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Working As A Safety Assistant

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Safety Assistant 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 Assistant

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 Assistant Career Paths

Safety Assistant
Safety Coordinator Supervisor Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Supervisor Maintenance Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Supervisor Training Manager
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Administrator Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Warehouse Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Loss Prevention Officer Security Supervisor
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Safety Officer Safety Manager
HSE Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Investigator
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Manager Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Manager Compliance Manager
Compliance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Administrator Nurse Manager
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Accountant Senior Auditor
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Laboratory Technician Environmental Scientist
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Mail Clerk Environmental Services Supervisor
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Technician Safety Consultant
Loss Control Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Emergency Medical Technician Safety Supervisor Compliance Manager
Regulatory Compliance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Food Service Director
Food Safety Director
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Instructor 3.8 years
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 Person 2.8 years
Safety Advisor 2.7 years
Safety Technician 2.5 years
Safety Analyst 2.5 years
Safety Assistant 2.0 years
Safety Attendant 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Safety Assistant
Cashier 10.9%
Internship 8.2%
Volunteer 4.2%
Assistant 3.4%
Secretary 3.3%
Supervisor 2.5%
Manager 2.5%
Server 2.4%
Teacher 2.1%
Top Careers After Safety Assistant
Internship 7.5%
Cashier 5.9%
Associate 3.6%
Volunteer 3.3%
Assistant 3.2%
Driver 2.7%
Manager 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$69,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$69,000
Median 50%
$114,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Colgate-Palmolive
Highest Paying City
Antioch, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Safety Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Safety Assistant in the United States is $69,144 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $114,000.

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Top Skills for A Safety Assistant

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Osha
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Developed instructional programs and safety procedures for locations with historically poor safety records.
  • Conduct audits to inspect container labeling to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations for hazard communication.
  • Maintained Company and OSHA required policy and program notifications.
  • Assisted with recruiting/Safety orientation of new drivers.
  • Assisted the Residential Assistants in emergency situations

Safety Assistant Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 3,108 Safety Assistant resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Safety Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

52.7%

Male

38.1%

Unknown

9.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

8.0%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5%

French

7.8%

Portuguese

3.9%

Mandarin

3.1%

Russian

3.1%

Carrier

3.1%

Hindi

2.3%

Chinese

2.3%

Vietnamese

1.6%

German

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Gujarati

0.8%

Lithuanian

0.8%

Dari

0.8%

Armenian

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Navajo

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Italian

0.8%
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Safety Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.5%

Columbia Southern University

10.4%

Rowan University

7.9%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

5.7%

California State University - Fresno

5.0%

College of Southern Nevada

5.0%

Missouri State University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

Liberty University

4.6%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

3.9%

Western Washington University

3.9%

Ozarks Technical Community College

3.6%

Pennsylvania State University

3.2%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.2%

Northeastern University

3.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.9%

University of Central Oklahoma

2.9%

Strayer University

2.9%

Rockland Community College

2.5%

Murray State University

2.5%
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Majors

Business

19.4%

Criminal Justice

11.6%

Nursing

9.4%

Psychology

6.0%

Management

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.7%

Public Health

4.7%

Medical Assisting Services

4.6%

Occupational Safety And Health

4.3%

Accounting

4.2%

General Studies

4.0%

Biology

3.8%

Environmental Science

3.3%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Chemistry

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Education

2.0%

Computer Science

1.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Medical Technician

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.0%

Other

26.4%

Associate

14.5%

Masters

12.1%

Certificate

5.1%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.5%
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