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Become A Safety Trainer

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Working As A Safety Trainer

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • $69,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Safety Trainer 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 Trainer

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 Trainer Career Paths

Safety Trainer
Safety Inspector Safety Officer Operations Officer
Chief Deputy
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Safety Manager
Corporate Safety Director
12 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Maintenance Supervisor Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
6 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Safety Supervisor Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Trainer Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Safety Director HSE Manager Project Manager
Division Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Engineer Safety Specialist Fire Chief
Emergency Management Director
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Facilities Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Program Manager Clinical Director
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Safety Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Security Officer Loss Prevention Specialist
Loss Prevention/Safety Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Trainer Facilitator Production Supervisor
Plant Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Engineer Construction Manager
Project Manager/Quality Control Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Operations Manager Underwriter
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Human Resources Coordinator Recruiting Coordinator
Resource Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager Senior Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager General Manager Service Advisor
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Safety Director Dispatcher Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Safety Trainer 4.0 years
Safety Instructor 3.7 years
Safety Engineer 3.4 years
Safety Officer 3.2 years
Safety Supervisor 3.1 years
Safety Coordinator 3.1 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 Analyst 2.4 years
Safety Assistant 2.2 years
Top Careers Before Safety Trainer
Supervisor 5.9%
Internship 4.7%
Driver 4.0%
Instructor 4.0%
Manager 3.7%
Cashier 3.2%
Floor Hand 3.0%
Top Careers After Safety Trainer
Supervisor 4.1%
Manager 4.1%
Owner 3.2%
Driver 3.0%
Consultant 2.8%

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Safety Trainer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.1%

Female

25.6%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

19.6%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.9%

Japanese

6.3%

Chinese

3.1%

French

3.1%

Mandarin

3.1%

Carrier

3.1%

Armenian

3.1%

Dakota

3.1%

Korean

3.1%
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Safety Trainer Education

Schools

Columbia Southern University

21.9%

University of Texas at Arlington

7.6%

Northeastern State University

6.7%

Texas A&M University

5.7%

University of Phoenix

5.7%

California State University - Sacramento

4.8%

Community College of the Air Force

4.8%

San Jacinto College District

4.8%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.8%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.8%

Capella University

3.8%

University of North Dakota

2.9%

Michigan State University

2.9%

Ashford University

2.9%

Birmingham School of Massage

2.9%

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach

2.9%

Florida State University

2.9%

American InterContinental University

2.9%

University of South Alabama

2.9%

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

23.0%

Occupational Safety And Health

9.9%

Criminal Justice

7.5%

Management

7.2%

Public Health

5.9%

Nursing

5.3%

General Studies

4.3%

Psychology

4.0%

Human Resources Management

4.0%

Education

3.7%

Communication

3.7%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.9%

Law

2.7%

Construction Management

2.7%

Elementary Education

2.4%

Environmental Science

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Chemistry

2.1%

Medical Technician

2.1%

Fire Science And Protection

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

32.1%

Bachelors

31.3%

Masters

15.7%

Associate

11.8%

Certificate

5.2%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Safety Trainer

  1. Osha
  2. Training Programs
  3. Safety Training
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Conduct accident investigations, maintained OSHA reporting standards and administered Worker's Compensation claims.
  • Directed safety training programs, including overseeing administrative functions, mentoring staff, and conducting performance reviews.
  • Operated robotic manufacturing equipment in auto parts factory; maintained quality control standards; provided safety training to other team members.
  • Improved risk management by proposing safety measures, and developing/enforcing safety procedures and penalized violations.
  • Inspected the machinery and working conditions in an industrial setting to ensure compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Regulations.

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