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Health inspectors, or sanitarians or environmental health specialists, typically occupational health and safety technicians, scrutinize the work environment and labor conditions of businesses to ensure the protection of the public, employees, and environment.
They may work for public institutions or private corporations.
1. Collection of samples for analysis
2. Visual inspection of equipment, workspaces, and public areas within a building
3. Compiling of their findings and recommendations.
Inspectors may have to deal with difficult sites and may meet resistance or a lack of cooperation to their inspections. They must use precautions, such as clothing and gear, to keep themselves safe from injury and illness on an inspection. Most work full-time and spend their time in the field as well as in an office setting. The educational requirements for this occupation are; all inspectors are required to learn the laws and regulations that apply to their work.
Health inspectors earn a bachelor's degree in environmental health, sanitary science or a natural science.
1. Strong verbal and written communication skills
2. Attention to detail
3. Problem-solving skills and stamina
4. Knowledge of laws and regulations related to health and safety
5. Ability to operate basic computer equipment and complex testing equipment related to the job