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Occupational Health & Safety Specialists

Also called: Certified Industrial Hygienist, Chief Safety Officer, Health and Safety Manager, Safety Specialist

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What they do:
Review, evaluate, and analyze work environments and design programs and procedures to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury caused by chemical, physical, and biological agents or ergonomic factors. May conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individuals. May be employed in the public or private sector. Includes environmental protection officers.
On the job, you would:
  • Order suspension of activities that pose threats to workers' health or safety.
  • Investigate accidents to identify causes or to determine how such accidents might be prevented in the future.
  • Recommend measures to help protect workers from potentially hazardous work methods, processes, or materials.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Medgate Enterprise EHS
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Compliance software
  • ESS Compliance Suite
  • Mannus Compliance: EHS
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Safety Inspector/Technician

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$70,920
$41,320
$104,460

Green Green jobs will increase the demand for this type of work.

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