Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
On the Job
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists review and evaluate work environments. They make sure that environments comply with health and safety laws. They also design programs to prevent disease and injury in the workplace.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Investigate safety of work environment.
- Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
- Consult with others regarding safe or healthy equipment or facilities.
- Prepare healthcare training materials.
- Analyze data to identify trends or relationships among variables.
- Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems.
- Analyze operational data to evaluate operations, processes or products.
- Monitor the handling of hazardous materials or medical wastes.
- Inspect work environments to ensure safety.
- Test facilities for environmental hazards.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Working with a group or team.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
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