Profession occupational health and safety inspector

Occupational health and safety inspectors perform workplace audits to ensure compliance with government and environment legislation. They also investigate work accidents. Occupational health and safety inspectors interview employees to ensure the work environment is compliant with health and safety rules, inspect the physical work site and analyse legal paperwork.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Health, safety and hygiene legislation

    The set of health, safety and hygiene standards and items of legislation applicable in a specific sector.

  • Health and safety regulations

    Necessary health, safety, hygiene and environmental standards and legislation rules in the sector of particular activity.

  • Risk management

    The process of identifying, assessing, and prioritising of all types of risks and where they could come from, such as natural causes, legal changes, or uncertainty in any given context, and the methods on dealing with risks effectively.

  • Interview techniques

    The techniques for getting information out of people by asking the right questions in the right way and to make them feel comfortable.

  • Audit techniques

    The techniques and methods that support a systematic and independent examination of data, policies, operations and performances using computer-assisted audit tools and techniques (CAATs) such as spreadsheets, databases, statistical analysis and business intelligence software.

Skills

  • Conduct workplace audits

    Conduct work site audits and inspections in order to ensure compliance with rules and regulations.

  • Communicate health and safety measures

    Ensure that current standards are understood and applied. Keep a record of injuries. Provide advice, instructions, etc.

  • Identify policy breach

    Identify instances of non-compliance to set plans and policies in an organisation, and take the appropriate course of action by issuing penalties and outlining the changes which need to be made.

  • Advise on risk management

    Provide advice on risk management policies and prevention strategies and their implementation, being aware of different kinds of risks to a specific organisation.

  • Monitor legislation developments

    Monitor changes in rules, policies and legislation, and identify how they may influence the organisation, existing operations, or a specific case or situation.

  • Identify hazards in the workplace

    Perform safety audits and inspections on workplaces and workplace equipment. Ensure that they meet safety regulations and identify hazards and risks.

  • Conduct research interview

    Use professional researching and interviewing methods and techniques to gather relevant data, facts or information, to gain new insights and to fully comprehend the message of the interviewee.

Optional knowledge and skills

draw up risk assessment environmental policy environmental legislation issue licences analyse ergonomics in different workplaces advise on conflict management hazardous waste storage advise on environmental risk management systems monitor environmental parameters employment law pollution legislation educate employees on occupational hazards ensure compliance with environmental legislation hazardous waste treatment realise health and safety policies provide improvement strategies analyse environmental data hazardous waste types

Common job titles

  • Health and safety specialist
  • Safety supervisor
  • Ehs coordinator
  • Asbestos enforcement inspector
  • Fire safety specialist - environmental health and safety
  • Combination inspector i
  • Occupational safety & health inspector i
  • Facilities and safety technician ii
  • Part time building inspector ii
  • Health & safety coordinator