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Occupational Health and Safety Advisor

Occupational health and safety advisors facilitate the development, implementation and maintenance of workplace safety programs.

  • Avg. Salary $87,273.00
  • Avg. Wage $43.31
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook Down
  • Employed 9,400
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Environmental Health and Safety Advisor, Safety Officer

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

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50%
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  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Occupational Health and Safety Advisor is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety
NOC code: 2263
METHODICAL

Interest in handling materials to collect water samples and other materials for analyses; and to develop, implement and evaluate health and safety programs and strategies

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing data from investigations of health and safety related complaints, spills of hazardous chemicals, outbreaks of diseases and poisonings and from workplace accidents and illnesses

DIRECTIVE

Interest in speaking with employers, employees and the general public to deliver training and advise on public health, environmental protection and workplace safety issues; and in initiating enforcement procedures to fine or to close establishments that contravene municipal, provincial and federal regulations

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation. 

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Jan 02, 2017

Occupational health and safety advisors promote the health, safety and well-being of workers and sustainability of workplaces by considering the following:

  • health and safety concerns in the physical work environment
  • health, safety and well-being concerns related to the organization of work and the workplace culture
  • personal health resources in the workplace
  • ways to participate in the community to improve the health of workers, their families and other community members.

Specific duties vary considerably from one position to another. However, in general, they:

  • assess and evaluate work procedures and environments to identify potential hazards and eliminate them or ensure that adequate controls are in place
  • advise managers, supervisors and employees about safe work practices and safety standards and regulations
  • recommend appropriate procedures and equipment for safety and compliance with relevant laws and regulations
  • develop health and safety policies and programs
  • instruct safety courses
  • facilitate employee safety committees and programs
  • promote safe work practices and injury and fatality prevention activities
  • participate in incident investigations
  • work with others on emergency planning.

These responsibilities may require that occupational health and safety advisors:

  • inspect machines to identify potential hazards, recommend risk reduction measures and supervise the installation of safety features or the introduction of safer procedures
  • regularly inspect premises for fire hazards and adequate fire protection, and inspect firefighting equipment
  • investigate the causes of incidents and develop procedures, methods or devices to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

Occupational health and safety advisors also may hire specialized consultants to:

In trucking companies, advisors inform truck and trailer drivers about traffic and safety regulations, loading and unloading policies, and proper care of equipment. They also investigate collisions and recommend measures to improve safety records and conserve equipment.

In mines, advisors ensure compliance with health and safety laws and regulations. They check supports, electrical and mechanical equipment, explosives storage and air quality. They also instruct safety and first-aid courses and lead rescue activities.

In electrical utility companies, advisors instruct workers about safety measures, check equipment and tools, observe crews at work, examine tunnels and ditches, investigate accidents and devise preventative measures.

In some organizations, occupational health and safety advisors have additional responsibilities related to workers compensation, environmental protection, risk management or plant security.

Working Conditions
Updated Jan 02, 2017

Occupational health and safety advisors work in offices and at production sites. In companies with many fieldwork sites, considerable travel may be required to assist with implementing safety programs and monitoring compliance with company, industry and government safety standards.

In addition to their regular work hours, health and safety advisors may be required to respond whenever safety-related incidents occur. Safety precautions must be observed to reduce the risk of exposure to hazardous materials.

Physical requirements may include lifting items that weigh up to 10 kilograms, climbing to heights or working in confined spaces.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Jan 02, 2017

Occupational health and safety advisors need the following characteristics:

  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • excellent interpersonal skills
  • the ability to lead and motivate workers and executives
  • a willingness to do the reading required to keep up with new developments (for example, in personal protection equipment, laws, regulations).

They should enjoy having clear rules and organized methods for their work, analyzing information and advocating for workers.

Educational Requirements
Updated Jan 02, 2017

Employers generally prefer to hire people who have computer skills and a combination of relevant education and experience. Some positions require post-secondary education in occupational health and safety or a related field (for example, chemistry, engineering, medicine, microbiology, nursing, physics). Other positions require journeyperson certification or extensive work experience related to the employer's business (for example, trucking, mining, electrical utilities).

Once hired, occupational health and safety advisors may obtain additional training on the job or take related continuing education courses offered by post-secondary schools and professional associations. Continuing education programs may be offered on an as-needed basis. For information, please check the continuing education calendars or websites of local post-secondary schools.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Concordia University of Edmonton

Grande Prairie Regional College

MacEwan University

Mount Royal University

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

University of Alberta

University of Victoria - Victoria

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification is not required in Alberta but may be an asset when seeking employment. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals offers the designation Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) to applicants who have been employed as occupational health and safety advisors for at least 3 years and have successfully completed an evaluation, interview and examination process.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Jan 02, 2017

Below-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Occupational health and safety advisors are employed by large and mid-sized organizations in a wide variety of industries.

Opportunities for advancement to management positions are best for those who have post-secondary education.

Occupational health and safety advisors are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2263: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety. In Alberta, 85% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries:

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 9,400 Albertans are employed in the Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety occupational group. This group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.0% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 94 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As occupational health and safety advisors form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for occupational health and safety advisors.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Jan 02, 2017

Salaries for vary depending on the health and safety advisor's qualifications and responsibilities.

Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety
NOC code: 2263

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $17.00 $57.00 $36.64 $36.35
Overall $17.00 $71.63 $43.31 $45.72
Top $17.00 $119.54 $54.66 $52.28

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
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Transportation and Warehousing
Public Administration
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Utilities
Health Care & Social Assistance
Business, Building and Other Support Services (aka Management, Administrative, and other Services)
Educational Services
Construction
Manufacturing
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

50%
50%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

14%
14%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

5%
5%

2015 Vacancy Rate

2%
Related High School Subjects
  • Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Health, Recreation and Human Services
    • Health Care Services
  • Natural Resources
    • Environmental Stewardship
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Engineering, Architecture and Related Studies
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
  • Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Jan 02, 2017

Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) website: www.bcrsp.ca

BuildForce Canada website: www.buildforce.ca

ECO Canada website: www.eco.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 19, 2016. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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