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Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

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

    Work Activities
    • Test workplaces for environmental hazards, such as exposure to radiation, chemical or biological hazards, or excessive noise.
    • Prepare or calibrate equipment used to collect or analyze samples.
    • Maintain all required environmental records and documentation.
    • Supply, operate, or maintain personal protective equipment.
    • Prepare or review specifications or orders for the purchase of safety equipment, ensuring that proper features are present and that items conform to health and safety standards.
    • Recommend corrective measures to be applied based on results of environmental contaminant analyses.
    • Conduct worker studies to determine whether specific instances of disease or illness are job-related.
    • Verify availability or monitor use of safety equipment, such as hearing protection or respirators.
    • Review records or reports concerning laboratory results, staffing, floor plans, fire inspections, or sanitation to gather information for the development or enforcement of safety activities.
    • Help direct rescue or firefighting operations in the event of a fire or an explosion.
    • Evaluate situations or make determinations when a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists.
    • Inspect fire suppression systems or portable fire systems to ensure proper working order.
    • Train workers in safety procedures related to green jobs, such as the use of fall protection devices or maintenance of proper ventilation during wind turbine construction.
    • Plan emergency response drills.
    • Prepare documents to be used in legal proceedings, testifying in such proceedings when necessary.
    • Provide consultation to organizations or agencies on the workplace application of safety principles, practices, or techniques.
    • Test or balance newly installed HVAC systems to determine whether indoor air quality standards are met.
    • Educate the public about health issues or enforce health legislation to prevent disease, to promote health, or to help people understand health protection procedures and regulations.
    • Examine credentials, licenses, or permits to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
    • Conduct interviews to obtain information or evidence regarding communicable diseases or violations of health or sanitation regulations.
    • Collect data related to ecological or human health risks at brownfield sites.
    • Maintain logbooks of daily activities, including areas visited or activities performed.
    • Collect data regarding potential hazards from new equipment or products linked to green practices.
    • Confer with schools, state authorities, or community groups to develop health standards or programs.
    • Perform tests to identify any potential hazards related to recycled products used at green building sites.
    • Examine practices at green building sites to determine whether adherence to green building standards alters risks to workers.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • 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 Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $51,740/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $24.87/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 840
    • Yearly Projected Openings 50
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Concern for Others
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation
    Tools
    • Single gas monitors
    • Flowmeters
    • Air sampling pumps
    • Air samplers or collectors
    • Air pollutant samplers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Presentation software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.