Occupational Health and Safety Specialists Career Video
Description: 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.
Occupational health and safety specialists look for accidents waiting to happen. Also called risk managers, their job is to keep workplaces as accident-free as possible. They do this by looking for safer, healthier and more efficient ways of working. Health and safety specialists analyze work environments to identify potential hazards. They use experience, historical data and other sources to identify patterns of injury or illness. These specialists may conduct inspections to make sure companies comply with laws governing worker health and safety. This can include making sure chemicals are stored or disposed of correctly, or that protective equipment is available and used properly. Occupational health and safety specialists conduct investigations after accidents or injuries to find ways to prevent them in the future. They often coordinate rehabilitation for injured employees to help them return to work. Occupational health and safety specialists develop and implement training programs to correct risky conditions or practices in a workplace, then monitor their progress. They're good listeners, and excellent communicators. Most positions in this field require a 4-year degree. You should be detail-oriented and prepared to maintain certification requirements with continuing education to succeed in this field. As many occupational safety and health specialists proudly say: safety on the job is no accident.