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Why are compliance inspectors such an important part of our society?Watch this short video onenvironmental health by opening the hyperlink and you will discover why.

How many compliance inspectors are there
How many compliance inspectors are there?

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010) estimated that there were nearly 217,000 men and women employed as compliance officers throughout the United States, and that this number would rise to 249,000 by 2020.

So who are compliance inspectors
So, who are compliance inspectors?

  • Enforcement Officer

  • Environmental Scientist

  • Environmental Specialist

  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Enforcement Officer (RCRA Enforcement Officer)

  • Compliance Investigator

  • Environmental Quality Analyst

  • Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Inspector

  • Toxics Program Officer

  • Waste Management Specialist………to name but a few

What do compliance inspectors do
What do compliance inspectors do?

The responsibilities of a compliance inspector include the


  • Determine the nature of code violations and actions to be taken, and issue written notices of violation; participate in enforcement hearings as necessary

  • Examine permits, licenses, applications, and records to ensure compliance with licensing requirements

  • Prepare, organize, and maintain inspection records

  • Interview individuals to determine the nature of suspected violations and to obtain evidence of violations

Compliance inspector responsibilities,


  • Prepare written, oral, tabular, and graphic reports summarizing requirements and regulations, including enforcement and chain of custody documentation.

  • Monitor follow-up actions in cases where violations were found, and review compliance monitoring reports.

  • Investigate complaints and suspected violations regarding illegal dumping, pollution, pesticides, product quality, or labeling laws.

  • Inspect waste pretreatment, treatment, and disposal facilities and systems for conformance to federal, state, or local regulations.

Compliance inspector responsibilities,


  • Inform individuals and groups of pollution control regulations and inspection findings, and explain how problems can be corrected.

  • Determine sampling locations and methods, and collect water or wastewater samples for analysis, preserving samples with appropriate containers and preservation methods.

What sort of tools and equipment do compliance inspectors use
What sort of tools and equipment do compliance inspectors use?

Hydrocarbon Analyzer

  • Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors

  • Laboratory bailers

  • Sampling pumps

  • Soil core sampling apparatus

  • Water samplers

Sampling Pump

Hydrocarbon Analyzer

Water Sampler

What technologies are used by the inspectors
What technologies are used by the inspectors? use?

  • Analytical or scientific software

  • Data base user interface and query software

  • Document management software

  • Spreadsheet software

  • Word processing software

  • Advanced photography

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We would like to express our thanks to the National Center for O*NET Development who developed this material.Source:National Center for O*NET Development. 13-1041.01. O*NET Online. Retrieved September 5, 2013, from