CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Occupational Health and Safety Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Human Resources
Job Family: Human Resources Specialist
Benchmark Title: Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Maintain all required records and documentation.
 
Supply, operate, and maintain personal protective equipment.
 
Verify that safety equipment such as hearing protection and respirators is available to employees, and monitor their use of such equipment to ensure proper fit and use.
 
Prepare and calibrate equipment used to collect and analyze samples.
 
Evaluate situations where a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists, and determine how such situations should be handled.
 
Test workplaces for environmental hazards such as exposure to radiation, chemical and biological hazards, and excessive noise.
 
Prepare and review specifications and orders for the purchase of safety equipment, ensuring that proper features are present and that items conform to health and safety standards.
 
Report the results of environmental contaminant analyses, and recommend corrective measures to be applied.
 
Review physicians' reports, and conduct worker studies in order to determine whether specific instances of disease or illness are job-related.
 
Examine credentials, licenses, or permits to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
 
Conduct fire drills, and inspect fire suppression systems and portable fire systems to ensure that they are in working order.
 
Educate the public about health issues, and enforce health legislation in order to prevent disease, to promote health, and to help people understand health protection procedures and regulations.
 
Provide consultation to organizations or agencies on the application of safety principles, practices, and techniques in the workplace.
 
Conduct interviews to obtain information and evidence regarding communicable diseases or violations of health and sanitation regulations.
 
Review records and reports concerning laboratory results, staffing, floor plans, fire inspections, and sanitation in order to gather information for the development and 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 and activities performed.
 
Help direct rescue and firefighting operations in the event of a fire or an explosion.
 
Confer with school and state authorities and community groups to develop health standards and programs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Human Resources
Job Family: Human Resources Specialist
Benchmark Title: Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Human Resources
Job Family: Human Resources Specialist
Benchmark Title: Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Human Resources
Job Family: Human Resources Specialist
Benchmark Title: Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Human Resources
Job Family: Human Resources Specialist
Benchmark Title: Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Human Resources
Job Family: Human Resources Specialist
Benchmark Title: Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Construction Health and Safety Technician
Construction Safety Consultant
Environmental Health Technologist
Ergonomics Technician
Health and Safety Coordinator
Industrial Hygienist
Mine Patrol
Occupational Health and Safety Technologist
Plant Technical Specialist
Radiation Monitor
Safety Assistant
Safety Equipment Testing Specialist
Safety Instructor
Safety Manager
Safety Person
Safety Trainer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Human Resources
Job Family: Human Resources Specialist
Benchmark Title: Occupational Health and Safety Technicians
 
 
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