An occupational health or safety specialist technician is responsible for gathering and analyzing data regarding safety and health conditions in the workplace. They work with health and safety specialists in conducting tests and evaluating hazards to help workers avoid injury in the workplace and also to avoid damage to property, the environment, and the public at large. The occupational health or safety specialist technician spends their time looking for a variety of biological, radiological, chemical, or physical hazards. They can expect to work in a variety of environments, ranging from offices to factories to outside work locations such as lumberyards and logging operations. Ability to travel is essential, as they may be assigned to inspect locations located over a wide geographical area.
The occupational health or safety specialist technician must pay strong attention to detail and be able to multitask effectively. They must be able to quickly and efficiently discover and document potential hazards, as well as recommend a plan of action that effectively mitigates these hazards. They also develop ways to predict and prevent hazards using a wide range of historical data and other sources. This requires the ability to work independently and also to think creatively.
The occupational health or safety specialist technician must be thorough and meticulous in the performance of their duties. They must be able to work in environments where hazards are present and be able to differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable hazards, depending on the location being inspected. Preparation for a career in this field is possible through either a bachelor's degree program or through on-the-job training.
Occupational Health or Safety Specialist Technician Tasks
Maintain medical surveillance programs.
Manage paperwork including workman's compensation, disability and return to work programs.