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Working As A Health And Safety Technician

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Interacting With Computers
  • $58,004

    Average Salary

What Does A Health And Safety Technician Do

Occupational health and safety technicians collect data on the health and safety conditions of the workplace. Technicians work with occupational health and safety specialists in conducting tests and measuring hazards to help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public.

Duties

Occupational health and safety technicians typically do the following:

  • Inspect, test, and evaluate workplace environments, equipment, and practices to ensure that they follow safety standards and government regulations
  • Collect samples of potentially toxic materials
  • Work with occupational health and safety specialists to fix hazardous conditions or equipment
  • Evaluate programs on workplace health and safety
  • Educate employers and workers about workplace safety
  • Demonstrate the correct use of safety equipment
  • Investigate incidents and accidents to identify what caused them and how they might be prevented

Technicians conduct tests and collect samples and measurements as part of workplace inspections. For example, they may collect and handle samples of dust, mold, gases, vapors, or other hazardous materials. They conduct both routine and special inspections that an occupational health and safety specialist orders.

Technicians inspect workplace environments and practices. They may examine machinery and equipment, such as scaffolding and lifting devices, to be sure that they meet appropriate safety regulations. Technicians may check to make sure that workers are using required protective gear, such as masks and hardhats. Technicians also check to ensure that hazardous materials are stored correctly.

In addition to working to maintain employee health and safety, technicians work with specialists to increase worker productivity by reducing absences and equipment downtime. These actions save companies money by lowering insurance premiums and workers’ compensation payments, preventing government fines, and improving productivity and product quality.

Although all occupational health and safety technicians work to maintain the health of workers and the environment, their responsibilities vary by the type of industry and workplace they work in and the hazards that might affect the employees. For example, a technician may test the levels of dangerous gases at a waste-processing plant or may inspect the lighting and ventilation in an office setting. Both of these inspections are focused on maintaining the health of the workers and the environment.

The following are examples of types of occupational health and safety technicians:

Health physics technicians work in places that use radiation and radioactive material. Their goal is to protect people and the environment from hazardous radiation exposure.

Industrial or occupational hygiene technicians examine the workplace for health hazards, such as exposure to lead, asbestos, pesticides, or contagious diseases.

Mine examiners inspect mines for proper airflow and potential health hazards, such as the buildup of methane or other harmful gases.

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How To Become A Health And Safety Technician

Occupational health and safety technicians typically enter the occupation through one of two paths. Some technicians learn through on-the-job training; others enter with postsecondary education, such as an associate’s degree or certificate.

Education

Employers typically require technicians to have at least a high school diploma. High school students interested in this occupation should complete courses in English, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics.

Some employers prefer to hire technicians who have earned an associate’s degree or certificate from a community college or vocational school. These programs typically take 2 years or less. They include courses in respiratory protection, hazard communication, and material-handling and storage procedures.

Postsecondary programs include instruction on standard laws and procedures; however, some on-the-job training usually is required to familiarize the technician with specific work environments.

Training

Technicians usually receive on-the-job training. They learn about specific laws and inspection procedures, and learn to conduct tests and recognize hazards. The length of training varies with the employee’s level of experience, education, and industry in which he or she works.

Some technicians enter the occupation through a combination of related work experience and training. They may take on health and safety tasks at the company where they are employed. For example, an employee may volunteer to complete annual workstation inspections for an office in which he or she already works.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is not required for someone to become an occupational health and safety technician; however, many employers encourage it.

To apply for certification, technicians must have earned a high school diploma, possess related on-the-job experience, and pass a standardized health and safety exam. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) offers the following certifications at the technician level:

The Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) Certification requires the applicant to have specific education or experience in construction safety. These technicians protect workers on construction sites from injury or illness.

The Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST) Certification is designed for workers who perform occupational health and safety tasks full or part time as part of their job duties.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Occupational health and safety technicians often work with computers and complex testing equipment.

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

Detail oriented. Occupational health and safety technicians must be able to understand and follow safety standards and complex government regulations.

Physical stamina. Occupational health and safety technicians must be able to stay on their feet for long periods and travel on a regular basis.

Problem-solving skills. Occupational health and safety technicians must be able to solve problems in order to assist specialists in protecting workers from hazardous work conditions.

Advancement

Occupational health and safety technicians can become occupational health and safety specialists by earning a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.

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Health And Safety Technician Career Paths

Health And Safety Technician
Safety Coordinator Operations Manager Assistant Director
Acting Director
8 Yearsyrs
Environmental Specialist Program Coordinator Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Coordinator Project Manager Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Safety Manager Health And Safety Manager
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Health & Safety Officer Health And Safety Coordinator Environmental Health Specialist
Environmental, Health, And Safety EHS Leader
10 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Specialist Safety Supervisor Operations Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Service Supervisor Field Supervisor
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Program Manager Clinical Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Coordinator Environmental Health Safety Manager Health And Safety Manager
Occupational Health And Safety Environment Director
13 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Specialist Safety Specialist Safety Supervisor
Plant Safety Leader
6 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Quality Control Inspector
Quality Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Safety Manager Facilities Manager Quality Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Engineer Safety Officer
Safety Advisor
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Site Manager Safety Coordinator
Safety And Training Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Engineer Security Officer
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Specialist Security Officer
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Trainer 3.6 years
Safety Officer 3.2 years
Safety Specialist 3.0 years
Safety Consultant 2.6 years
Safety Technician 2.4 years
Safety Assistant 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Health And Safety Technician
Internship 9.9%
Technician 5.6%
Manager 4.7%
Top Careers After Health And Safety Technician
Consultant 4.7%
Engineer 2.8%

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Health And Safety Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

68.2%

Female

29.9%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

German

10.0%

Carrier

10.0%

Tagalog

5.0%
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Health And Safety Technician Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

26.1%

University of Phoenix

8.7%

Eastern Kentucky University

7.8%

University of Washington

5.2%

University of Central Oklahoma

5.2%

West Virginia University

5.2%

University of Maryland - University College

4.3%

University of Findlay

4.3%

University of California - San Diego

3.5%

University of Central Missouri

3.5%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.6%

University of Connecticut

2.6%

Texas A&M University

2.6%

Western Carolina University

2.6%

Ohio University -

2.6%

Keene State College

2.6%

Oregon State University

2.6%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

2.6%

Murray State University

2.6%
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Majors

Business

14.8%

Public Health

14.1%

Occupational Safety And Health

12.5%

Environmental Science

11.1%

Management

9.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

9.1%

Nursing

3.4%

Biology

3.4%

Criminal Justice

2.7%

Industrial Technology

2.4%

Engineering Technology

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Homeland Security

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Fire Science And Protection

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

Medical Technician

1.7%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.3%

Masters

23.3%

Other

19.6%

Associate

10.7%

Certificate

5.9%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Occupational Health and Safety Technician Navillus Tile, Inc. New York, NY Sep 24, 2016 $48,001
Occupational Health & Safety Technician Navillus Tile, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $48,001
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians Kennesaw State University Kennesaw, GA May 26, 2011 $47,600
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians Kennesaw State University GA Mar 19, 2010 $46,000
Health and Safety Technician Nucor Steel Marion, Inc. Marion, OH Oct 01, 2010 $39,062
Health & Safety Technician Nucor Corporation (Nucor Steel Marion, Inc.) Marion, OH Oct 01, 2010 $39,062

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Top Skills for A Health And Safety Technician

  1. Safety
  2. Compliance
  3. Safety Procedures
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  • Conducted laboratory safety consultations and assisted in writing reports detailing the specific hazards of each laboratory.
  • Conducted comprehensive safety inspections of mine sites and operations to ensure compliance with Federal Regulations.
  • Assist in accident investigation, reporting and monitor their follow up in accordance with safety procedures.
  • Conducted management evaluation and technical review activities to determine compliance with OSHA regulations and other standards/guidelines.
  • Conduct and/or provide assistance with investigation of incidents and complaints concerning health, safety and environmental compliance.

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Top 10 Best States for Health And Safety Technicians

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