Occupational Health and Safety Technician  What They Do

Just the Facts


Collects data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implements and conducts evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.

This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Regulation pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Tests workplaces for environmental hazards, such as exposure to radiation, chemical or biological hazards, or excessive noise.
  • Verifies availability or monitors use of safety equipment, such as hearing protection or respirators.
  • Supplies, operates, or maintains personal protective equipment.
  • Evaluates situations or makes determinations when a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists.
  • Maintains all required environmental records and documentation.
  • Prepares or calibrates equipment used to collect or analyze samples.
  • Plans emergency response drills.
  • Recommends corrective measures to be applied based on results of environmental contaminant analyses.
  • Prepares or reviews specifications or orders for the purchase of safety equipment, ensuring that proper features are present and that items conform to health and safety standards.
  • Conducts worker studies to determine whether specific instances of disease or illness are job-related.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

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