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

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Nature of work

Inspectors in this unit group evaluate and monitor health and safety hazards and develop strategies to control risks in the workplace. They 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. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

Fields of interest

  • Keeping watch, protecting, and being in charge of security
  • Working outdoors or with the environment
  • Writing, working in communications and information

Main duties

  • Inspectors in this unit group 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.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Employment 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.
  • * 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.

Skill type

  • Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

Skill level

  • Technical

Professional associations

  • Ordre des technologues professionnels du Québec (OTPQ)
  • 606, rue Cathcart, suite 505
  • Montréal, QC
  • H3B1K9
  • Toll free: 1-800-561-3459
  • Phone: 514-845-3247
  • Fax: 514-845-3643
  • Email: info@otpq.qc.ca