring, ventilation surveys, or asbestos management plans.
- Collects samples of dust, gases, vapors, or other potentially toxic materials for analysis.
- Investigates the adequacy of ventilation, exhaust equipment, lighting, or other conditions that could affect employee health, comfort, or performance.
- Conducts safety training or education programs and demonstrates the use of safety equipment.
- Investigates health-related complaints and inspects facilities to ensure that they comply with public health legislation and regulations.
- Collaborates with engineers or physicians to institute control or remedial measures for hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.