Environmental Compliance Inspectors

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About the Job

Inspect and investigate sources of pollution to protect the public and environment and ensure conformance with Federal, State, and local regulations and ordinances.

It is also Called

  • Agricultural Chemicals Inspector
  • Agricultural Chemicals Registration Specialist
  • Air Pollution Inspector
  • Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI)
  • City Sanitarian
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Compliance Coordinator
  • Compliance Investigator
  • Compliance Manager
  • Compliance Representative
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What They Do

  • Examine permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance with licensing requirements.
  • Prepare written, oral, tabular, and graphic reports summarizing requirements and regulations, including enforcement and chain of custody documentation.
  • Determine the nature of code violations and actions to be taken, and issue written notices of violation; participate in enforcement hearings as necessary.
  • Prepare, organize, and maintain inspection records.
  • Verify that hazardous chemicals are handled, stored, and disposed of in accordance with regulations.
  • Research and keep informed of pertinent information and developments in areas such as EPA laws and regulations.
  • Interview individuals to determine the nature of suspected violations and to obtain evidence of violations.
  • Learn and observe proper safety precautions, rules, regulations, and practices so that unsafe conditions can be recognized and proper safety protocols implemented.
  • Monitor follow-up actions in cases where violations were found, and review compliance monitoring reports.
  • Inspect waste pretreatment, treatment, and disposal facilities and systems for conformance to federal, state, or local regulations.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ICR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Conventional and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Working Conditions and Support in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $63,820 with most people making between $35,750 and $98,710

Outlook

0.43%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 6,570 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 6,850 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 28 openings due to growth and about 92 replacement openings for approximately 120 total annual openings.

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Silver certificate

Skill Level
Locating Information4
Reading for Information3
Applied Mathematics3
Observation3