Chemical technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in chemical engineering, chemical and biochemical research and analysis, industrial chemistry, chemical quality control and environmental protection. They are employed by research and development and quality control laboratories, consulting engineering companies, in chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and a variety of other manufacturing and processing industries, and by utilities, health, educational and government establishments.
- Investigates and examines the workplace for hazards and potential dangers
- Makes recommendations on improving the safety of workers;
- Conducts research to provide data on possible harmful conditions in the workplace;
- Develops techniques to anticipate and control potentially dangerous situations in the workplace and the community;
- Trains and educates the community about job-related risks;
- Advises government officials and participates in the development of regulations to ensure the health and safety of workers and their families;
- Ensures that workers are properly following health and safety;
- Assures indoor air quality in industrial buildings and sites;
- Evaluates and controls environmental lead exposure;
- Handles emergency response planning and community right-to-know;
- Evaluates the risk of occupational disease such as tuberculosis and silicosis;
- Identifies the presence of potentially hazardous agents such as asbestos, pesticides, and radon gas;
- Guards against cumulative trauma disorders such as repetitive stress injuries;
- Detects harmful radiation such as electromagnetic fields and microwaves;
- Sets limits on exposure to chemical and physical agents
- Detections and controls potential occupational hazards such as noise, radiation, and illumination;
- Oversees hazardous waste management.
Three-year college program in chemical engineering technology: industrial hygiene.