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Occupational health and safety specialists

OaSIS code 22232.00

Occupational health and safety specialists review, evaluate and monitor health and safety hazards and develop strategies to prevent, control and eliminate accidents and occupational injuries. They inspect the workplace environments, equipment and practices to ensure compliance with organization and government environment, health and safety standards and regulations.

Overview

Also known as

  • Health and safety officer
  • Occupational health and safety officer
  • Occupational safety consultant
  • Occupational safety coordinator
  • Occupational safety officer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Lead and participate in workplace audits and investigations of safety concerns, incidents and accidents
  • Lead and participate in workplace inspections to ensure that equipment, materials and production processes do not present a safety or health hazard to employees
  • Develop and implement health and safety programs, including standard operating procedures, policies and training to mitigate risk, optimize worker’s health and safety and foster a positive occupational health and safety culture
  • Initiate enforcement procedures on workplaces contravening organization and government health and safety standards and regulations
  • Provide training to employers, employees and the general public on issues of workplace safety
  • Communicate, engage and influence decision-makers and workers to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation and regulations.

Additional information

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Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Public and environmental health and safety professionals (21120)
  • Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers (22231)
  • Construction inspectors (22233)
  • Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers (41400)
  • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers (43202)
  • Occupational hygienist (in 41400.02 Occupational or industrial hygienists)
  • Ergonomists (41400.01)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

TEER

2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

222 – Technical occupations related to applied sciences (except engineering)

Minor group

2223 – Technical inspectors and regulatory officers

Unit group

22232 – Occupational health and safety specialists

Occupational profile

22232.00 – Occupational health and safety specialists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
5 - Highest Level
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
5 - Highest Level
Providing Consultation and Advice
5 - Highest Level
Training and Teaching
5 - Highest Level
Analyzing Data or Information
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
2 - Somewhat important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Establishements throughout the private and public sector

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Perceptual Speed
4 - High Level
Categorization Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level
Colour Perception
3 - Moderate Level
Deductive Reasoning
3 - Moderate Level
Depth Perception
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Instructing
4 - High Level
Monitoring
4 - High Level
Coordinating
3 - Moderate Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Decision Making
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important