21120 – Public and environmental health and safety professionals



21120 – Public and environmental health and safety professionals
Public and environmental health and safety professionals review, evaluate and monitor public health and environmental safety hazards and develop strategies to prevent, control and eliminate disease and environmental impact caused by biological and chemical factors. They inspect restaurants, industrial establishments, municipal water systems, public facilities, and institutions to ensure compliance with government regulations regarding sanitation, pollution control and the handling and storage of hazardous substances. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.


Index of titles
Beauty salon inspector
Dangerous goods inspector - railway transport
Dangerous waste inspector
Enforcement officer - environmental health
Environmental health and safety advisor
Environmental health and safety coordinator - public health and environmental safety
Environmental health inspector
Environmental health inspectors supervisor
Environmental health officer
Environmental health officers supervisor
Environmental officer
Environmental safety advisor
Environmental safety consultant
Environmental safety officer
Environmental safety specialist
Flood damage inspector
Food inspector
Hazardous waste inspector
Health standards inspector
Hotel and restaurant inspector - public health
Industrial waste control inspector
Mine examiner
Nursing home inspector
Pollution control inspector
Public health and safety coordinator
Public health inspector
Public health inspectors supervisor
Public health safety inspector
Public health unit supervisor
Public safety advisor
Public safety consultant
Public safety coordinator
Public safety officer
Public safety specialist
Quarantine officer - public health
Restaurant inspector
Rodent control inspector
Rodent control officer
Safety and sanitary inspector - public and environmental health
Sanitary department inspector - environmental health
Sanitary standards inspector
Sewage disposal inspector - environmental health
Waste water treatment plant inspector
Water inspector
Welfare institute inspector - public health


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Inspect the sanitary conditions of restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals and other public facilities or institutions
Conduct surveys and monitoring programs of the natural environment to identify sources of pollution
Collect biological and chemical samples and specimens for analysis; measure physical, biological and chemical; and conduct safety and environmental audits
Investigate health and safety related complaints, spills of hazardous chemicals, outbreaks of diseases or poisonings
Inspect workplaces to ensure that equipment, materials and production processes do not present environmental hazards to the environment or a health and safety hazard to employees or to the general public
Lead the development and the implementation of public safety and environmental health and safety programs and strategies to mitigate risk and optimize the general public and worker’s health and safety and environmental protection
Initiate enforcement procedures to fine or to close an establishment contravening municipal, provincial or federal regulations
Provide consultation and deliver training programs to employers, employees and the general public on issues of public health, environmental protection or workplace safety.


Employment requirements
A bachelor's degree in a discipline such as food science, environmental studies, chemistry or health and safety is usually required.
Public health inspectors employed outside Quebec require certification with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.
Environmental health and safety professionals may require certification with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP).


Additional information

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