Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (NOC 2263)

About this job

Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety:

  • evaluate and monitor health and safety hazards and develop strategies to control risks in the workplace
  • inspect restaurants, public facilities, industrial establishments, municipal water systems and other workplaces to ensure compliance with government regulations regarding sanitation, pollution control, the handling and storage of hazardous substances and workplace safety
  • work throughout the private and public sectors
Common job titles
  • examiner, mine
  • health and safety advisor
  • inspector, beauty salon
  • occupational health and safety consultant (OHS)
  • officer, quarantine - public health
  • officer, rodent control
  • examiner, mine
  • health and safety advisor
  • inspector, beauty salon
  • inspector, cross connection control
  • inspector, dangerous goods - railway
  • inspector, flood damage

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$68,095

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year)). Data for this group is based on the National Occupational Classification 2011.

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Note:Data for this group is based on the National Occupational Classification 2011.

Duties

Inspectors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • inspect the sanitary conditions of restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals and other public facilities or institutions
  • carry out surveys and monitoring programs of the natural environment to identify sources of pollution
  • collect samples of water for analysis, measure physical, biological and chemical workplace hazards and carry out safety and environmental inspections
  • investigate health and safety related complaints, spills of hazardous chemicals, outbreaks of diseases or poisonings and workplace accidents
  • inspect workplaces to ensure that equipment, materials and production processes do not present a safety or health hazard to employees or to the general public
  • develop, put into use and evaluate health and safety programs and strategies
  • initiate enforcement procedures to fine or to close an establishment breaking municipal, provincial or federal regulations
  • provide consultation and deliver training programs to employers, employees and the general public on issues of public health, environmental protection or workplace safety

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office, hospital or school, or an outdoor work environment where the worker is exposed to various weather conditions.

Also, workers may be exposed to chemicals that may endanger health through inhalation, absorption, ingestion, contact with skin or eyes, or potential for fire or explosion; infectious bacteria and viruses as a result of indirect contact with, or direct handling of, infectious materials or micro-organisms that may cause illness; or ionizing radiation such as X-rays and radioactive substances or non-ionizing radiation such as radio frequencies and infrared, ultraviolet or visible light that may affect health adversely.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in a discipline such as food science, environmental studies, chemistry or health and safety is usually required.
  • In some establishments, several years of related work experience and the completion of in-house training courses may substitute for formal education.
  • Public health inspectors employed outside Quebec require certification with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. • Occupational health and safety officers may require certification with the Association for Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.

Skills

  • Spatial Perception
  • Innovative
  • Numerical Ability
  • Detail-Oriented
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Environmental Studies Related (Arts)
  • Environmental Studies Related (Science)
  • Environmental Studies/Science
  • Environmental/Occupational Health

For more information about programs offered specifically for this career, visit EducationPlannerBC.

Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
80
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
80
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
2,250
Average annual employment growth:
1.2%
Expected number of job openings:
910
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
140
Average annual employment growth:
1.7%
Expected number of job openings:
70
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
400
Average annual employment growth:
0.9%
Expected number of job openings:
160
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
420
Average annual employment growth:
1.1%
Expected number of job openings:
160

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Note:Data for this group is based on the National Occupational Classification 2011.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

At this time, career path information is not available for this occupation.

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