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Occupational Safety & Health Inspector

Overview: Occupational safety and health inspectors examine factories, offices, and other worksites to detect unsafe working conditions. They investigate accidents and hazard complaints to determine if government standards were violated. They issue warnings & fines to employers who violate standards.
Duties: They examine the work stations and facilities used by employers in factories, office buildings, laboratories and production sites to determine if government regulations for worker safety are met.

They make recommendations to the management of organizations about changes that must be made in order to prevent accidents or damage to the health of workers and nearby residents.

They statistically analyze worker health and accident data patterns to look for potential causes of accidents such as lack of training or the removal of safety equipment or machinery.

Investigate and diagnose the specific causes and reasons for unusual accidents or health hazards occurring in new high-tech jobs where workers become exposed to radiation, chemicals, etc.

Degree(s): A.S. Environmental Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of occupational health and safety inspectors is expected to grow faster than average throug h2018 reflecting a continuing public demand for a safe and healthy work environment and the desire for fewer government regulations. More occupational health and safety inspectors will be needed to cope with technological advances in safety equipment and threats, changing regulations, and increasing public expectations.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $36,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: An associate or bachelor's degree in either environmental health engineering or industrial engineering plus health sciences is the ideal educational background for this occupation. Courses in ergonomics or human factors engineering, industrial psychology and statistics are essential. Certification by written examination is required in many states.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.