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Working As A Safety Consultant

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • $70,210

    Average Salary

What Does A Safety Consultant 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 Consultant

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 Consultant Career Paths

Safety Consultant
Human Resources Manager Assistant Vice President Compliance Officer
Compliance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Manager Environmental Manager Operations Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Engineer Environmental Engineer
Environmental Compliance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Safety Manager Health And Safety Manager
Environmental Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Coordinator Environmental Specialist Environmental Scientist
Environmental Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Engineer Security Officer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Director Environmental Manager Safety Manager
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Home Health Aid Laboratory Assistant
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Coordinator Environmental Health Safety Manager Security Manager
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Manager Home Health Aid Environmental Services Supervisor
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager Program Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Safety Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager
Project Safety Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Property Manager Compliance Specialist
Regulatory Compliance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Director Risk Manager
Risk Management Director
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Engineer Safety Manager
Safety And Training Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Environmental Health Safety Manager Security Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Engineer Safety Supervisor Operations Manager
Terminal Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Safety Manager Quality Control Manager Warehouse Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Director 4.1 years
Safety Manager 3.8 years
Safety Trainer 3.6 years
Safety Engineer 3.4 years
Safety Officer 3.2 years
Safety Supervisor 3.1 years
Safety Coordinator 3.1 years
Safety Specialist 3.0 years
Safety Consultant 3.0 years
Safety Advisor 2.6 years
Safety Technician 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 3.9%
Consultant 3.0%
Supervisor 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.9%
Manager 2.6%

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Safety Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

79.6%

Female

18.6%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

79.7%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.2%

Dakota

4.8%

Carrier

3.8%

Russian

2.9%

French

1.9%

Italian

1.9%

German

1.9%

Turkish

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Mandarin

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Bengali

1.0%

Kurdish

1.0%

Greek

1.0%

Xiang

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%

Japanese

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%
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Safety Consultant Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

19.7%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

8.3%

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

7.2%

Murray State University

6.4%

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

5.7%

Eastern Kentucky University

5.5%

University of Central Missouri

5.3%

West Virginia University

4.4%

Indiana State University

4.4%

Marshall University

4.2%

University of Phoenix

3.9%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.7%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.5%

Texas A&M University

3.5%

University of Southern Mississippi

2.6%

Oklahoma State University

2.6%

Northeastern State University

2.4%

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

2.2%

University of South Florida

2.2%

The Academy

2.2%
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Majors

Occupational Safety And Health

17.2%

Business

15.4%

Public Health

9.9%

Management

9.1%

Environmental Science

5.1%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.5%

Fire Science And Protection

3.9%

Education

3.4%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Biology

3.2%

General Studies

2.6%

Nursing

2.5%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.5%

Health Care Administration

2.4%

Chemical Engineering

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Communication

2.0%

Psychology

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.5%

Other

25.0%

Masters

20.8%

Associate

8.8%

Certificate

5.4%

Doctorate

2.5%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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Real Safety Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal Process Safety Consultant Siemens Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 12, 2014 $107,000
Technical Process Safety Consultant WS Atkins, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2014 $95,000
Technical Process Safety Consultant WS Atkins, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 09, 2014 $95,000
Process Safety Consultant 2 Siemens Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 26, 2013 $88,000
Technical Process Safety Consultant (Consultant II WS Atkins, Inc. Houston, TX May 20, 2011 $85,197
Technical Process Safety Consultant WS Atkins, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 20, 2012 $84,500
Behavioral Safety Consultant Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc. Lake Forest, IL Aug 05, 2013 $82,374 -
$260,875
Technical Process Safety Consultant WS Atkins, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 15, 2014 $81,100 -
$95,000
Process Safety Consultant Siemens Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2012 $80,000
Senior Process Safety Consultant Belcan Services Group, LP Houston, TX Sep 14, 2013 $75,000
Risk & Safety Consultant (Health & Safety Engineer Erm-West, Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Sep 10, 2014 $75,000
Technical Process Safety Consultant WS Atkins, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 29, 2013 $74,630 -
$95,000
Process Safety Consultant Siemens Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 27, 2011 $74,048 -
$88,751
Oracle Argus Safety Consultant Infomerica, Inc. Cary, NC Nov 09, 2016 $71,094
Process Safety Consultant Siemens Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 17, 2011 $70,866 -
$72,141
Assistant Technical Process Safety Consultant WS Atkins, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 20, 2010 $68,250
Assistant Technical Process Safety Consultant WS Atkins, Inc. Houston, TX Dec 14, 2009 $68,120 -
$75,000
Occupational Health and Safety Consultant Eagle Systems International San Diego, CA Oct 09, 2016 $62,652
Environmental Health & Safety Consultant Erm Information Solutions, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 16, 2012 $62,000

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Top Skills for A Safety Consultant

EnsureComplianceOshaSafetyProceduresContractorsWeeklySafetyMeetingsEmergencyResponseJobSafetyAnalysisSiteSafetyCorrectiveActionsInjuryIncidentInvestigationsSafetyAuditsHygieneLossEHSRiskAssessmentSafetyInspectionsH2SHSESpaceEntry

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  1. Ensure Compliance
  2. Osha
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Led environmental compliance for the complex and redesigned the inspection program to ensure compliance.
  • Conduct OSHA training, toolbox safety meetings and site surveys, while communicating the findings to management.
  • Design and implement environmental health and safety procedures for field operations.
  • Interfaced with NNSA, DOE, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and multiple contractors and sub-contractors on a regular basis.
  • Planed and facilitated weekly safety meetings.

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