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Working As A Safety Assistant

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Interacting With Computers
  • $54,734

    Average Salary

What Does A Safety Assistant Do

Occupational health and safety technicians collect data on the health and safety conditions of the workplace. Technicians work with occupational health and safety specialists in conducting tests and measuring hazards to help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public.

Duties

Occupational health and safety technicians typically do the following:

  • Inspect, test, and evaluate workplace environments, equipment, and practices to ensure that they follow safety standards and government regulations
  • Collect samples of potentially toxic materials
  • Work with occupational health and safety specialists to fix hazardous conditions or equipment
  • Evaluate programs on workplace health and safety
  • Educate employers and workers about workplace safety
  • Demonstrate the correct use of safety equipment
  • Investigate incidents and accidents to identify what caused them and how they might be prevented

Technicians conduct tests and collect samples and measurements as part of workplace inspections. For example, they may collect and handle samples of dust, mold, gases, vapors, or other hazardous materials. They conduct both routine and special inspections that an occupational health and safety specialist orders.

Technicians inspect workplace environments and practices. They may examine machinery and equipment, such as scaffolding and lifting devices, to be sure that they meet appropriate safety regulations. Technicians may check to make sure that workers are using required protective gear, such as masks and hardhats. Technicians also check to ensure that hazardous materials are stored correctly.

In addition to working to maintain employee health and safety, technicians work with specialists to increase worker productivity by reducing absences and equipment downtime. These actions save companies money by lowering insurance premiums and workers’ compensation payments, preventing government fines, and improving productivity and product quality.

Although all occupational health and safety technicians work to maintain the health of workers and the environment, their responsibilities vary by the type of industry and workplace they work in and the hazards that might affect the employees. For example, a technician may test the levels of dangerous gases at a waste-processing plant or may inspect the lighting and ventilation in an office setting. Both of these inspections are focused on maintaining the health of the workers and the environment.

The following are examples of types of occupational health and safety technicians:

Health physics technicians work in places that use radiation and radioactive material. Their goal is to protect people and the environment from hazardous radiation exposure.

Industrial or occupational hygiene technicians examine the workplace for health hazards, such as exposure to lead, asbestos, pesticides, or contagious diseases.

Mine examiners inspect mines for proper airflow and potential health hazards, such as the buildup of methane or other harmful gases.

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How To Become A Safety Assistant

Occupational health and safety technicians typically enter the occupation through one of two paths. Some technicians learn through on-the-job training; others enter with postsecondary education, such as an associate’s degree or certificate.

Education

Employers typically require technicians to have at least a high school diploma. High school students interested in this occupation should complete courses in English, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics.

Some employers prefer to hire technicians who have earned an associate’s degree or certificate from a community college or vocational school. These programs typically take 2 years or less. They include courses in respiratory protection, hazard communication, and material-handling and storage procedures.

Postsecondary programs include instruction on standard laws and procedures; however, some on-the-job training usually is required to familiarize the technician with specific work environments.

Training

Technicians usually receive on-the-job training. They learn about specific laws and inspection procedures, and learn to conduct tests and recognize hazards. The length of training varies with the employee’s level of experience, education, and industry in which he or she works.

Some technicians enter the occupation through a combination of related work experience and training. They may take on health and safety tasks at the company where they are employed. For example, an employee may volunteer to complete annual workstation inspections for an office in which he or she already works.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification is not required for someone to become an occupational health and safety technician; however, many employers encourage it.

To apply for certification, technicians must have earned a high school diploma, possess related on-the-job experience, and pass a standardized health and safety exam. The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) offers the following certifications at the technician level:

The Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST) Certification requires the applicant to have specific education or experience in construction safety. These technicians protect workers on construction sites from injury or illness.

The Occupational Health and Safety Technologist (OHST) Certification is designed for workers who perform occupational health and safety tasks full or part time as part of their job duties.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Occupational health and safety technicians often work with computers and complex testing equipment.

Communication skills. Occupational health and safety technicians must be able to work with specialists to collect and test samples of possible hazards, such as dust or vapors, in the workplace.

Detail oriented. Occupational health and safety technicians must be able to understand and follow safety standards and complex government regulations.

Physical stamina. Occupational health and safety technicians must be able to stay on their feet for long periods and travel on a regular basis.

Problem-solving skills. Occupational health and safety technicians must be able to solve problems in order to assist specialists in protecting workers from hazardous work conditions.

Advancement

Occupational health and safety technicians can become occupational health and safety specialists by earning a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree.

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Safety Assistant Career Paths

Safety Assistant
Safety Engineer Human Resources Manager Compensation Director
Benefit Director
11 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Instructor Chairperson
Commissioner
6 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Manager
Compliance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Safety Manager Human Resources Manager
Corporate Director
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Operations Manager Assistant Director
Director Of Training
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager Operations Director
Director/Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Nurse Manager
Emergency Services Director
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Engineer Environmental Engineer
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Loss Prevention Officer Security Supervisor
Fire Safety Director
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Technician Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Director Director Of Facilities Nursing Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager General Manager Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Engineer Safety Officer Safety Coordinator
Safety And Training Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Dispatcher Police Officer
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Trainer 3.6 years
Safety Engineer 3.4 years
Safety Officer 3.2 years
Safety Coordinator 3.1 years
Safety Specialist 3.0 years
Safety Inspector 2.7 years
Safety Consultant 2.6 years
Safety Advisor 2.6 years
Safety Person 2.4 years
Safety Technician 2.4 years
Safety Assistant 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 8.7%
Cashier 7.8%
Volunteer 4.6%
Teller 3.8%
Assistant 3.1%
Secretary 2.9%
Manager 2.7%
Teacher 2.7%
Top Employers After
Internship 7.4%
Cashier 4.2%
Volunteer 3.3%
Assistant 3.3%
Manager 3.1%

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Safety Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

59.0%

Male

38.6%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

17.8%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

8.2%

Unknown

3.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.4%

French

7.7%

Portuguese

5.5%

Russian

4.4%

Chinese

3.3%

Hindi

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Carrier

2.2%

Navajo

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

German

1.1%

Lithuanian

1.1%

Dari

1.1%

Persian

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Armenian

1.1%
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Safety Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.0%

Columbia Southern University

8.7%

Rowan University

7.5%

Missouri State University

5.6%

Eastern Kentucky University

5.0%

Liberty University

5.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.3%

Ozarks Technical Community College

4.3%

University of Houston

4.3%

College of Southern Nevada

4.3%

Grand Canyon University

4.3%

University of Southern Maine

3.7%

Milwaukee Area Technical College

3.7%

Ashford University

3.7%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.7%

California State University - Northridge

3.7%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.7%

State University of New York Stony Brook

3.7%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

3.7%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.7%
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Majors

Business

19.0%

Criminal Justice

10.4%

Nursing

7.3%

Psychology

7.2%

Public Health

5.9%

Management

5.0%

Environmental Science

4.7%

Medical Assisting Services

4.3%

Occupational Safety And Health

4.3%

Biology

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Accounting

3.7%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

General Studies

3.3%

Chemistry

2.7%

Computer Science

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.9%

Other

26.7%

Associate

12.4%

Masters

12.4%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

2.0%

Doctorate

1.5%

License

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Safety Assistant

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  1. Safety
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Consolidated and upgraded departmental safety processes in liaison with the senior management and trained concerned staff for the finalized process models.
  • Trained departments on safety procedures and protocol * Initiated employee recognition program
  • Conduct audits to inspect container labeling to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations for hazard communication.
  • Ensured telecommunication technicians utilized safety equipment according to OSHA Guidelines.
  • Log book auditing to include daily processing of driver logs.

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