Public Health & Occupational Health and Safety Inspectors
Learn about this occupation – including typical duties, education required, salary and job outlook information, job boards and more.
Inspectors in this unit group evaluate and monitor health and safety hazards and develop strategies to control risks. 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 public and private sectors. (National Occupational Classification)
This profile page includes information about Public Health Inspectors, Occupational Health & Safety Officers, Environmental Health Officers, Food Inspectors, Hazardous Waste Management Technicians, and other related inspectors.
Find detailed information about the occupation, including typical duties and working conditions, in the links below:
- National Occupational Classification (NOC) - Canadian occupational descriptions
- O*NET Online - U.S. resource for occupational descriptions and information
- OCCinfo by alis - Alberta-based occupational information
- Career profile: Environmental Health Officer - from ECO Canada
- Career profile: Hazardous Waste Specialist - from ECO Canada
- Food Talk: How to become a Public Health Inspector - from Food Reach
- A day in the life of a public health inspector - CTV News Winnipeg
- Careers in Environmental Health & Safety - report from ECO Canada
- Featured Career Paths - selected profiles from Health Canada
- Career Profiles - Canadian Food Inspection Agency
- Bioscience Officer profile (includes video) - Canadian Forces
- Student Stories - Internship Experiences - Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (U.S.)
- Interview: Occupational Hygiene Technologist, Environmental Health & Safety - UM Today News - Human Resources
The University of Manitoba does not offer specific degree or diploma programs in Public Health Inspection or Occupational Health and Safety, but does offer some related courses. Students interested in becoming a certified public health inspector may choose to complete a related degree or coursework prior to entering an accredited program out of province (CIPHI list below). Practice within this field generally requires post-secondary education in food science, environmental science, chemistry or health and safety (NOC) or journeyperson certification or extensive work experience related to an employer's business (alis).
U of M Academic Calendar
The Academic Calendar & Catalogue outlines program admission and course requirements. Use the left menu to navigate to a specific faculty and program. To determine which degree path suits your unique occupational goals, speak with a Career Consultant. For support with course registration and academic issues, speak with an Academic Advisor.
Faculty and Department Homepages
Visit the faculty and department homepage to learn about program application deadlines and processes, as well as additional in-house resources and opportunities.
- Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences
- Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth & Resources
- Faculty of Science
- Department of Labour Studies - Faculty of Arts (courses offered and minor available)
Exploring Other Education Options
- Accredited schools of Environmental Health - Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI)
- OHS Academic Programs Approved for CRSP Eligibility - Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
- College/University Programs in OH&S - Cdn Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
- Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (U.S.) - accredited programs
- Association of Schools of Public Health - U.S. Educational Programs
- Council on Education for Public Health (U.S.) - program list
- Accredited Undergraduate and Graduate programs with the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC)
Labour market information
Labour market information informs users of supply and demand for specific occupations and sectors. It includes such things as salary and job outlook information. These resources support informed career decision making and job search efforts.
- Explore Careers: Job Market Report (Winnipeg Region) - Gov. of Canada Job Bank
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - Job outlook for the U.S.
- Canada's Best Jobs 2015: Health & Occupation Inspector - Canadian Business
- Salary Survey - Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors
- Careers in Environmental Health & Safety: Current Job Trends and Future Growth(2014) - ECO Canada
- Salary Survey (2017) - Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
Professional associations organize events and directories, job postings, career and labour market information. Student membership opportunities are also available. This is a great way to learn and network.
- Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI)
- Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals
- Canadian Auditing Association
- American Public Health Association
- National Environmental Health Association (U.S.)
- Chartered Institute of Public Health (U.K.)
- International Association for Food Protection
Directories, Industry Associations, and Sector Councils
These resources provide industry news, labour market information and a list of potential employers. Remember, there are usually multiple industries worth exploring.
- Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada
- Made Safe Manitoba - manufacturing safety association
- Manufacturers Safety Council - Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
- Safe Food Canada
Search occupations of interest in the industry-specific job boards below to learn about skill requirements, employers, job duties and available jobs. You may also wish to search more general online job boards.