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Working As A Plant Safety Leader

  • 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 Plant Safety Leader 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 Plant Safety Leader

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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Plant Safety Leader Career Paths

Plant Safety Leader
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager Senior Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager Director
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager
HSE Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Manager Production Manager
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Store Manager Area Manager
Area Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Maintenance Manager Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Project Safety Manager Construction Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Project Safety Manager Health And Safety Manager
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Safety Manager Construction Manager Quality Control Manager
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Service Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Warehouse Manager Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Front Desk Manager Housekeeping Manager
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
General Manager Territory Sales Manager Unit Manager
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Food Service Director
Food Safety Director
8 Yearsyrs
General Manager Property Manager Compliance Manager
Regulatory Compliance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Account Manager Corporate Account Manager
Corporate Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Department Supervisor Area Supervisor
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Human Resources Manager Talent Acquisition Manager
Global Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Manager 3.8 years
Safety Trainer 3.6 years
Safety Engineer 3.3 years
Safety Officer 3.3 years
Safety Coordinator 3.2 years
Safety Supervisor 3.2 years
Safety Specialist 3.1 years
Safety Advisor 2.7 years
Safety Consultant 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Plant Safety Leader
Supervisor 6.2%
Internship 5.2%
Cashier 5.0%
Foreman 4.1%
Top Careers After Plant Safety Leader
Supervisor 4.2%
Owner 3.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$91,000
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$61,000
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%
$135,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Facebook
Highest Paying City
San Bruno, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Plant Safety Leader make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Plant Safety Leader in the United States is $91,138 per year or $44 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $135,000.

Real Plant Safety Leader Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Safety Science Leader Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jul 08, 2016 $239,658 -
$353,000
Drug Safety Signal Lead (Regulatory Affairs Specialist) Indivior, Inc. Richmond, VA Jan 01, 2016 $85,000
Safety Governance Leader Genzyme Corporation Waltham, MA Jul 20, 2015 $81,500 -
$96,500
Plant PSI Leader, BT&S Johnson Controls, Inc. Pharr, TX Oct 01, 2012 $74,100 -
$111,100

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Top Skills for A Plant Safety Leader

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Safety Audits
  3. Safety Meetings
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct safety inspections and investigate violations to ensure safety procedures are being followed and counsel managers and employees accordingly.
  • Conduct safety audits, safety inspections, and day-to-day safety operations.
  • Participated in safety meetings and performed housekeeping and safety audits on assigned production areas.
  • Authored OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Health and Safety programs and training material for three food-manufacturing facilities and a one million sq.
  • Improved facility safety performance year-over-year by engaging and enrolling employee workforce in behavioral based safety and housekeeping programs.

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Top 10 Best States for Plant Safety Leaders

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  3. Connecticut
  4. Massachusetts
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Rhode Island
  7. New Jersey
  8. West Virginia
  9. California
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Plant Safety Leader Demographics

Gender

Male

67.9%

Female

21.4%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

18.4%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

59.1%

Marathi

9.1%

Hindi

9.1%

Sanskrit

9.1%

German

4.5%

French

4.5%

Korean

4.5%
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Plant Safety Leader Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

16.0%

University of Phoenix

16.0%

Lamar University

4.8%

Texas A&M University

4.8%

Brazosport College

4.8%

Oklahoma State University

4.8%

University of Florida

4.0%

Southeastern Louisiana University

4.0%

University of Houston

4.0%

Lee College

4.0%

Liberty University

4.0%

McNeese State University

3.2%

University of Akron

3.2%

Bakersfield College

3.2%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.2%

Oregon State University

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.2%

Iowa State University

3.2%

Pikes Peak Community College

3.2%

College of the Mainland

3.2%
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Majors

Business

29.0%

Occupational Safety And Health

6.8%

Management

5.3%

Public Health

4.8%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Psychology

4.1%

Mechanical Engineering

4.1%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

General Studies

3.9%

Nursing

3.9%

Education

3.9%

Industrial Technology

3.6%

Chemical Engineering

3.6%

Environmental Science

3.4%

Finance

3.1%

Communication

2.9%

Accounting

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.2%

Fire Science And Protection

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.2%

Other

31.6%

Associate

13.2%

Masters

13.0%

Certificate

4.8%

Doctorate

3.1%

License

0.5%

Diploma

0.5%
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