What does an Occupational Health and Safety Technician do?

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

Jobs Roles

  • Maintain all required environmental records and documentation.
  • Supply, operate, or maintain personal protective equipment.
  • Prepare or calibrate equipment used to collect or analyze samples.
  • Test workplaces for environmental hazards, such as exposure to radiation, chemical or biological hazards, or excessive noise.
  • Prepare or review specifications or orders for the purchase of safety equipment, ensuring that proper features are present and that items conform to health and safety standards.
  • Examine credentials, licenses, or permits to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Educate the public about health issues or enforce health legislation to prevent disease, to promote health, or to help people understand health protection procedures and regulations.
  • Conduct interviews to obtain information or evidence regarding communicable diseases or violations of health or sanitation regulations.
  • Review records or reports concerning laboratory results, staffing, floor plans, fire inspections, or sanitation to gather information for the development or enforcement of safety activities.
  • Prepare documents to be used in legal proceedings, testifying in such proceedings when necessary.
  • Plan emergency response drills.
  • Maintain logbooks of daily activities, including areas visited or activities performed.
  • Help direct rescue or firefighting operations in the event of a fire or an explosion.
  • Confer with schools, state authorities, or community groups to develop health standards or programs.
  • Collect data regarding potential hazards from new equipment or products linked to green practices.
  • Collect data related to ecological or human health risks at brownfield sites.
  • Examine practices at green building sites to determine whether adherence to green building standards alters risks to workers.
  • Perform tests to identify any potential hazards related to recycled products used at green building sites.
  • Test or balance newly installed HVAC systems to determine whether indoor air quality standards are met.
  • Train workers in safety procedures related to green jobs, such as the use of fall protection devices or maintenance of proper ventilation during wind turbine construction.
  • Verify availability or monitor use of safety equipment, such as hearing protection or respirators.
  • Evaluate situations or make determinations when a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists.
  • Recommend corrective measures to be applied based on results of environmental contaminant analyses.
  • Conduct worker studies to determine whether specific instances of disease or illness are job-related.
  • Inspect fire suppression systems or portable fire systems to ensure proper working order.
  • Provide consultation to organizations or agencies on the workplace application of safety principles, practices, or techniques.
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