Occupational Hygiene Technician
One of the main tasks of Occupational Hygiene Technicians is to ensure that the company’s employees work, to the degree possible, in a zero-risk environment. They are responsible for assessing, sampling and helping to prevent the potential exposure of workers to various health hazards.
They are therefore key players in the smooth application of the company’s safety policy!
WHAT DOES THIS PERSON DO?
Specialises in eliminating health hazards
Eliminating hazards and reducing their risk are always on the minds of Occupational Hygiene Technicians. To that end, they collect samples of the contaminants that might be a health hazard for workers. They then present their findings to the company so it can introduce the procedures needed to eliminate the hazard and mitigate the risk. Prevention also involves education. Occupational Hygiene Technicians are also called on to help develop the contents of training packages. They carry out prevention campaigns to raise the awareness of the company’s employees as regards known hazards and the adoption of good operating practices.
A versatile technician
Industrial and occupational hazards are many and varied: asbestos dust and fibres, ionising radiation, noise, vibrations, projectiles are only a few of them. Occupational Hygiene Technicians must therefore have knowledge and skills in many technical and varied fields. They must also be thoroughly familiar with the terrain and work areas. Their sound knowledge enables them to advise employees suitably when, for example, choosing the right tools and equipment based on the work to be done.
Thorough and organised
Whether collecting samples or writing up procedures, Occupational Hygiene Technicians must be thorough and organised in order to achieve the objectives. They may also be called on to intervene in a situation that has become hazardous, where attention to detail and concentration are vital.
What are the essential qualities?
An astute communicator
Prevention accounts for the bulk of this technician’s work. They interact closely with workers and must be persuasive and capable of teaching so that everyone can adopt the best occupational hygiene practices.
Physically and mentally resilient
Occupational Hygiene Technicians have to work everywhere on the site, sometimes in adverse weather conditions. They also have to be prepared to cope with the unexpected. Lastly, they must also maintain their composure should they encounter resistance from others when it comes to
An Occupational Hygiene Technician must have a bac +2 or +3.
Their areas of interest can be vast and varied. However, they need to aim for a BTS (vocational training certificate), DUT (university technology diploma) or DEUST (university diploma in scientific and technical studies) in the areas of worker exposure to noise and atmospheric pollution, occupational health and safety regulations, industrial risks and hazards, etc.
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