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Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
SOC Code: 29-9012.00

Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.

Sample of reported job titles: Construction Safety Consultant; Consultant; Director of Safety; Environmental, Health, and Safety EHS Leader; Health and Safety Tech; Plant Safety Leader; Project Manager, Senior; Safety Professional, Industrial Hygiene Consultant; Safety Specialist; Senior Environmental, Health and Safety Professional

Tasks

  • Test workplaces for environmental hazards, such as exposure to radiation, chemical or biological hazards, or excessive noise.
  • Verify availability or monitor use of safety equipment, such as hearing protection or respirators.
  • Supply, operate, or maintain personal protective equipment.
  • Evaluate situations or make determinations when a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists.
  • Maintain all required environmental records and documentation.
  • Prepare or calibrate equipment used to collect or analyze samples.
  • Plan emergency response drills.
  • Recommend corrective measures to be applied based on results of environmental contaminant analyses.
  • Prepare or review specifications or orders for the purchase of safety equipment, ensuring that proper features are present and that items conform to health and safety standards.
  • Conduct worker studies to determine whether specific instances of disease or illness are job-related.
  • Inspect fire suppression systems or portable fire systems to ensure proper working order.
  • Maintain logbooks of daily activities, including areas visited or activities performed.
  • Provide consultation to organizations or agencies on the workplace application of safety principles, practices, or techniques.
  • Prepare documents to be used in legal proceedings, testifying in such proceedings when necessary.
  • Help direct rescue or firefighting operations in the event of a fire or an explosion.
  • Train workers in safety procedures related to green jobs, such as the use of fall protection devices or maintenance of proper ventilation during wind turbine construction.
  • Review records or reports concerning laboratory results, staffing, floor plans, fire inspections, or sanitation to gather information for the development or enforcement of safety activities.
  • Conduct interviews to obtain information or evidence regarding communicable diseases or violations of health or sanitation regulations.
  • Collect data related to ecological or human health risks at brownfield sites.
  • Test or balance newly installed HVAC systems to determine whether indoor air quality standards are met.

Technology Skills

  • Analytical or scientific software - Statistical analysis software; TapRooT
  • Data base user interface and query software - Brady Lockout Pro; Database software; Microsoft Access ; Remedy Interactive iMitigate
  • Electronic mail software - Email software; Microsoft Outlook
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - SAP
  • Graphics or photo imaging software - Graphics software
  • Industrial control software - Industrial Scientific iNET; QuestSuite Professional
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Presentation software - Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Project management software - Microsoft SharePoint
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Video conferencing software - Teleconferencing software
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Air compressors
  • Air pollutant samplers - Particle sensors; Particulate monitors
  • Air samplers or collectors - Aerosol meters; Air quality dataloggers; Microbial samplers; Thermal desorption tubes (see all 9 examples)
  • Air sampling pumps - Gilibrators; Personal sampling pumps
  • Air velocity and temperature monitors - Air flow calibrators
  • Anemometers - Thermoanemometers
  • Chemical absorption gas analyzers - Passive samplers
  • Chromatographic detectors - Photodetectors
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras - Digital video cameras
  • Digital cameras
  • Dosimeters - Passive dosimeters
  • Dust collectors
  • Electronic counters - Particle counters
  • Flame ionization analyzers - Flame ionization detectors FID
  • Flow sensors - Airflow indicators
  • Flowmeters - Electronic bubble meters; Electronic pump calibrators; Mass flow meters
  • Fume hoods or cupboards - Flow hoods
  • Gas chromatographs - Gas chromatographs GC
  • Gas detector tubes - Sorbent tubes
  • Gas detectors - Combustible gas detectors
  • Goggles - Safety goggles
  • Heat stress monitors
  • Heat tracing equipment - Infrared thermometers
  • Inductively coupled plasma ICP spectrometers - Portable infrared spectrophotometers
  • Infrared imagers - Infrared analyzers
  • Ion analyzers - Photoionization detectors PID
  • Laboratory balances - Electrobalances
  • Laboratory separators - Electrostatic precipitators
  • Lightmeters - Light meters
  • Manometers
  • Medical tape measures - Medical measuring tapes
  • Moisture meters
  • Multi gas monitors - Electrochemical gas monitors
  • Multimeters
  • Oxygen monitors or supplies - Oxygen monitors
  • Personal computers
  • Photometers - Aerosol photometers
  • Pocket calculator - Handheld calculators
  • Portable data input terminals - Data acquisition equipment; Data loggers
  • Power blowers
  • Protective gloves
  • Radiation detectors
  • Radon detectors - Radon monitors
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories - Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Respirators - Half-face respirators; Respirator hose masks
  • Rotameters
  • Single gas monitors - Carbon monoxide sensors; Mercury vapor analyzers
  • Soil core sampling apparatus - Grab samplers
  • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter - Octave band analyzers; Sound level meters
  • Spectrofluorimeters or fluorimeters - X ray fluorescence XRF analyzers
  • Spectrometers - Spectroscopes
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies - Spirometers
  • Two way radios
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps - Inspection lamps
  • Vibration testers - Vibration monitors
  • Wet scrubbers

Knowledge

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.

Skills

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Interests

  • Interest code: CR
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Work Context

  • Electronic Mail - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Telephone - 92% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 50% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Contact With Others - 54% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 58% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 50% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 62% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 63% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 42% responded “Very important results.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 46% responded “Very important.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 38% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Letters and Memos - 58% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 42% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Time Pressure - 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 46% responded “Very important.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 36% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 31% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 54% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 36% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 38% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 42% responded “Very important.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection - 38% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”
  • Consequence of Error - 31% responded “Serious.”
  • Level of Competition - 58% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 38% responded “Important.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 58% responded “About half the time.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 31% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 38% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Outdoors, Under Cover - 35% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
42%Bachelor's degree
23%Associate's degree
12%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Achievement - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $24.02 hourly, $49,960 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 18,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,100

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