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Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Includes environmental protection officers.   (O'Net 29-9011.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Analysis or Research Safety Inspector, Cause Analyst, Certified Indoor Environmentalist, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Professional Ergonomist, Chief of Safety and Protection, Chief Safety Officer, Corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety Director, Corporate Safety Director, Dining Service Inspector, Director Employee Safety and Health, Environmental Health and Safety Manager, Environmental Health Inspector, Environmental Health Safety Manager, Environmental Health Sanitarian, Environmental Health Technologist, Environmental Protection Inspector, Environmental Protection Officer, Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Program Manager, Environmental, Health, and Safety EHS Officer, Field Health Officer, Food and Drug Inspector, Food Inspector, Furniture and Bedding Inspector, Hazardous Waste Management Specialist, Health and Safety Inspector, Health and Safety Manager, Health and Safety Technician, Health Care Facilities Inspector, Health Inspector, Health Physics Technician, Health Safety Manager, Health Sanitarian, Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist, Senior, Industrial Hygiene Technician, Industrial Hygienist, Industrial Safety and Health Specialist, Industrial Safety and Health Technician, Industrial Waste Inspector, Loss Control Consultant, Loss Control Representative, Medical Safety Director, Mortician Investigator, Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, Occupational Safety and Health Inspector, OSHA Inspector (Occupational Safety and Health Administration Inspector), Principle Industrial Hygienist, Public Health Inspector, Public Health Service Officer, Quarantine Inspector, Rabies Inspector, Radiation Protection Specialist, Radiological Health Specialist, Restaurant Inspector, Risk Analyst, Risk Control Consultant, Risk Prevention Engineer, Safety Advisor, Safety and Health Manager, Safety and Skill Based Pay Manager, Safety Consultant, Safety Director, Safety Inspector, Safety Instructor, Safety Investigator, Safety Investigator/Cause Analyst, Safety Manager, Safety Officer, Safety Person, Safety Specialist, Safety Trainer, Sanitarian, Sanitarian Inspector, Sanitary Inspector, Sanitation Inspector, Sanitation Officer, Senior Safety Management Consultant, Senior Safety Support Manager, Tick Inspector, Venereal Disease Investigator, Water Inspector, Work Environment Safety Inspector
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 21.03   $ 24.49   $ 32.19   $ 37.97   $ 47.21   $ 32.62  
    Yearly $43,750   $50,940   $66,950   $78,980   $98,190   $67,850  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 21.09   $ 24.97   $ 33.85   $ 38.73   $ 50.13   $ 33.88  
    Yearly $43,880   $51,940   $70,410   $80,570   $104,270   $70,460  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 21.48   $ 25.91   $ 33.26   $ 37.56   $ 40.97   $ 32.68  
    Yearly $44,680   $53,900   $69,170   $78,120   $85,210   $67,970  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 20.81   $ 23.50   $ 28.63   $ 36.85   $ 45.20   $ 30.67  
    Yearly $43,290   $48,870   $59,560   $76,640   $94,010   $63,780  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 121 127 0.5% 3
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Federal government, all industries 11.0%
    State government, excluding education and hospitals 9.3%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 8.5%
    Management, scientific, and technical consulting services 6.9%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 5.1%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Order suspension of activities that pose threats to workers' health or safety.
     
  • Investigate accidents to identify causes or to determine how such accidents might be prevented in the future.
     
  • Recommend measures to help protect workers from potentially hazardous work methods, processes, or materials.
     
  • Inspect or evaluate workplace environments, equipment, or practices to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations.
     
  • Develop or maintain hygiene programs, such as noise surveys, continuous atmosphere monitoring, ventilation surveys, or asbestos management plans.
     
  • Collect samples of dust, gases, vapors, or other potentially toxic materials for analysis.
     
  • Investigate the adequacy of ventilation, exhaust equipment, lighting, or other conditions that could affect employee health, comfort, or performance.
     
  • Conduct safety training or education programs and demonstrate the use of safety equipment.
     
  • Investigate health-related complaints and inspect facilities to ensure that they comply with public health legislation and regulations.
     
  • Collaborate with engineers or physicians to institute control or remedial measures for hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists  updated July 2012
     


    Knowledge
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  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists  updated July 2012
     


    Skills
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
     
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists  updated July 2012
     


    Abilities
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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists  updated July 2012
     


    Work Activities
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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Training and Teaching Others - Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists  updated July 2012
     


    Interests
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists  updated July 2012
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Occupational Health and Safety Specialists  updated July 2012
     


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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Environmental Health.
     
    • Industrial Safety Technology/Technician.
     
    • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene.
     
    • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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