Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
On the Job
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians collect data on work environments. They evaluate programs that are designed to limit chemical, physical, or biological risks to workers. They may also work to improve the use of equipment to avoid stress or injury (ergonomics).
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment.
- Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
- Maintain medical facility records.
- Prepare official health documents or records.
- Conduct health or safety training programs.
- Monitor medical facility activities to ensure adherence to standards or regulations.
- Verify that medical activities or operations meet standards.
- Inspect work environments to ensure safety.
- Test facilities for environmental hazards.
- Advise communities or institutions regarding health or safety issues.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Working with a group or team.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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