Occupational Health and Safety Technician  What They Do

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Occupational Health and Safety Technicians Career Video



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

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Regulation pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Tests workplaces for environmental hazards, such as exposure to radiation, chemical or biological hazards, or excessive noise.
  • Prepares or calibrates equipment used to collect or analyze samples.
  • Maintains all required environmental records and documentation.
  • Supplies, operates, or maintains personal protective equipment.
  • Prepares or reviews specifications or orders for the purchase of safety equipment, ensuring that proper features are present and that items conform to health and safety standards.
  • Recommends corrective measures to be applied based on results of environmental contaminant analyses.
  • Conducts worker studies to determine whether specific instances of disease or illness are job-related.
  • Verifies availability or monitors use of safety equipment, such as hearing protection or respirators.
  • Reviews records or reports concerning laboratory results, staffing, floor plans, fire inspections, or sanitation to gather information for the development or enforcement of safety activities.
  • Evaluates situations or makes determinations when a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Construction Safety Consultant --
  • Safety Research Professional --
  • Safety, Health, and Environmental Engineer (SHE Engineer) --
  • Safety and Environmental Compliance Officer --
  • Industrial Hygienist --
  • Industrial Hygiene Consultant --
  • Health and Safety Technician --
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) --
  • Advisory Industrial Hygienist --
  • Industrial Hygiene Engineer --