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Working As a Safety Representative

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Safety Representative 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 Representative

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 Representative Career Paths

Safety Representative
Safety Coordinator Supervisor Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Supervisor Owner
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Safety Manager
HSE Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Supervisor Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Manager Area Manager
Area Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Manager Plant Manager
Director Of Plant Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Safety Manager Compliance Manager
Compliance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Team Leader Training Manager
Human Resources Business Partner
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Team Leader Executive Team Leader
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Team Leader Group Leader
Section Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Security Supervisor Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Safety Manager Compliance Manager
Risk Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Safety Consultant
Loss Control Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Owner/Operator Food Service Director
Food Safety Director
8 Yearsyrs
Health & Safety Officer Health And Safety Coordinator Environmental Health Specialist
Environmental Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Engineer Project Engineer Quality Control Manager
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Health & Safety Officer Quality Control Manager Compliance Manager
Regulatory Compliance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Foreman Shop Foreman Assistant Service Manager
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Foreman Account Manager Corporate Account Manager
Corporate Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Engineer Safety Advisor
Plant Safety Leader
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Manager 3.8 years
Safety Trainer 3.6 years
Safety Officer 3.3 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 Advisor 2.7 years
Safety Consultant 2.6 years
Safety Technician 2.5 years
Top Careers Before Safety Representative
Internship 6.2%
Manager 3.8%
Supervisor 3.8%
Cashier 3.2%
Technician 2.7%
Top Careers After Safety Representative
Supervisor 3.6%
Manager 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
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$34,000
Min 10%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$124,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ConocoPhillips
Highest Paying City
San Mateo, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Safety Representative make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Safety Representative in the United States is $65,750 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $34,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $124,000.

Real Safety Representative Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Environmental Health and Safety Representative International Paper Salinas, CA Jun 19, 2015 $74,000
Environmental Health and Safety Representative International Paper Salinas, CA Aug 25, 2015 $74,000
Senior Health & Safety Representative Conocophillips Company Borger, TX Oct 01, 2010 $62,800 -
$124,320
Food Safety Representative Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc. Santa Maria, CA Aug 11, 2014 $52,000
Retail Food Safety Representative NSF International Morrisville, NC May 26, 2015 $45,594
Well Safety and Environmental Representative Conocophillips Company Krum, TX Jan 01, 2010 $44,866 -
$105,000

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Top Skills for A Safety Representative

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Safety Meetings
  3. Osha
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Secured compliance with health and safety procedures through training and implementation of Behavior Based Safety Systems.
  • Conducted daily safety meetings to communicate information with drives and confirmed proper documentation and certifications were maintained for equipment operations.
  • Monitored and updated policy letters regarding OSHA and company safety requirements enabling 100% compliance during annual safety evaluation.
  • Developed behavior based safety program to help Supervisors and Plant Managers recognize unsafe behaviors to build a Zero Incident Safety Culture.
  • Performed job safety analysis and provided hazardous waste operation and emergency response guidance.

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Top 10 Best States for Safety Representatives

  1. Nevada
  2. Alaska
  3. Connecticut
  4. California
  5. New Jersey
  6. Mississippi
  7. Maryland
  8. Texas
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Iowa
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Safety Representative Demographics

Gender

Male

70.1%

Female

21.5%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

18.0%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.0%

Mandarin

12.7%

Chinese

9.5%

German

5.6%

French

5.6%

Italian

3.2%

Hebrew

2.4%

Portuguese

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Polish

1.6%

Carrier

1.6%

Dutch

0.8%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Arabic

0.8%

Persian

0.8%

Hindi

0.8%

Thai

0.8%

Korean

0.8%
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Safety Representative Education

Schools

Hofstra University

27.3%

Columbia Southern University

19.8%

Community College of the Air Force

6.5%

University of Phoenix

6.5%

Murray State University

3.5%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

3.2%

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

3.0%

Del Mar College

2.8%

Texas A&M University

2.7%

Purdue University

2.7%

Nicholls State University

2.7%

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

2.5%

West Virginia University

2.3%

San Jacinto College District

2.3%

University of Central Missouri

2.2%

Eastern Kentucky University

2.2%

Brazosport College

2.2%

Lee College

2.0%

University of Houston

1.8%

University of Toledo

1.7%
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Majors

Business

20.4%

Occupational Safety And Health

16.3%

Management

8.4%

Public Health

6.8%

Criminal Justice

5.8%

Psychology

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

Environmental Science

3.3%

Industrial Technology

3.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.3%

General Studies

3.2%

Accounting

3.0%

Education

2.7%

Fire Science And Protection

2.6%

Medical Technician

2.4%

Construction Management

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Communication

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Computer Science

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.5%

Other

26.9%

Associate

14.5%

Masters

13.5%

Certificate

6.7%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.3%
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