Tasks and Duties
- Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, and charts that interpret test results.
- Collect samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, and asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels and identify sources of pollution.
- Respond to and investigate hazardous conditions or spills, or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis.
- Provide information and technical and program assistance to government representatives, employers and the general public on the issues of public health, environmental protection or workplace safety.
- Calibrate microscopes and test instruments.
- Make recommendations to control or eliminate unsafe conditions at workplaces or public facilities.
- Prepare samples or photomicrographs for testing and analysis.
- Calculate amount of pollutant in samples or compute air pollution or gas flow in industrial processes, using chemical and mathematical formulas.
- Initiate procedures to close down or fine establishments violating environmental and/or health regulations.
- Determine amounts and kinds of chemicals to use in destroying harmful organisms and removing impurities from purification systems.
- Discuss test results and analyses with customers.
- Maintain files such as hazardous waste databases, chemical usage data, personnel exposure information and diagrams showing equipment locations.
- Perform statistical analysis of environmental data.
- Set up equipment or stations to monitor and collect pollutants from sites, such as smoke stacks, manufacturing plants, or mechanical equipment.
- Distribute permits, closure plans and cleanup plans.
- Weigh, analyze, and measure collected sample particles, such as lead, coal dust, or rock, to determine concentration of pollutants.
- Examine and analyze material for presence and concentration of contaminants such as asbestos, using variety of microscopes.
- Develop testing procedures, and direct activities of workers in laboratory.
- Develop and implement programs for monitoring of environmental pollution and radiation.
This project is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation.