A safety inspector, also known as occupational health and safety technician or specialist, examines and evaluates organizations, factories, machines, equipment, workplaces, and practices. This is to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. They usually work for the government both in the office and on the field. Exposure to different risks is inevitable; therefore, safety inspectors must wear protective clothing and gear to ensure their safety while conducting inspections. Moreover, they maintain necessary reports and records to ensure compliance.
Employers seek candidates with at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. Candidates must also have two to three years of experience related to safety inspection. You must be an expert in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Key skills for this job include problem-solving, attention to detail and communication skills. Having relevant certifications is a plus. Safety inspectors earn an average income of $62,515 per year. This varies between $33,000 and $119,000.