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Become A Program Safety Manager

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Working As A Program Safety Manager

  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $95,050

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Program Safety Manager does

  • Participate in contractor incident investigations and provide guidance on causal analysis and corrective actions.
  • Developed, implemented & managed the Airport's enterprise-wide Safety Management System (SMS).
  • Oversee the implementation of contractor safety programs.
  • Supported and encouraged a safe working environment by conducting counseling sessions for unacceptable behavior, performance, or policy violations.
  • Manage Emergency Response and Spill teams.
  • Prequalified subcontractors and flagged those who would require additional safety requirements if awarded a contract.
  • Performed all incident reviews, reporting, investigation, and corrective action development.
  • Conducted OSHA 10 and 30 classes for Hoffman.
  • Provide OSHA 10/30 Hour classes to Project Management Team.
  • Verify contractor compliance with established Infection Control and Risk Management (ICRA) and Interim Life Safety Measures (ILSM).
  • Trained Contractors, Facilities, Environmental Services, and EHS staff on codes and regulations annually.
  • Answered upwards of 100 calls per hour
  • Provide Safety & Health, and fire protection consultation for GSFC directorates.
  • Monitor project expenses & costs structures to ensure compliance within budget.
  • Conduct Personal Protective Equipment inventories, Local Site Request (LSR) submissions and PPE product research.
  • Attend all Safety Huddles, Safety Meetings and RSA/Production Meetings.
  • Conduct HSE and PSM training at all levels of the organization.

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How To Become A Program Safety Manager

Health and safety engineers must have a bachelor’s degree, typically in an engineering discipline such as electrical, chemical, mechanical, industrial, or systems engineering. Another acceptable field of study is occupational or industrial hygiene. Employers value practical experience, so cooperative-education engineering programs at universities are valuable as well.


High school students interested in becoming health and safety engineers will benefit from taking high school courses in math and science, such as algebra, trigonometry, calculus, biology, chemistry, and physics.

Entry-level jobs as a health and safety engineer require a bachelor’s degree. Bachelor’s degree programs typically are 4-year programs and include classroom, laboratory, and field studies in applied engineering. Students interested in becoming a health and safety engineer should seek out coursework in occupational safety and health, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, or environmental safety. In addition, programs in mechanical, electrical, and industrial engineering, programs in systems engineering and fire protection engineering constitute good preparation for this occupation. ABET accredits programs in engineering.

Students interested in entering the relatively new field of software safety engineering may pursue a degree in computer science.

Many colleges and universities offer cooperative-education programs, which allow students to gain practical experience while completing their education.

A few colleges and universities offer 5-year accelerated programs through which students graduate with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. A master’s degree allows engineers to enter the occupation at a higher level, where they can develop and implement safety systems.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Health and safety engineers produce designs showing potential problems and remedies for them. They must be creative to deal with situations unique to a project.

Critical-thinking skills. Health and safety engineers must be able to identify hazards to humans and property in the workplace or in the home before they cause material damage or become a health threat.

Observational skills. Health and safety engineers must observe and learn how operations function so that they can identify risks to people and property. This requires the ability to think in terms of overall processes within an organization. Health and safety engineers can then recommend systemic changes to minimize risks.

Problem-solving skills. In designing solutions for entire organizational operations, health and safety engineers must take into account processes from more than one system at the same time. In addition, they must try to anticipate a range of human reactions to the changes they recommend.

Reading skills. Health and safety engineers must be able to interpret federal and state regulations and their intent so that they can propose proper designs for specific work environments.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a health and safety engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Only a few states require health and safety engineers to be licensed. Licensure is generally advised for those opting for a career in systems safety engineering. States requiring licensure usually require continuing education for engineers in order to keep their license. Most states recognize licensure from other states, if the licensing state’s requirements meet or exceed their own licensure requirements.

Health and safety engineers typically have professional certification. Certifications include the following:

  • The Board of Certified Safety Professionals offers the Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certification, the Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST), and a new certification called the Associate Safety Professional (ASP)
  • The American Board of Industrial Hygiene awards a certification known as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
  • The American Society of Safety Engineers offers a Certificate in Safety Management (CSM)
  • The International Council on Systems Engineering offers a program leading to a designation as a Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP)

Certification is generally needed to advance into management positions.


New health and safety engineers usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers. To move to more difficult projects with greater independence, a graduate degree is generally required, such as a master’s degree in engineering or a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.

An advanced degree allows an engineer to develop and implement safety programs. Certification as a safety professional or as an industrial hygienist is generally required for entry into management positions. For more information, see the profile on architectural and engineering managers.

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  • White

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Hungarian

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Tagalog

  • Cantonese

  • Mandarin

  • Croatian

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Top Program Safety Manager Skills

  1. Contractor Safety Program
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Osha
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed plant Contractor Safety Program as it related to facility projects.
  • Monitor project expenses & costs structures to ensure compliance within budget.
  • Conducted OSHA 10 and 30 classes for Hoffman.
  • Attend all Safety Huddles, Safety Meetings and RSA/Production Meetings.
  • Improved emergency response plan and procedures after identifying multiple deficiencies.

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