Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety evaluate and monitor health and safety hazards and develop strategies to control risks. 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 public and private sectors.

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Example titles

  • Environmental health officer
  • Hazardous waste inspector
  • Health and safety officer
  • Health standards inspector
  • Occupational health and safety officer
  • Pollution control inspector
  • Public health inspector
  • Public health inspectors supervisor
  • Restaurant inspector
  • Rodent control inspector
  • Water inspector
Inclusions
  • Safety supervisor – occupational health and safety

Main duties

This group performs 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 biological and chemical samples and specimens 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.

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 Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP).

Exclusions

  • By-law enforcement and other regulatory officers, n.e.c. (4423)
  • Construction inspectors (2264)
  • Engineering inspectors and regulatory officers (2262)
  • Occupational hygienists and ergonomists (in 4161 Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers)

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