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Working As A Safety Coordinator

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • $66,318

    Average Salary

What Does A Safety Coordinator 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 Coordinator

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 Coordinator Career Paths

Safety Coordinator
Human Resources Manager Property Manager Area Manager
Area Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Manager Auditor Audit Manager
Assurance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Compensation Consultant
Compensation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Operations Director Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Engineer Environmental Engineer
Environmental Compliance Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Engineer Environmental Engineer
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Operations Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Auditor Security Officer Security Supervisor
Fire Safety Director
6 Yearsyrs
Plant Manager Regional General Manager Food Service Director
Food Safety Director
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Forklift Operator Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Bookkeeper Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Field Coordinator Field Representative Loss Control Representative
Loss Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager General Manager Security Officer
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Auditor Home Health Aid Environmental Services Supervisor
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Safety Manager
Program Safety Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Supervisor
Safety And Training Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Security Officer
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Operations Manager
Terminal Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Manager 3.8 years
Safety Trainer 3.6 years
Safety Engineer 3.4 years
Safety Officer 3.2 years
EHS Coordinator 3.1 years
Safety Supervisor 3.1 years
Safety Coordinator 3.0 years
Safety Specialist 3.0 years
Safety Inspector 2.7 years
Safety Advisor 2.6 years
Safety Consultant 2.6 years
Safety Technician 2.4 years
Safety Assistant 2.2 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 6.8%
Supervisor 4.9%
Manager 3.9%
Technician 2.9%
Foreman 2.8%
Top Employers After
Supervisor 3.0%
Manager 2.9%
Consultant 2.6%

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Safety Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

70.5%

Female

27.7%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

18.1%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.2%

Carrier

4.5%

French

4.1%

German

3.7%

Japanese

2.5%

Italian

1.6%

Russian

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Dutch

0.8%

Mandarin

0.8%

Korean

0.8%

Portuguese

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Sami

0.4%

Turkish

0.4%

Hindi

0.4%

Bulgarian

0.4%

Hawaiian

0.4%

Uzbek

0.4%

Occidental

0.4%
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Safety Coordinator Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

23.2%

University of Phoenix

10.3%

Eastern Kentucky University

7.2%

Murray State University

4.9%

University of Central Oklahoma

4.7%

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

4.5%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4.5%

West Virginia University

4.5%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.0%

University of Central Missouri

3.8%

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

3.4%

Marshall University

2.9%

Northeastern State University

2.9%

Texas State Technical College - Waco

2.8%

Ashford University

2.6%

Indiana State University

2.6%

University of Houston

2.4%

Lamar University

2.4%

Del Mar College

2.4%
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Majors

Business

23.0%

Occupational Safety And Health

15.7%

Management

7.9%

Public Health

6.4%

Criminal Justice

6.3%

General Studies

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

Environmental Science

3.1%

Education

3.0%

Nursing

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.0%

Psychology

2.8%

Industrial Technology

2.7%

Fire Science And Protection

2.7%

Construction Management

2.5%

Biology

2.3%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Communication

2.1%

Accounting

2.1%

Medical Technician

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

34.1%

Other

30.9%

Associate

14.0%

Masters

12.5%

Certificate

6.1%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Real Safety Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
International Safety Coordinator The Ford Foundation New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $165,000
Safety Coordinator Moody International Americas, Inc. The Woodlands, TX May 20, 2010 $165,000
Safety Coordinator Moody International Americas, Inc. The Woodlands, TX May 10, 2010 $165,000
Process Safety Coordinator-Eeha Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals, Inc. Houston, TX Jan 26, 2016 $125,784
Food Safety Coordinator Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc. Troy, MI Sep 01, 2014 $104,350
Risk Management & Safety Coordinator Time Square Construction, Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2013 $90,000
Safety Coordinator Sherwin Alumina Gregory, TX Sep 22, 2010 $75,000
Facility Safety Coordinator Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. Amelia, LA Sep 25, 2014 $63,100
Safety and Health Coordinator II Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Wilson, NC Sep 29, 2011 $60,540
Regional Safety Coordinator Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. Larose, LA Sep 25, 2011 $59,200
Facility Safety Coordinator Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. Amelia, LA Nov 13, 2012 $59,200
Point of Care and Safety Coordinator Salem Hospital Salem, OR Aug 21, 2015 $58,011 -
$82,909
Regional Safety Coordinator Bollinger Shipyards Lockport, LLC Larose, LA Jul 01, 2009 $58,000
Point of Care & Safety Coordinator Salem Hospital Salem, OR Sep 09, 2014 $57,428 -
$82,076
Point of Care & Safety Coordinator Salem Hospital Salem, OR Sep 12, 2014 $57,428 -
$82,076
Patient Safety Coordinator Children's National Medical Center Washington, DC Jan 01, 2015 $56,971 -
$85,467
Safety Coordinator Tribe Mediterranean Foods, Inc. Taunton, MA Sep 21, 2012 $55,000 -
$65,000
Student Safety and Discipline Coordinator LFNO, Inc. New Orleans, LA Jan 10, 2016 $52,000
Point of Care & Safety Coordinator Salem Hospital Salem, OR Sep 20, 2014 $51,750 -
$82,076
Point of Care & Safety Coordinator Salem Hospital Salem, OR Sep 16, 2015 $51,376 -
$81,952
Safety Coordinator/Project Engineer Tarkett USA Inc. Florence, AL Sep 14, 2014 $49,109
Safety Coordinator Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. Larose, LA Sep 08, 2014 $48,200
Safety Coordinator Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. Larose, LA Sep 18, 2013 $48,200
Drug Safety Coordinator Unicon Pharma Inc. Horsham, PA Aug 21, 2016 $47,778

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Top Skills for A Safety Coordinator

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  1. Safety
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Osha
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  • Monitored and advised of safety practices on offshore vessels to operation and general manager.
  • Conducted safety inspections and investigated violations to ensure safety procedures are being followed and counsel managers and employees accordingly.
  • Conducted inspections of construction areas, stages, facades and other work areas for safety hazards and OSHA compliance.
  • Performed regular job site observations to provide direction for all general contractor personnel.
  • Developed, maintained and communicated facility procedures to conform to company and state/federal rules and regulations.

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