What do Occupational Health and Safety Technicians do?

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.

  • 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.
  • Collect data regarding potential hazards from new equipment or products linked to green practices.
  • Perform tests to identify any potential hazards related to recycled products used at green building sites.
  • Educate the public about health issues or enforce health legislation to prevent disease, to promote health, or to help people understand health protection procedures and regulations.
  • Examine credentials, licenses, or permits to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Confer with schools, state authorities, or community groups to develop health standards or programs.
  • Examine practices at green building sites to determine whether adherence to green building standards alters risks to workers.

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Necessary Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Writing