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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
  • $91,000

    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
Environmental Health Specialist Safety Specialist Safety Manager
HSE Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Specialist Safety Specialist
Senior Safety Specialist
11 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Specialist Safety Specialist Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Supervisor Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Supervisor Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Manager Owner
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Coordinator Safety Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Coordinator Safety Supervisor Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Coordinator Safety Manager
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Health & Safety Officer Superintendent Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Health & Safety Officer Safety Consultant
Loss Control Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Health & Safety Officer Safety Supervisor Field Supervisor
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Supervisor Unit Manager
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Owner/Operator Food Service Director
Food Safety Director
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Environmental Health Safety Manager Health And Safety Manager
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Quality Control Manager Compliance Manager
Regulatory Compliance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Health And Safety Manager Environmental Manager
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Environmental Health Safety Manager Compliance Manager
Corporate Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Engineer Human Resources Manager Talent Acquisition Manager
Global Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Trainer 3.6 years
Safety Engineer 3.3 years
Safety Officer 3.3 years
Safety Coordinator 3.2 years
Safety Specialist 3.1 years
Safety Inspector 3.0 years
Safety Advisor 2.7 years
Safety Consultant 2.6 years
Safety Technician 2.5 years
Safety Assistant 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Health And Safety Technician
Internship 10.3%
Technician 5.7%
Manager 3.7%
Supervisor 3.2%
Top Careers After Health And Safety Technician
Consultant 3.4%
Technician 2.8%
Engineer 2.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$91,000
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$62,000
Min 10%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$91,000
Median 50%
$134,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Acadia Healthcare
Highest Paying City
Livermore, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Health And Safety Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Health And Safety Technician in the United States is $92,003 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $62,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $134,000.

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 & Safety Technician Nucor Corporation (Nucor Steel Marion, Inc.) Marion, OH Oct 01, 2010 $39,062
Health and Safety Technician 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 Procedures
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Safety Audits
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led effort to review and revise mill's safety procedures/policies and transfer to electronic format for use by employees.
  • Scheduled employee environmental and safety training and tracked internal safety requirements to ensure compliance with company policy.
  • Traveled extensively to other off-site plants to conduct safety audits and make recommendations.
  • Managed and implemented Process Safety Management programs and documents to ensure compliance with OSHA regulations and promotion of company core values.
  • Participated as a member of the company Hazardous Materials emergency operations team.

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Top 10 Best States for Health And Safety Technicians

  1. South Dakota
  2. Wyoming
  3. South Carolina
  4. Georgia
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Colorado
  7. Alaska
  8. Massachusetts
  9. District of Columbia
  10. North Dakota
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Health And Safety Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

64.0%

Female

26.8%

Unknown

9.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

17.9%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

75.0%

German

6.3%

Carrier

6.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

French

3.1%

Tagalog

3.1%

Cantonese

3.1%
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Health And Safety Technician Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

28.2%

Eastern Kentucky University

8.6%

University of Phoenix

8.0%

West Virginia University

4.3%

Keene State College

4.3%

University of Washington

4.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.7%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.7%

University of Findlay

3.7%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

3.1%

University of Central Missouri

3.1%

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

3.1%

University of California - San Diego

3.1%

Murray State University

2.5%

San Jose State University

2.5%

Arizona State University

2.5%

George Mason University

2.5%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.5%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

2.5%
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Majors

Business

14.6%

Public Health

14.2%

Occupational Safety And Health

12.6%

Environmental Science

11.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

8.0%

Management

7.5%

Biology

4.0%

Nursing

3.5%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Fire Science And Protection

2.7%

Human Services

2.2%

Medical Technician

2.0%

Engineering Technology

1.8%

Industrial Technology

1.8%

Industrial Engineering

1.8%

Health Care Administration

1.8%

Environmental Engineering

1.8%

Geology

1.6%

Health Sciences And Services

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.4%

Masters

20.1%

Other

19.3%

Associate

12.9%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

0.4%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.1%
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