Health and Safety Inspector

How to Become a Health and Safety Inspector
Job Duties of a Health and Safety Inspector
Skills and Qualities of a Health and Safety Inspector
Health and Safety Inspector Salaries
Influential Professional Health and Safety Inspectors
Leading Health and Safety Inspector Organizations
Top Cities for Health and Safety Inspector Jobs
Other Careers of Interest

How to become a Health and Safety Inspector

Depending on the industry for whom one is serving as a health and safety inspector, employers look for experience with the laws and regulations governing health safety practices. There are college degrees available in occupational health, occupational safety, etc. and some employers may require formal post-high school education in the field of that particular industry, like biology if one works in the pharmaceutical industry. To become an inspector vs. a health and safety technician, it is highly recommended and in many cases required that inspectors obtain one or several certifications. There are some 9 or so designations available, such as Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE) and Certified Health Physicist (CHP). All these certifications require ,b>passing an exam, and most if not all require continuing education to be maintained.

What does a Health and Safety Inspector do?

Health and safety inspectors perform a vital role in maintaining safe working environments for all types of employees in a wide array of industries. They are sometimes called occupational health specialists, and their duties vary depending on what type of environment they are overseeing. For example, an inspector observing a food production plant would work with considerably different principles than that of a microchip manufacturing facility. In general, however, ,b>health and safety workers measure how much in or out of ,b>compliance a workspace is
Health and safety inspectors are sometimes employed by companies internally to help them perform periodic ,b>inspections intended to reduce risk over all, maintain workplace quality and to avoid receiving citations from government inspectors. b>Health and safety inspectors are, of course, also employed by various government agencies (as much as 40% of the total number of inspectors), notably Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

What skills or qualities do I need to become a Health and Safety Inspector?

In addition to technical knowledge of the industry's particular laws and regulations, health and safety inspectors must have good people skills, as a part of their job is interacting with people on site during walk-throughs, educating on what changes need to be made to avoid or correct citations, and documenting and presenting findings. Needless to say, communication skills - written and oral - are also important.

How much do Health and Safety Inspectors make?

In May of 2006,,b> health and safety inspectors made a median annual salary of $54,920, with the middle fifty percent earning between $41,800 and $70,230. Those employed by the federal government made the most money, with inspectors employed by the state government earning the least.

Who are some influential professionals in this field?

Leaders in this field are generally recognized s the leaders of the key professional and government organizations in this area. For example, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr. is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA.

What are some leading organizations in this field?

There are many important organizations in the field of health and safety, including the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, the Council on Certification of Health, Environmental, and Safety Technologists, the ,b>Health Physics Society, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (US Department of Labor).

What are the top cities for Health and Safety Inspector jobs?

Because health and safety inspectors are in many manufacturing based and other industries, and because many inspectors are employed by local, state and federal government, job opportunities exist in almost any major city.

Houston, Texas is the top city for health and safety inspector jobs, with Chicago, Illinois being a distant second. Denver, Colorado comes in at third place in the list of health and safety inspector jobs in the United States. Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia come in at fourth and fifth place, respectively, for cities for health and safety inspector jobs.

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