Public health and safety inspectors

Public health and safety inspectors

NOC
2263

- Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety

Evaluate health and safety hazards and develop strategies to control risks. They inspect restaurants, industrial establishments, municipal water systems, public facilities, and other workplaces.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

52
 

Median Hourly Wage

$36.92
$24.50
Low
$52.31
High

Median Salary

$58,844
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

595
 

% Working Full Time

93%
 

% Working Full Year

71%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Inspectors in this unit group evaluate and monitor health and safety hazards and develop strategies to control risks in the workplace. They inspect restaurants, industrial establishments, municipal water systems, public facilities, institutions and other workplaces to ensure compliance with government regulations regarding sanitation, pollution control, the handling and storage of hazardous substances and workplace safety. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

Main Duties

Inspectors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Inspect the sanitary conditions of restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals and other public facilities or institutions
  • Conduct surveys and monitoring programs of the natural environment to identify sources of pollution
  • Collect biological and chemical samples and specimens for analysis; measure physical, biological and chemical workplace hazards; and conduct safety and environmental audits
  • Investigate health and safety related complaints, spills of hazardous chemicals, outbreaks of diseases or poisonings and workplace accidents
  • Inspect workplaces to ensure that equipment, materials and production processes do not present a safety or health hazard to employees or to the general public
  • Develop, implement and evaluate health and safety programs and strategies
  • Initiate enforcement procedures to fine or to close an establishment contravening municipal, provincial or federal regulations
  • Provide consultation and deliver training programs to employers, employees and the general public on issues of public health, environmental protection or workplace safety.

Also Known As

  • environmental health officer
  • hazardous waste inspector
  • health and safety officer
  • health standards inspector
  • occupational health and safety officer
  • pollution control inspector
  • public health inspector
  • public health inspectors supervisor
  • restaurant inspector
  • rodent control inspector
  • water inspector
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or college diploma in a discipline such as food science, environmental studies, chemistry or health and safety is usually required.
  • In some establishments, several years of related work experience and the completion of in-house training courses may substitute for formal education.
  • Public health inspectors employed outside Quebec require certification with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.
  • Occupational health and safety officers may require certification with the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP).

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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40.2%
Female
59.8%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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3.3%
15-24
25.6%
25-34
28.9%
35-44
21.5%
45-54
19.0%
55-64
1.7%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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3.3%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
17.2%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
5.7%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
35.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
38.5%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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34.4%
Public administration
9.0%
Professional, scientific and technical services
8.2%
Manufacturing
48.4%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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21.10%
Northeast
24.40%
Southeast
31.70%
Southwest
16.30%
Central
6.50%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$52,055
Northeast
$69,568
Southeast
$65,637
Southwest
$65,028
Central
$42,594
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available
No Data Available

Southwest

$36.92
$24.50
Low
$54.00
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$58,844

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$65,630

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$58,844

Newfoundland

$73,393

Prince Edward Island

$47,754

Nova Scotia

$62,528

Canada

$68,620
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

52
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

54
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

187
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

8
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

179