Occupational Safety and Health Technician

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OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH TECHNICIANS COLLECT samples, perform inspections, and perform tests on workplace environments, equipment and practices to ensure that safety standards and government regulations are followed. They work with occupational health and safety specialists to identify and correct situations involving potentially hazardous materials like dust, mold, gases and vapors. Other duties may include educating employers and workers about safety and health issues, and helping in investigations of accidents.

The Workplace

Occupational safety and health technicians may work in offices, factories, mines, hospitals, research labs, insurance companies, hazardous waste companies, colleges. and universities, and with scientific and technical consultants. Some may find work in the private sector with federal, state and local governments.

Educational Requirements

Occupational safety and health technicians who have earned an associate degree or certificate from a community college or two-year career and technical school, and have some on the-job training, will have better opportunities for employment in the field. …


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