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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
  • $70,210

    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 Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Program Manager Adjunct Faculty
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Repair Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Director Of Plant Operations
14 Yearsyrs
Safety Officer Project Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Training Supervisor Security Officer Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Safety Engineer Safety Manager
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager Security Officer
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Training Supervisor Home Health Aid Environmental Services Supervisor
Manager Of Environmental Services
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Project Manager Program Manager
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Specialist Safety Supervisor
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Supervisor Safety Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Safety Manager Human Resources Manager Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Coordinator Safety Manager
Project Safety Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Safety Director Environmental Manager Safety Manager
Safety And Training Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Safety Director Risk Manager Senior Manager
Senior Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Driver Operation Supervisor
Terminal Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Safety Consultant Safety Supervisor Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Safety Trainer Demographics

Gender

Male

72.1%

Female

25.6%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

76.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.6%
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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

OshaSafetyTrainingSafetyProceduresSafetyAuditsTrainingProgramsMonthlySafetyMeetingsEmergencyIncidentInvestigationsJobSafetyAnalysisSafetyProgramsRigCPRISOContractorsHourHSEEntryInjuryH2SCompanyPolicies

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  1. Osha
  2. Safety Training
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Initial training in OSHA 1910 rules and regulations dealing with general industry.
  • Provide interactive safety training, testing and certification for construction and oil-well service personnel.
  • Instruct employees on job safety programs, use of safety equipment, explain their responsibilities to adhere to company safety procedures.
  • Advance Safety Audits Certification * Responsibilities include monitoring and inspection of rigs and paperwork.
  • Attended meetings and seminars to obtain information for use in training programs, and to inform management of training program status.

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