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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
  • $61,228

    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 Supervisor Human Resources Manager Compensation Consultant
Compensation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager
Corporate Director
11 Yearsyrs
Manager, Environmental And Safety Safety Manager
Corporate Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Supervisor Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Regional Director Deputy Director
Emergency Management Director
8 Yearsyrs
Environmental Specialist Environmental Scientist Environmental Engineer
Environmental Compliance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Specialist Environmental Specialist
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental, Safety, & Health Engineer Environmental Health Specialist Environmental Specialist
Environmental Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director General Manager Food Service Director
Food Safety Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Owner/Operator Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Operation Supervisor
Human Resources Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Environmental Consultant Safety Coordinator Loss Control Consultant
Loss Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Home Health Aid Environmental Services Supervisor
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Specialist Safety Specialist Safety Manager
Program Safety Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental Safety Specialist Safety Specialist Compliance Specialist
Regulatory Compliance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Engineer Safety Officer Safety Coordinator
Safety And Training Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager General Manager Security Officer
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Trainer 3.6 years
EHS Specialist 3.3 years
Safety Coordinator 3.1 years
EHS Coordinator 3.1 years
Safety Specialist 3.0 years
Safety Technician 2.4 years
Safety Assistant 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 8.5%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Employers After
Supervisor 3.3%
Manager 2.7%

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Health And Safety Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

59.1%

Female

39.3%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.9%

French

6.6%

German

4.9%

Italian

4.9%

Portuguese

3.3%

Carrier

3.3%

Dakota

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Turkish

1.6%

Romanian

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Navajo

1.6%
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Health And Safety Coordinator Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

17.2%

University of Phoenix

13.2%

Eastern Kentucky University

7.0%

University of Central Oklahoma

5.7%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

5.3%

Northeastern State University

4.4%

Indiana State University

4.4%

University of Wisconsin - Stout

4.0%

Murray State University

4.0%

Illinois State University

4.0%

Wayne State University

3.5%

Keene State College

3.5%

Liberty University

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.1%

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

3.1%

Pennsylvania State University

3.1%

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

2.6%

Marshall University

2.6%

University of Central Missouri

2.6%
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Majors

Business

18.8%

Environmental Science

10.5%

Occupational Safety And Health

10.5%

Public Health

10.4%

Management

8.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

5.1%

Nursing

4.6%

Criminal Justice

4.2%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Human Resources Management

2.8%

Biology

2.6%

Psychology

2.5%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Early Childhood Education

2.3%

Chemistry

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

Fire Science And Protection

1.9%

General Studies

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.2%

Masters

19.6%

Other

18.2%

Associate

9.7%

Certificate

5.4%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.4%
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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

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  1. Safety
  2. Compliance
  3. Osha
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  • Conducted safety educational training and developed material on incident reporting procedures, fire safety and hazard communication.
  • Performed and coordinated monthly employee compliance training and conducted ergonomic assessments and mitigation.
  • Increased educational efficiency by developing OSHA compliant web-based education and refresher programs.
  • Conduct safety inspections and investigate violations to ensure safety procedures are being followed.
  • Designed and implemented innovative method of tracking facility s usage of natural resources and waste generated during product assembly.

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