Skip to the main content
This website uses cookies to give you a better online experience. By using this website or closing this message, you are agreeing to our cookie policy. More information
Alberta Supports Contact Centre

Toll Free 1-877-644-9992

Guest Account Sign In Sign Up Search
Updated

Occupational Health and Safety Advisor

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

  • Avg. Salary $80,949.00
  • Avg. Wage $42.48
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 7,700
  • In Demand Medium
Also Known As

Environmental Health and Safety Advisor, Safety Officer

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (2263) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (C163) 
  • 2011 NOC: Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety (2263) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

27%
27%
Average Wage
Starting
Overall
Top
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
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
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.

Learn More

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Occupational health and safety advisors promote the health, safety and well-being of workers and the sustainability of workplaces by considering health and safety concerns in the physical work environment. They also focus on:

  • Health, safety, and well-being concerns related to how work is organized 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. But in general, occupational health and safety advisors assess and evaluate work procedures and environments. They identify potential hazards and eliminate them or ensure controls are in place. They also:

  • Advise managers, supervisors and employees about safe work practices and safety standards and regulations
  • Recommend procedures and equipment for safety and compliance with relevant laws and regulations
  • Develop health and safety policies and programs
  • Teach 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 or devices to prevent future occurrences

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

  • Conduct noise level surveys
  • Take air quality samples or conduct water sampling
  • Complete ergonomic assessments
  • Identify dusts, vapours or gases, and advise management about corrective measures

For more information, see the Environmental Auditor, Environmental Engineer, Ergonomist and Occupational Hygienist occupational profiles.

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 teach 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 Mar 31, 2019

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 heavy items, climbing to heights or working in confined spaces.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Occupational health and safety advisors need:

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • The ability to lead and motivate workers at all levels

They should enjoy:

  • Having clear rules and organized methods for their work
  • Analyzing information
  • Advocating for workers
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Employers generally prefer to hire individuals 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 such as chemistry, engineering, medicine, microbiology, nursing, or physics. Other positions require journeyperson certification or extensive work experience related to the employer’s business, such as trucking, mining, or electrical utilities.

Once hired, occupational health and safety advisors must keep up with developments in their field. These may include changes in personal protection equipment, laws, or regulations. They may get additional on-the-job training or take related continuing education courses offered by post-secondary schools or professional associations.


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

Energy Safety Canada

Grande Prairie Regional College

Grant MacEwan University

Mount Royal University

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

University of Victoria

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Although certification is not required, it may be an asset when seeking employment. The Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP) 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.

For related certifications that are industry specific, talk to practising occupational health and safety advisors or potential employers.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2019

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

Occupational health and safety advisors with post-secondary education are more likely to advance to management positions.

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 (pdf) 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

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

In Alberta, the C163: Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 94 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

 

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Salaries vary depending on health and safety advisors’ qualifications and responsibilities.

Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $16.00 $55.00 $35.55 $35.90
Overall $20.00 $71.43 $42.48 $41.97
Top $23.00 $92.86 $48.87 $49.40

Swipe left and right to view all data. Scroll left and right to view all data.

* 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.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Industry Information
Oil & Gas Extraction
Utilities
Public Administration
Health Care & Social Assistance
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
ALL INDUSTRIES
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Manufacturing
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Construction
Retail Trade
Business, Building and Other Support Services

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

31%
31%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

27%
27%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

5%
5%

Vacancy Rate

2%
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 Mar 31, 2019

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 call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Updated Mar 31, 2019. 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.

Was this page useful?
Top