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Safety Codes Officer

Safety codes officers inspect the construction, installation and maintenance of structures and systems. They ensure compliance with relevant codes, standards and regulations. They are concerned with the elements of public safety covered under the Safety Codes Act.

  • Avg. Salary $82,141.00
  • Avg. Wage $40.63
  • Minimum Education Varies
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 3,500
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Audit Field Officers, Authority Having Jurisdiction, Inspector (Boiler and Pressure Vessel / Building / Construction / Electrical Safety / Plumbing and Gas), Investigator, Occupational Health and Safety Specialist, Official, Partnership Support 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: Construction Inspectors (2264) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Construction Inspectors (C164) 
  • 2011 NOC: Construction inspectors (2264) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

17%
17%
Average Wage
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Overall
Top
  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Interest Codes
The Safety Codes Officer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Construction Inspectors
METHODICAL

Interest in handling equipment and materials to inspect steel framework, concrete forms, reinforcing steel mesh and rods, concrete and pre-stressed concrete to ensure quality standards; and in inspecting construction sites to ensure safe working conditions are maintained

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing data from inspection of sites to verify that they conform to specifications and building codes, and from inspections and tests of electrical and plumbing installations to ensure that they comply with municipal, provincial and federal regulations

directive

Interest in speaking with purchasers to inspect, assess and provide reports on new and resale homes; and in inspecting existing buildings to identify and report on structural defects, fire hazards and other threats to safety

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 Jun 11, 2018

Building safety codes officers inspect projects that are under construction for compliance with the Alberta Building Code and National Energy Code for Buildings. Their duties vary depending on their level of certification. In general, they:

  • provide information to the public about relevant laws, regulations and services
  • review and approve building and site plans
  • review and register quality control programs
  • issue permits for proposed construction, relocation or demolition
  • inspect sites prior to construction and buildings under construction to ensure they match building codes
  • make sure all life, safety and public-protection concerns have been addressed before approving a building for occupancy
  • prepare reports on building activity
  • investigate and review accident reports.

Electrical safety codes officers inspect a wide range of installations where electrical work is performed. In general, they make sure electrical wiring and appliances, outside wiring, and industrial electrical equipment are installed properly (safely and in accordance with electrical regulations).

Plumbing and gas safety codes officers make sure private sewage systems and plumbing and gas appliances, fixtures, installations and equipment comply with applicable plumbing and gas regulations.

Boiler and pressure vessel safety codes officers:

  • review and audit authorized quality control programs
  • make sure boilers and pressure vessels are installed and operated safely (in accordance with the boilers and pressure vessels regulations)
  • inspect power plants, pressure plants and steam plants
  • review designs and conduct shop inspections and certification checks
  • investigate accidents
  • examine power engineers and pressure welders
  • provide evidence to prosecute violators.

Fire safety codes officers perform fire inspections (and take measures to reduce danger to life and property), report fires and look into the cause, origin and circumstances of fires (within their jurisdiction).

Amusement rides, elevators and passenger ropeways (ski lifts) safety codes officers:

  • conduct in-service inspections
  • review plans and conduct initial inspections and regulatory audits
  • investigate accidents
  • issue permits.
Working Conditions
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Safety codes officers work in a variety of settings such as offices, construction sites, utility stations, farmsteads, fire or accident scenes, ski areas and amusement parks. They may need to work some overtime (during peak periods of construction or recreation activities).

Safety codes officers must follow safety precautions (such as wearing hard hats and safety shoes to avoid injury while working on construction sites).

  • Strength Required Lift up to 5 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Safety codes officers need to possess:

  • good writing and speaking skills
  • the ability to solve problems
  • the ability to make decisions
  • math skills
  • good public relations skills (to ensure laws and regulations are properly enforced)
  • the ability to be diplomatic (when dealing with clients who may not agree with their code interpretations)
  • strong leaderships skills and personal motivation.

They should enjoy:

  • having clear rules and organized methods for their work
  • studying information
  • dealing with people.
Educational Requirements
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Safety codes officers need a combination of related training and work experience. They may require journeyperson certification or related post-secondary education plus years of experience related to the type of inspection involved. For example, some boiler and pressure vessel safety codes officers must have:

  • a high school diploma and a First Class Power Engineering Certificate, or
  • a university degree in mechanical engineering or equivalent, plus
  • at least 5 years of experience in the design, fabrication, operation and maintenance or inspection of high pressure steam plants and equipment.

Computer skills are an asset. A driver’s license often is required.

All safety codes officers must be certified by the Safety Codes Council. Different levels of certification require successful completion of approved courses. For information about correspondence, classroom and online training courses, see the Safety Codes Council website.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 14, 2016

Safety Codes Officer

Safety codes officers inspect the construction, installation and maintenance of structures, equipment and systems to ensure compliance with relevant codes, standards and regulations. For more information, see the Safety Codes Officer occupational profile in OCCinfo.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Safety Codes Act and regulations, you must be certified by the Safety Codes Council to carry out inspections of plumbing, gas, electrical or fire prevention systems, buildings, passenger ropeways (for example, chair lifts), boilers and pressure vessels, or amusement rides. You also must be employed by a municipality, regional services commission, corporation or agency that has been delegated the responsibility to provide services under the Safety Codes Act.

What You Need

Each discipline (plumbing, gas, electrical, etc.) has different education, work experience, competency and technical requirements. Further, there are levels of certification within each discipline. For official, detailed information about certification requirements, visit the Safety Codes Council website or contact the Safety Codes Council.

Working in Alberta

Safety codes officers who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta if certified safety codes officers in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. Applicants will be required to write exams to demonstrate knowledge of Alberta legislation.

Contact Details

Safety Codes Council
Suite 1000, 10665 Jasper Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T5J 3S9
Phone number: 780-413-0099
Toll-free phone number (within Alberta): 1-888-413-0099
Fax number: 780-424-5134
Website: www.safetycodes.ab.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Safety codes officers work for:

  • municipal governments
  • accredited agencies
  • corporations that provide compliance monitoring services.

Experienced safety codes officers may advance to senior positions and, depending on their qualifications, to management.

Safety codes officers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 2264: Construction inspectors. In Alberta, 80% 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:

  • time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Salary ranges for safety codes officers vary depending on the employer and type of inspection involved.

Construction inspectors

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $18.00 $55.00 $35.13 $35.43
Overall $19.47 $60.13 $40.63 $40.04
Top $24.00 $60.13 $45.67 $46.15

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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.

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
Public Administration
Construction
ALL INDUSTRIES
Professional, Scientific & Technical Services
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

33%
33%

Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties

17%
17%

Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months

4%
4%

Vacancy Rate

2%
Related High School Subjects
  • Science
  • Trades, Manufacturing and Transportation
    • Construction
    • Fabrication
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Engineering, Architecture and Related Studies
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Jun 11, 2018

Safety Codes Council website: www.safetycodes.ab.ca

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Updated Oct 01, 2009. 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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