22232 – Occupational health and safety specialists

Broad Occupation Category

2 - Natural and applied sciences and related occupations.


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major Group

22 – Technical occupations related to natural and applied sciences

Broad Occupation Category

222 – Technical occupations related to applied sciences (except engineering)

Broad Occupation Category

2223 – Technical inspectors and regulatory officers

Occupational health and safety specialists review, evaluate and monitor health and safety hazards and develop strategies to prevent, control and eliminate accidents and occupational injuries. They inspect the workplace environments, equipment and practices to ensure compliance with organization and government environment, health and safety standards and regulations. They are employed throughout the public and private sectors.

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Example Titles

  • Health and safety officer

  • Occupational health and safety officer

  • Occupational safety consultant

  • Occupational safety coordinator

  • Occupational safety officer

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Lead and participate in workplace audits and investigations of safety concerns, incidents and accidents

  • Lead and participate in workplace inspections to ensure that equipment, materials and production processes do not present a safety or health hazard to employees

  • Develop and implement health and safety programs, including standard operating procedures, policies and training to mitigate risk, optimize worker’s health and safety and foster a positive occupational health and safety culture

  • Initiate enforcement procedures on workplaces contravening organization and government health and safety standards and regulations

  • Provide training to employers, employees and the general public on issues of workplace safety

  • Communicate, engage and influence decision-makers and workers to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation and regulations.

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in occupational health and safety is usually required.

  • Occupational health and safety officers may require certification with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP).