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Working As A Safety Supervisor

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • $87,756

    Average Salary

What Does A Safety Supervisor 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 Supervisor

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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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 3.0 years
Safety Specialist 3.0 years
Safety Advisor 2.6 years
Safety Consultant 2.6 years
Safety Technician 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Supervisor 5.3%
Foreman 2.9%
Internship 2.7%
Manager 2.2%
Top Employers After
Supervisor 3.3%
Manager 2.2%

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Safety Supervisor Demographics

Gender

Male

81.9%

Female

16.7%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

18.0%

Black or African American

11.7%

Asian

6.5%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.6%

French

4.4%

Portuguese

3.8%

Carrier

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

German

2.5%

Dakota

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Russian

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Turkish

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Mandarin

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Bosnian

0.6%

Malay

0.6%

Catalan

0.6%

Armenian

0.6%

Filipino

0.6%
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Safety Supervisor Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

21.9%

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Murray State University

6.4%

University of Central Missouri

5.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.9%

Eastern Kentucky University

4.9%

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

4.7%

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

4.3%

Marshall University

4.2%

West Virginia University

4.0%

Texas A&M University

3.8%

Baton Rouge Community College

3.5%

Southeastern Louisiana University

3.1%

Ashford University

3.0%

Community College of the Air Force

2.8%

McNeese State University

2.6%

Keene State College

2.6%

University of Central Oklahoma

2.3%

Lamar University

2.3%

The Academy

2.3%
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Majors

Business

20.3%

Occupational Safety And Health

16.0%

Criminal Justice

9.5%

Management

7.8%

Public Health

7.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

4.0%

Environmental Science

3.9%

Education

3.5%

General Studies

3.2%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Medical Technician

2.9%

Fire Science And Protection

2.7%

Construction Management

2.3%

Biology

2.1%

Nursing

2.1%

Industrial Technology

2.0%

Psychology

2.0%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Communication

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.0%

Other

29.7%

Masters

13.7%

Associate

12.5%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

1.2%

Doctorate

0.9%

License

0.4%
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Real Safety Supervisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Supervisor-U.S. Pipeline Safety Compliance Enbridge Employee Services, Inc. Superior, WI Sep 14, 2011 $110,000 -
$120,000
Patient Safety Supervisor Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Jan 06, 2015 $101,504
Supervisor, Patient Safety Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Jul 07, 2015 $98,550
Patient Safety Supervisor Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Jun 06, 2014 $98,550
Safety Supervisor Mass. Electric Construction Co. Lanham, MD Nov 30, 2009 $75,800 -
$85,800
Plant Food Safety Supervisor The EGGO Company Atlanta, GA Aug 15, 2015 $75,000
Environmental Health and Safety Supervisor Ashland Inc. Kenedy, TX Dec 01, 2012 $69,252
Health and Safety Supervisor Envirocon, Inc. Missoula, MT Aug 06, 2015 $68,994
Plant Food Safety Supervisor Worthington Foods, Inc. Clearfield, UT Aug 15, 2015 $68,200
Environmental Health and Safety Supervisor Ashland Inc. Kenedy, TX Dec 01, 2012 $67,800 -
$84,700
Health and Safety Supervisor Abeinsa EPC Inc. Calexico, CA Nov 19, 2012 $61,942
Health and Safety Supervisor Envirocon, Inc. Missoula, MT Oct 01, 2011 $60,000
Plant Food Safety Supervisor Worthington Foods, Inc. Clearfield, UT Aug 15, 2015 $58,000 -
$70,000
Safety Supervisor Mass. Electric Construction Co. Washington, DC Apr 13, 2012 $57,117
Safety Supervisor Transfield Services Americas, Inc. Dickinson, ND Aug 01, 2012 $48,776 -
$65,000
Safety Supervisor Transfield Services Oilfields, LLC Dickinson, ND Aug 07, 2012 $48,776 -
$65,000

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Top Skills for A Safety Supervisor

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  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Safety
  3. Osha
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  • Key Accomplishments * Conducted successful site inspections by observing workers to determine proper use of prescribed safety equipment and safety procedures.
  • Contribute objectives to achieve corporate safety strategies; strategic planning; develop and facilitate safety committees.
  • Conduct site safety inspections and administer site orientations/weekly training programs as mandated by OSHA standards and corporate regulations.
  • Provided guidance to supervisory personnel and direction to all employees for minimizing exposure to injury and occupational illness.
  • Executed field job site observations/audits/training and performed one-on-one instruction in the completion of Job Hazard Analysis.

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  2. Alaska
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Nevada
  5. Minnesota
  6. New Mexico
  7. California
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Tennessee
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