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Health and Regulatory Inspectors

Work Environment

Most health and regulatory inspectors should expect to travel a considerable amount of the time. They interact with a wide variety of people from different educational and professional backgrounds. Health and regulatory inspectors sometimes work long and irregular hours. Inspectors may also experience stressful, unpleasant, and even dangerous situations. Mine inspection can be dangerous, and agricultural and food inspection may bring contact with unpleasant odors, loud noises, potentially infectious diseases, and other difficult working conditions. Agricultural commodity graders may work outside in the heat or in cool refrigeration units. They may also be required to lift heavy objects. Consumer safety inspectors may work in slaughterhouses or processing rooms or in refrigerated storage rooms. Customs inspectors must deal with irate and angry travelers as they search luggage and cargo. They also face danger when dealing with smugglers, terrorists, and other criminals. Customs patrol officers may deal with dangerous border crashers as well as exposure to extremes in temperature as they perform their duties. Postal inspectors may encounter hazardous or explosive materials that may have been shipped improperly or deliberately through the mail. Environmental health inspectors may encounter radioactive or toxic materials or substances as they strive to make all areas of the environment safe for the average citizen.

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