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Occupational or industrial hygienists

OaSIS code 41400.02

Occupational and industrial hygienists conduct research, prepare reports, provide consultation and advice, and administer programs related to physical and chemical hazards and stresses in the workplace.

Overview

Also known as

  • Industrial hygienist
  • Occupational hygienist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Study, evaluate and control physical, chemical and biological hazards and stresses in the workplace
  • Report and document investigations and conclusions
  • Suggest changes to work environments and processes
  • Provide information to workers and managers or employers on methods to reduce the risk of injury or illness from specific occupational hazards
  • May teach safe work procedures, participate in emergency response planning, testify at hearings and report findings at scientific conferences or in scientific journals.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory or managerial positions in these fields is possible with experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Physicists and astronomers (21100)
  • Chemists (21101)
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers (21102)
  • Meteorologists and climatologists (21103)
  • Other professional occupations in physical sciences (21109)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

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
Communicating with Coworkers
5 - Highest Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
5 - Highest Level
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
5 - Highest Level
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
5 - Highest Level
Providing Consultation and Advice
5 - Highest 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
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

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

Workplaces/employers

  • Computer manufacturers
  • Consulting firms
  • Education institutions
  • Environmental and conservation organizations
  • Federal government
  • Municipal governments
  • Office furniture manufacturers
  • Provincial governments
  • Research organizations
  • Self-employment

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
Pattern Identification
5 - Highest Level
Problem Identification
5 - Highest Level
Deductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Inductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Information Ordering
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level
Decision Making
4 - High Level
Evaluation
4 - High Level
Instructing
4 - High Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Collaboration
5 - Extremely important
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important