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Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 150

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: $17.73 - $28.38

Typical Annual Salary: $36,900 - $59,000

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Moderate-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Test workplaces for environmental hazards, such as exposure to radiation, chemical or biological hazards, or excessive noise.
  • Verify availability or monitor use of safety equipment, such as hearing protection or respirators.
  • Supply, operate, or maintain personal protective equipment.
  • Evaluate situations or make determinations when a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists.
  • Maintain all required environmental records and documentation.
  • Prepare or calibrate equipment used to collect or analyze samples.
  • Plan emergency response drills.
  • Recommend corrective measures to be applied based on results of environmental contaminant analyses.
  • 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.
  • Help direct rescue or firefighting operations in the event of a fire or an explosion.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Air pollutant samplers
  • Air samplers or collectors
  • Air sampling pumps
  • Flowmeters
  • Single gas monitors

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Industrial control software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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