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Working As A Health And Safety Technician

  • 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 Technician 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 Technician

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 Technician Career Paths

Health And Safety Technician
Safety Coordinator Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Engineer Environmental Engineer
Environmental Compliance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Environmental Specialist Security Officer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Safety Engineer Safety Manager
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager General Manager Security Officer
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Environmental Specialist Home Health Aid Environmental Services Supervisor
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental Safety Specialist Safety Manager Human Resources Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Supervisor
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Safety Manager Security Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Manager
Project Safety Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Coordinator Safety Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Project Manager Engineering Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Manager Safety Director Risk Manager
Risk Management Director
7 Yearsyrs
Environmental Safety Specialist Environmental Health Safety Manager Safety Director
Risk Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Manager Environmental Manager Safety Manager
Safety And Training Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Coordinator Safety Supervisor Operations Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Safety Manager Health And Safety Manager Safety Director
Terminal Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Terminal Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Trainer 3.7 years
Safety Officer 3.4 years
EHS Specialist 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 Consultant 2.6 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 12.8%
Technician 3.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.3%
Manager 3.0%

Health And Safety Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

66.4%

Female

31.9%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

77.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

German

8.3%

Carrier

8.3%

Tagalog

4.2%

French

4.2%
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Health And Safety Technician Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

24.2%

University of Phoenix

10.0%

Eastern Kentucky University

8.3%

West Virginia University

5.8%

University of Central Oklahoma

5.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

University of Washington

4.2%

University of Findlay

4.2%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.2%

Keene State College

3.3%

University of California - San Diego

3.3%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.3%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.5%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.5%

Western Carolina University

2.5%

Ohio University -

2.5%

Oregon State University

2.5%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

2.5%

University of Central Missouri

2.5%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

2.5%
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Majors

Business

15.4%

Public Health

13.1%

Environmental Science

10.9%

Occupational Safety And Health

10.3%

Management

9.1%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

8.6%

Nursing

4.6%

Biology

3.4%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Medical Technician

2.6%

Engineering Technology

2.3%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

English

2.0%

Communication

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Homeland Security

2.0%

Fire Science And Protection

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.7%

Industrial Engineering

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.4%

Masters

23.7%

Other

20.9%

Associate

9.7%

Certificate

5.3%

Diploma

1.3%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Real Health And Safety Technician Salaries

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

EnsureComplianceOshaSafetyProceduresEmergencyFacilityHazardousWasteEnvironmentalHealthSafetyProgramsSafetyTrainingHygieneEHSRegulatoryComplianceHazardousMaterialsTierIncidentInvestigationsCorrectiveActionsSafetyAuditsSafetyMeetingsHSEEPASiteSafety

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Top Health And Safety Technician Skills

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Osha
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided support to facilities to ensure compliance with federal, state, and corporate requirements.
  • Safeguarded machinery, equipment and working conditions in compliance with OSHA regulations.
  • Review Operation and Maintenance procedures (Safety Procedures and processes).
  • Participated as a member of the company Hazardous Materials emergency operations team.
  • Sampled well water on an as needed basis (after hard rains) and forwarded samples to proper testing facility.

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