Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

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About the Job

Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design 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. Includes environmental protection officers.

It is also Called

  • Work Environment Safety Inspector
  • Water Inspector
  • Venereal Disease Investigator
  • Tick Inspector
  • Senior Safety Support Manager
  • Senior Safety Management Consultant
  • Sanitation Officer
  • Sanitation Inspector
  • Sanitary Inspector
  • Sanitarian Inspector
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What They Do

  • Prepare hazardous, radioactive, or mixed waste samples for transportation or storage by treating, compacting, packaging, and labeling them.
  • Perform laboratory analyses or physical inspections of samples to detect disease or to assess purity or cleanliness.
  • Conduct audits at hazardous waste sites or industrial sites or participate in hazardous waste site investigations.
  • Maintain inventories of hazardous materials or hazardous wastes, using waste tracking systems to ensure that materials are handled properly.
  • Collect samples of hazardous materials or arrange for sample collection.
  • Inspect specified areas to ensure the presence of fire prevention equipment, safety equipment, or first-aid supplies.
  • Maintain or update emergency response plans or procedures.
  • Coordinate right-to-know programs regarding hazardous chemicals or other substances.
  • Develop or maintain medical monitoring programs for employees.
  • Provide new-employee health and safety orientations and develop materials for these presentations.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: A.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $69,970 with most people making between $43,920 and $99,800

Outlook

0.41%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,460 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,560 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 10 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 60 total annual openings.



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