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Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety

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NOC:2263
Occupation:Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety
Category:Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology

About the job

Nature of work:

Inspectors in this group evaluate and monitor health and safety hazards and develop strategies to control risks in the workplace. They inspect restaurants, industrial establishments, municipal water systems, public facilities, institutions and other workplaces to ensure compliance with government regulations regarding sanitation, pollution control, the handling and storage of hazardous substances and workplace safety. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

Job 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.
  • Conduct 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 conduct safety and environmental audits.
  • 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, implement and evaluate health and safety programs and strategies.
  • Initiate enforcement procedures to fine or to close an establishment contravening 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.
Sample job titles:
  • environmental health officer
  • hazardous waste inspector - environmental health
  • hotel and restaurant inspector - public health
  • industrial safety officer - occupational health and safety
  • labour standards officer - occupational health and safety
  • occupational health and safety advisor
  • occupational health inspector
  • public health inspector
  • safety and sanitary inspector - public and environmental health
  • waste water treatment plant inspector
  • prevention officer - occupational health and safety
Skills:

For these jobs, the ability to work effectively with the public under various circumstances is crucial. Good observational and analytical skills are necessary. You must be accurate and able to pay close attention to detail. Honesty and integrity are important. Excellent communication skills are also important.

Job requirements:
  • 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.
  • Occupational health and safety officers may require certification with the Association for Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.
Other considerations:

None

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 57% of Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $69,776. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety750Strong growth150Moderate
Minimum: $18.50
Median: $33.00
Maximum: $53.50
Minimum: $19,337
Median: $62,585
Maximum: $113,122
Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology25,875Strong growth3,095Low
Minimum: $17.69
Median: $31.35
Maximum: $47.18
Minimum: $13,568
Median: $60,422
Maximum: $107,009
Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and SafetyCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
Percent employed full-time92%94%
Percent self-employed0%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentInspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and SafetyCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern7%x12%$30,581
Northern13%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton19%$47,08013%$32,974
Halifax49%$58,68047%$41,209
Annapolis Valley12%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeInspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and SafetyCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
15-244%x
25-3427%14%
35-4422%33%
45-5427%32%
55-6417%18%
65+3%4%
Median Age4743
GenderInspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and SafetyCompared to: Occupations in Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% Employed% Employed
Female32%20%
Male68%80%
EducationInspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and SafetyCompared to: All Engineering, Math, Science, and Information Technology
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school2.9%x0.7%$28,107
High school19.4%x12.1%$35,125
Trades certificate7.4%$46,9016.8%$54,923
College certificate or diploma29.1%$105,67133.7%$52,476
University certificate or diploma8.0%x3.7%$52,446
Bachelor's degree25.7%x29.7%$58,011
University advanced certificate or diploma1.7%x2.0%$54,917
Master's degreeN/Ax9.7%$37,706
Doctorate6.3%x1.7%$65,565
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$57,566
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors
PO Box 720-999 West Broadway Ave
Vancouver, BC, BC V5Z 1K5
Tel: (888) 245-8180
Fax: (604) 738-4080
questions@ciphi.ca
Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
6700 Century Avenue, Suite 100
Mississauga, ON L5N 6A4
Tel: (905) 567-7198
Fax: (905) 567-7191
info@bcrsp.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Biochemistry
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the scientific study of the chemistry of living systems, their fundamental chemical substances and reactions, and their chemical pathways and information transfer systems, with particular reference to carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. These programs include courses in bio-organic chemistry, protein chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, bioseparations, regulatory biochemistry, enzymology, hormonal chemistry, calorimetry, and research methods and equipment operation.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Program Name:Chemistry - General
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behaviour of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2J6
(902) 457-6117
admissions@msvu.ca
St. Francis Xavier University
PO Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
(902) 867-2219
admit@stfx.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Environmental studies
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, and/or humanistic approaches. These programs include courses in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.
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Acadia University
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6
(902) 542-2201
agi@acadiau.ca
Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3C3
(902) 420-5400
admission.status@smu.ca
Cape Breton University
PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6L2
(888) 959-9995
registrar@cbu.ca
Program Name:Food science
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the college or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that focuses on the application of biological, chemical, and physical principles to the study of converting raw agricultural products into processed forms suitable for direct human consumption, and the storage of such products. These programs include courses in applicable aspects of the agricultural sciences, human physiology and nutrition, food chemistry, agricultural products processing, food additives, food preparation and packaging, food storage and shipment, and related aspects of human health and safety including toxicology and pathology.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS B3H 2A1
(902) 422-1271
admissions@ukings.ca
Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
PO Box 550
Truro, NS B2N 5E3
(902) 893-6600
enrolment.services@dal.ca
Program Name:Occupational safety and health technology/technician
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in maintaining job-related health and safety standards. These programs include courses in safety engineering principles, inspection and monitoring procedures, testing and sampling procedures, laboratory techniques, applications to specific work environments, and report preparation.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Quality control and safety technologies/technicians - Other
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program not listed above that relates to Quality Control and Safety Technologies/Technicians.
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Dalhousie University
Office of the Registrar
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
(902) 494-2450
admissions@dal.ca
Program Name:Security and loss prevention services
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to perform routine inspection, patrol and crime prevention services for security companies. These programs include courses in the provision of personal protection as well as property security.
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Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Additional resources:

There are no additional resources for this occupation.