CAREER

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$76,340

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.8% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree

Career

What Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 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.

Other Job Titles Occupational Health and Safety Specialists May Have

Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), Chemical Hygiene Officer, Environmental Health and Safety Officer, Environmental, Health, and Safety Officer (EHS Officer), Industrial Hygienist, Industrial Hygienist Consultant, Safety Consultant, Safety Management Consultant, Safety Officer, Safety Specialist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Workplace Safety Specialist ,

International Labor Organization

I am responsible for engagements with government officials, employers' associations, and workers representatives to seek consensus on workplace safety in the ready-made garment industry of Bangladesh. Additionally, I provide technical advice to senior government officials on a range of issues related to workplace safety. I communicate with the diplomatic community, industry stakeholders, and the various initiatives working to address worker's rights to safe working conditions.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Recommend measures to help protect workers from potentially hazardous work methods, processes, or materials.
  • 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.
  • Inspect or evaluate workplace environments, equipment, or practices to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations.
  • Collaborate with engineers or physicians to institute control or remedial measures for hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.

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