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Working As A Safety Advisor

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Safety Advisor 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 Safety Advisor

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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Safety Advisor Career Paths

Safety Advisor
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Owner Project Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Owner Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Supervisor Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Safety Supervisor
HSE Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Superintendent Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Project Manager Quality Manager
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Quality Assurance Manager Compliance Manager
Risk Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Owner/Operator Food Service Director
Food Safety Director
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Team Leader Executive Team Leader
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Consultant Lead Technician Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Associate Senior Auditor
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Executive Team Leader Loss Prevention Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
HSE Manager Health And Safety Manager
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Property Manager Compliance Manager
Regulatory Compliance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Food And Beverage Manager Housekeeping Manager
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Superintendent Account Manager Corporate Account Manager
Corporate Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Health & Safety Officer Industrial Hygienist Safety Engineer
Loss Control Consultant
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 Inspector 3.0 years
Safety Advisor 3.0 years
Safety Consultant 2.6 years
Safety Technician 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Safety Advisor
Supervisor 4.1%
Top Careers After Safety Advisor
Consultant 3.7%
Supervisor 3.6%
Manager 3.1%

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Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$61,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$129,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
McDermott International
Highest Paying City
San Diego, CA
Highest Paying State
New Hampshire
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Safety Advisor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Safety Advisor in the United States is $89,343 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $61,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $129,000.

Real Safety Advisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Project Safety Advisor Brunel Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 19, 2012 $232,800
Aviation Safety Advisor Anadarko Petroleum Corporation The Woodlands, TX Jul 30, 2016 $175,000
Aviation Safety Advisor Anadarko Petroleum Corporation The Woodlands, TX May 26, 2016 $175,000
Aviation Safety Advisor Anadarko Petroleum Corporation The Woodlands, TX Apr 04, 2016 $175,000
Senior Aviation Safety Advisor Anadarko Petroleum Corporation The Woodlands, TX Aug 25, 2015 $165,000 -
$175,000
Senior Aviation Safety Advisor Anadarko Petroleum Corporation The Woodlands, TX May 26, 2014 $165,000 -
$175,000
Senior Safety Advisor Exxonmobil Development Company Spring, TX Oct 15, 2016 $134,430 -
$211,634
Environment Health & Safety Advisor Hess Corporation Houston, TX Jul 01, 2011 $130,000
Environment Health & Safety Advisor Hess Corporation Houston, TX Sep 15, 2010 $130,000
Health, Safety and Environment Advisor Talisman Energy USA Inc. The Woodlands, TX Sep 11, 2015 $87,714 -
$160,000
Environmental, Health & Safety Advisor United States Compliance Corporation Wheaton, IL Feb 09, 2016 $57,500

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Top Skills for A Safety Advisor

  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Osha
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Work to ensure compliance with government laws and regulations in coordination with organizational policies.
  • Monitored the environmental activities, safety procedures and health concerns of a land-based seismic exploration crew in Venezuela.
  • Insured sites met the standards of military and OSHA policies to avoid incidents for coworkers and future homeowners.
  • Support management and HSE team with developing and delivering internal/external training.
  • Conduct daily safety meetings and JSA evaluations

Safety Advisor Demographics

Gender

Male

78.0%

Female

15.3%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Hispanic or Latino

18.6%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.0%

French

9.8%

Arabic

5.9%

Portuguese

3.9%

Cantonese

3.9%

Dakota

3.9%

Russian

3.9%

Swahili

2.0%

Kurdish

2.0%

Filipino

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Vietnamese

2.0%

Catalan

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

Lingala

2.0%

Thai

2.0%
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Safety Advisor Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

31.6%

University of Phoenix

7.1%

The Academy

5.6%

Indiana State University

5.1%

Del Mar College

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4.6%

Texas A&M University

4.1%

University of South Florida

3.6%

Tulane University

3.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.1%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.1%

University of Alabama

2.6%

Texas Tech University

2.6%

California State University - Bakersfield

2.6%

University of Southern Mississippi

2.6%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.6%

San Jacinto College District

2.6%

Indiana University Bloomington

2.6%

Murray State University

2.0%
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Majors

Occupational Safety And Health

21.2%

Business

15.1%

Public Health

9.7%

Management

9.5%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Environmental Science

4.9%

Health Care Administration

4.4%

General Studies

3.9%

Fire Science And Protection

3.1%

Medical Technician

2.7%

Communication

2.4%

Education

2.2%

Psychology

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Law

2.2%

Nursing

2.0%

Biology

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.7%

Finance

1.7%

Industrial Technology

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.7%

Other

29.5%

Masters

16.9%

Associate

13.0%

Certificate

5.2%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.3%
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