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Working As A Safety Officer

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Safety Officer 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 Officer

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 Officer Career Paths

Safety Officer
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager Owner
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager
Human Resource Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager Owner/Operator
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Supervisor Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Supervisor Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Maintenance Manager Maintenance Director
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Safety Supervisor
HSE Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Manager Case Manager Nursing Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Service Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Director Of Quality Management
13 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Unit Manager Claims Manager
Risk Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Team Leader Executive Team Leader
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Executive Team Leader Loss Prevention Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Operation Supervisor Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Front Desk Manager Housekeeping Manager
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Associate Senior Auditor
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Consultant
Loss Control Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Health And Safety Coordinator Environmental Health Specialist Environmental Specialist
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Manager General Manager Food Service Director
Food Safety Director
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Property Manager Compliance Manager
Regulatory Compliance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Account Manager Corporate Account Manager
Corporate Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Manager 3.8 years
Safety Trainer 3.6 years
Safety Engineer 3.3 years
Safety Coordinator 3.2 years
Safety Supervisor 3.2 years
Safety Specialist 3.1 years
Safety Inspector 3.0 years
Safety Officer 3.0 years
Safety Advisor 2.7 years
Safety Consultant 2.6 years
Safety Technician 2.5 years
Safety Assistant 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Safety Officer
Supervisor 5.9%
Internship 5.6%
Cashier 5.4%
Manager 4.4%
Officer 4.1%
Technician 3.9%
Instructor 3.5%
Top Careers After Safety Officer
Supervisor 5.4%
Officer 5.1%
Manager 4.3%
Technician 3.6%
Instructor 3.4%

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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$56,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$115,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Detroit Medical Center
Highest Paying City
Cupertino, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Safety Officer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Safety Officer in the United States is $80,858 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $115,000.

Real Safety Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Principal, Clinical Safety Officer Edwards Lifesciences LLC Irvine, CA Aug 10, 2015 $175,000
Principal, Clinical Safety Officer Edwards Lifesciences LLC Irvine, CA Oct 08, 2015 $175,000
Clinical Safety Officer The Global Alliance for TB Drug Development Inc. New York, NY Oct 10, 2016 $100,000 -
$140,000
Diving Safety Officer Conservation International Arlington, VA Jun 15, 2013 $87,500
Centrifuge Safety Officer Separator Technology Solutions Us Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 03, 2012 $81,393
Assoc. Patient Safety Officer & Chronic Disease Co New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation New York, NY Apr 28, 2011 $75,670
Patient Safety Officer Glen Bridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Niles, IL Aug 25, 2016 $73,024
Patient Safety Officer Glen Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Ltd. Chicago, IL Aug 25, 2016 $73,024
Patient Safety Officer Glen Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Ltd. Northbrook, IL Aug 25, 2016 $73,024
Patient Safety Officer Chicago Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Chicago Ridge, IL Aug 29, 2014 $68,975
Patient Safety Officer Glen Health and Home Management, Inc. Skokie, IL Aug 29, 2014 $68,975
Patient Safety Officer Glen Bridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Niles, IL Aug 29, 2014 $68,975
Patient Safety Officer RREM, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 29, 2014 $68,975
Patient Safety Officer Family Healthcare, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 17, 2014 $68,975
Patient Safety Officer Glen Lake Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Cente Waukegan, IL Sep 12, 2014 $62,610
Patient Safety Officer Glenshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Ltd. Richton Park, IL Oct 01, 2012 $60,544
Patient Safety Officer RREM, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $60,544
Patient Safety Officer Glen Bridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Niles, IL Dec 01, 2011 $60,544
Patient Safety Officer Regency Rehabilitation Center Niles, IL Oct 11, 2011 $60,544
Patient Safety Officer Balmoral Home, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $60,544
Patient Safety Officer Glenshire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Richton Park, IL Oct 01, 2012 $60,544
Patient Safety Officer Brentwood North Healthcare and Rehabilitation Cent Riverwoods, IL Oct 01, 2011 $60,481
Assistant Biological Safety Officer University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Sep 01, 2010 $57,000
Assistant Safety Officer The Rockefeller University New York, NY Dec 01, 2014 $56,500
Safety Officer Miles0McClellan Construction Co., Inc. Greensboro, NC Nov 30, 2009 $55,000
Patient Safety Officer Chicago Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Chicago Ridge, IL Sep 04, 2010 $54,053
Patient Safety Officer Balmoral Home, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 07, 2010 $54,053
Patient Safety Officer The Grove at Lincoln Park Chicago, IL Sep 10, 2010 $54,053
Patient Safety Officer Norridge Health Care & Rehabilitation Center Norridge, IL Sep 11, 2010 $54,053
Patient Safety Officer Morris Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, LLC Morris, IL Sep 17, 2010 $54,053

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Top Skills for A Safety Officer

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Osha
  3. Emergency Response
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct safety inspections and investigate violations to ensure safety procedures are being followed as well as counsel managers and employees accordingly.
  • Provide safety technical assistance and advice to both the contractors and field engineers on OSHA and SCA polices and procedures.
  • Provided comprehensive employee training for accident reduction/prevention, loss prevention, emergency response, in addition to basic safety training.
  • Managed the organizational safety program for a company providing well-site rental equipment and services to oil and gas operators.
  • Act as Safety Committee Chairman to lead safety discussions during laboratory safety meetings.

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Top 10 Best States for Safety Officers

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Alaska
  3. North Dakota
  4. Connecticut
  5. Nevada
  6. Colorado
  7. Utah
  8. California
  9. Minnesota
  10. Tennessee
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Safety Officer Resume Examples And Tips

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Safety Officer Demographics

Gender

Male

69.4%

Female

20.0%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

17.0%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.5%

French

7.1%

German

5.6%

Mandarin

3.0%

Italian

3.0%

Portuguese

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Japanese

2.6%

Chinese

2.2%

Hindi

1.9%

Carrier

1.9%

Russian

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Korean

0.7%

Filipino

0.7%

Irish

0.7%

Urdu

0.7%

Swedish

0.4%
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Safety Officer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.1%

Columbia Southern University

18.1%

The Academy

6.8%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

5.4%

Texas A&M University

4.4%

Community College of the Air Force

3.9%

American University

3.9%

Excelsior College

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.3%

Ashford University

3.2%

Central Texas College

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.0%

Liberty University

2.8%

Ohio State University

2.8%

Naval Postgraduate School

2.6%

Strayer University

2.5%

Arizona State University

2.5%

University of Alabama

2.4%

Michigan State University

2.4%
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Majors

Business

20.3%

Criminal Justice

15.5%

Nursing

5.8%

Management

5.8%

Occupational Safety And Health

5.7%

Public Health

4.4%

Fire Science And Protection

3.9%

Education

3.5%

Medical Technician

3.5%

Psychology

3.4%

Biology

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.3%

Aviation

3.3%

General Studies

3.2%

Environmental Science

3.0%

Chemistry

2.7%

Homeland Security

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.1%

Other

25.7%

Masters

16.4%

Associate

12.0%

Certificate

6.0%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

2.2%

License

0.3%
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