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Working As A Health And Safety Coordinator

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • $70,210

    Average Salary

What Does A Health And Safety Coordinator Do

Occupational health and safety specialists analyze many types of work environments and work procedures. Specialists inspect workplaces for adherence to regulations on safety, health, and the environment. They also design programs to prevent disease or injury to workers and damage to the environment.

Duties

Occupational health and safety specialists typically do the following:

  • Identify hazards in the workplace
  • Collect samples of potentially toxic materials for analysis
  • Inspect and evaluate workplace environments, equipment, and practices for compliance with corporate and government health and safety standards and regulations
  • Design and implement workplace processes and procedures that help protect workers from hazardous work conditions
  • Investigate accidents and incidents to identify their causes and to determine how they might be prevented
  • Conduct training on a variety of topics, such as emergency preparedness

Occupational health and safety specialists examine the workplace for environmental or physical factors that could affect employee health, safety, comfort, and performance. They may examine factors such as lighting, equipment, materials, and ventilation. Specialists seek to increase worker productivity by reducing absenteeism and equipment downtime. They also seek to save money by lowering insurance premiums and workers’ compensation payments and by preventing government fines.

Some specialists develop and conduct employee safety and training programs. These programs cover a range of topics, such as how to use safety equipment correctly and how to respond in an emergency.

In addition to protecting workers, specialists work to prevent harm to property, the environment, and the public by inspecting workplaces for chemical, physical, radiological, and biological hazards. Specialists who work for governments conduct safety inspections and can impose fines.

Occupational health and safety specialists work with engineers and physicians to control or fix hazardous conditions or equipment. They also work closely with occupational health and safety technicians to collect and analyze data in the workplace. 

The tasks of occupational health and safety specialists vary by industry, workplace, and types of hazards affecting employees. The following are examples of types of occupational health and safety specialists:

Ergonomists consider the design of industrial, office, and other equipment to maximize workers’ comfort, safety, and productivity.

Industrial or occupational hygienists identify workplace health hazards, such as lead, asbestos, noise, pesticides, and communicable diseases.

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How To Become A Health And Safety Coordinator

Occupational health and safety specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety or in a related scientific or technical field.

Education

Occupational health and safety specialists typically need a bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety or in a related scientific or technical field, such as engineering, biology, or chemistry. For some positions, a master’s degree in industrial hygiene, health physics, or a related subject is required.

Typical courses include radiation science, hazardous material management and control, risk communications, and respiratory protection. These courses may vary with the specialty in which a student wants to work. For example, courses in health physics focus on topics that differ from those in industrial hygiene.

High school students interested in becoming occupational health and safety specialists should take courses in English, math, chemistry, biology, and physics.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Occupational health and safety specialists must be able to use advanced technology. They often work with complex testing equipment.

Communication skills. Occupational health and safety specialists must be able to communicate safety instructions and concerns to employees and managers. They need to be able to work with technicians to collect and test samples of possible hazards, such as dust or vapors, in the workplace.

Detail oriented. Occupational health and safety specialists need to understand and follow safety standards and complex government regulations.

Physical stamina. Occupational health and safety specialists must be able to stand for long periods and be able to travel regularly. Some specialists work in environments that can be uncomfortable, such as tunnels or mines.

Problem-solving skills. Occupational health and safety specialists must be able to solve problems in order to design and implement workplace processes and procedures that help protect workers from hazardous work conditions.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is voluntary, many employers encourage it. Certification is available through several organizations, depending on the field in which the specialists work. Specialists must have graduated from an accredited educational program and have work experience to be eligible to take most certification exams. To keep their certification, specialists usually are required to complete periodic continuing education.

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Health And Safety Coordinator Career Paths

Health And Safety Coordinator
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager General Manager District Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Environmental Specialist Environmental Scientist Project Manager
Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Security Officer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Environmental Safety Specialist Safety Consultant Safety Manager
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Supervisor Safety Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Safety Manager Security Manager
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Home Health Aid Environmental Services Supervisor
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental Specialist Project Manager Engineering Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Engineer Safety Supervisor
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Project Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Environmental Safety Specialist Safety Manager Human Resources Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Manager
Project Safety Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Safety Manager Health And Safety Manager Safety Director
Risk Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Engineer Senior Safety Engineer Safety Manager
Safety And Training Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Manager Environmental Manager Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Terminal Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Chief Executive Officer Driver
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Trainer 3.7 years
EHS Specialist 3.4 years
Safety Officer 3.4 years
Safety Coordinator 3.3 years
Safety Engineer 3.3 years
EHS Coordinator 3.1 years
Safety Specialist 3.0 years
Health Officer 2.9 years
Safety Advisor 2.6 years
Safety Analyst 2.5 years
Safety Technician 2.4 years
Safety Assistant 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 8.5%
Teacher 3.2%
Top Employers After
Manager 2.9%
Supervisor 2.8%
Specialist 2.1%

Health And Safety Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

58.1%

Female

40.4%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

79.9%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.6%

French

7.6%

German

4.5%

Carrier

4.5%

Italian

4.5%

Portuguese

3.0%

Dakota

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Turkish

1.5%

Romanian

1.5%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Navajo

1.5%
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Health And Safety Coordinator Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

16.5%

University of Phoenix

13.0%

Eastern Kentucky University

6.9%

University of Central Oklahoma

5.6%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

5.2%

Northeastern State University

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

Indiana State University

4.3%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

3.9%

Murray State University

3.9%

Illinois State University

3.9%

University of South Florida

3.5%

Keene State College

3.5%

Wayne State University

3.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.0%

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

3.0%

Michigan State University

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

Texas A&M University

3.0%

Community College of the Air Force

3.0%
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Majors

Business

18.6%

Environmental Science

10.3%

Occupational Safety And Health

10.2%

Public Health

10.0%

Management

8.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.9%

Nursing

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.1%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Biology

3.0%

Human Resources Management

3.0%

Early Childhood Education

2.5%

Psychology

2.5%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Chemistry

2.2%

Fire Science And Protection

2.1%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

Education

2.0%

General Studies

1.9%

English

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.9%

Masters

19.8%

Other

17.9%

Associate

10.1%

Certificate

5.3%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.3%
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Real Health And Safety Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator Delta Industrial Valves, Inc. Niles, MI Sep 23, 2016 $57,970
Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator BBB Industries, LLC Sparta, TN Aug 31, 2016 $55,916
Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator BBB Industries, LLC Sparta, TN Sep 09, 2015 $55,916
National Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator Interfaith Worker Justice Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2014 $53,010
Quality Environmental Health and Safety Coordinato Geodis Wilson USA, Inc. Iselin, NJ Sep 15, 2010 $48,984
National Occupational Health and Safety Coordinato Interfaith Worker Justice Chicago, IL Oct 02, 2012 $48,800
Health, Safety & Environmental Coordinator Terphane Inc. Bloomfield, NY Sep 01, 2015 $47,000
Health, Safety & Environmental Coordinator Terphane Inc. Bloomfield, NY Aug 15, 2014 $47,000

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Top Skills for A Health And Safety Coordinator

EnsureComplianceOshaSafetyProceduresFacilitySafetyProgramEmergencySafetyTrainingEHSCorrectiveActionsRecordableInjuriesHazardousWasteEPAEnvironmentalHealthSafetyCommitteeHSETierIncidentInvestigationsISOSafetyAuditsHygieneMonthlySafetyMeetings

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Top Health And Safety Coordinator Skills

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Osha
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted Human Resources Generalist to ensure compliance with and develop Affirmative Action Plan and Equal Employment Opportunity programs.
  • Ensured all areas of the company were in accordance with all OSHA standards.
  • Created, implemented, and managed safety procedures, policies, and programs.
  • Identified, developed and deployed applicable Practices and Procedures as they correlated to the facility.
  • Administered safety program at local level and worked with safety coordinator at corporate level.

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