Inspectors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Inspect the sanitary conditions of restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals and other public facilities or institutions
B. Conduct surveys and monitoring programs of the natural environment to identify sources of pollution
C. Collect samples of water for analysis; measure physical, biological and chemical workplace hazards; and conduct safety and environmental audits
D. Investigate health and safety related complaints, spills of hazardous chemicals, outbreaks of diseases or poisonings and workplace accidents
E. Inspect workplaces to ensure that equipment, materials and production processes do not present a safety or health hazard to employees or to the general public
F. Develop, implement and evaluate health and safety programs and strategies
G. Initiate enforcement procedures to fine or to close an establishment contravening municipal, provincial or federal regulations
1. Public administration - 40.0%
2. Health care and social assistance - 10.0%
3. Management scientific and technical consulting services - 4.0%
4. Architectural engineering and related services - 4.0%
5. Utilities - 4.0%
6. Other services (except public administration) - 3.0%
7. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 3.0%
1. A bachelor's degree or college diploma in a discipline such as food science, environmental studies, chemistry or health and safety is usually required.
2. In some establishments, several years of related work experience and the completion of in-house training courses may substitute for formal education.
3. Public health inspectors employed outside Quebec require certification with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.
4. Occupational health and safety officers may require certification with the Association for Canadian Registered Safety Professionals.
5. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.
The average hourly wages for Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety is $26.12/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.