Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
SOC: 29-9011.00

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
70,300 employed

Projected (2024):
73,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Analysis or Research Safety Inspector
  • Cause Analyst
  • Certified Indoor Environmentalist
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist
  • Certified Professional Ergonomist
  • Chief of Safety and Protection
  • Chief Safety Officer
  • Corporate Environmental, Health, and Safety Director
  • Corporate Safety Director
  • Dining Service Inspector
  • Director Employee Safety and Health
  • Environmental Health and Safety Manager
  • Environmental Health Inspector
  • Environmental Health Safety Manager
  • Environmental Health Sanitarian
  • Environmental Health Technologist
  • Environmental Protection Inspector
  • Environmental Protection Officer
  • Environmental Safety and Occupational Health Program Manager
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental, Health, and Safety EHS Officer
  • Field Health Officer
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Food Inspector
  • Furniture and Bedding Inspector
  • Hazardous Waste Management Specialist
  • Health and Safety Inspector
  • Health and Safety Manager
  • Health and Safety Technician
  • Health Care Facilities Inspector
  • Health Inspector
  • Health Physics Technician
  • Health Safety Manager
  • Health Sanitarian
  • Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist, Senior
  • Industrial Hygiene Technician
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Industrial Safety and Health Specialist
  • Industrial Safety and Health Technician
  • Industrial Waste Inspector
  • Loss Control Consultant
  • Loss Control Representative
  • Medical Safety Director
  • Mortician Investigator
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Occupational Safety and Health Inspector
  • OSHA Inspector (Occupational Safety and Health Administration Inspector)
  • Principle Industrial Hygienist
  • Public Health Inspector
  • Public Health Service Officer
  • Quarantine Inspector
  • Rabies Inspector
  • Radiation Protection Specialist
  • Radiological Health Specialist
  • Restaurant Inspector
  • Risk Analyst
  • Risk Control Consultant
  • Risk Prevention Engineer
  • Safety Administrator
  • Safety Advisor
  • Safety and Health Manager
  • Safety and Skill Based Pay Manager
  • Safety Consultant
  • Safety Director
  • Safety Inspector
  • Safety Instructor
  • Safety Investigator
  • Safety Investigator/Cause Analyst
  • Safety Manager
  • Safety Officer
  • Safety Person
  • Safety Specialist
  • Safety Trainer
  • Sanitarian
  • Sanitarian Inspector
  • Sanitary Inspector
  • Sanitation Inspector
  • Sanitation Officer
  • Senior Safety Management Consultant
  • Senior Safety Support Manager
  • Tick Inspector
  • Venereal Disease Investigator
  • Water Inspector
  • Work Environment Safety Inspector


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Order suspension of activities that pose threats to workers' health or safety.
  • Recommend measures to help protect workers from potentially hazardous work methods, processes, or materials.
  • Investigate accidents to identify causes or to determine how such accidents might be prevented in the future.
  • Investigate the adequacy of ventilation, exhaust equipment, lighting, or other conditions that could affect employee health, comfort, or performance.
  • Develop or maintain hygiene programs, such as noise surveys, continuous atmosphere monitoring, ventilation surveys, or asbestos management plans.
  • 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.
  • Conduct safety training or education programs and demonstrate the use of safety equipment.
  • Provide new-employee health and safety orientations and develop materials for these presentations.
  • Collect samples of dust, gases, vapors, or other potentially toxic materials for analysis.
  • Investigate health-related complaints and inspect facilities to ensure that they comply with public health legislation and regulations.
  • Coordinate "right-to-know" programs regarding hazardous chemicals or other substances.
  • Maintain or update emergency response plans or procedures.
  • Develop or maintain medical monitoring programs for employees.
  • Inspect specified areas to ensure the presence of fire prevention equipment, safety equipment, or first-aid supplies.
  • Conduct audits at hazardous waste sites or industrial sites or participate in hazardous waste site investigations.
  • Collect samples of hazardous materials or arrange for sample collection.
  • Maintain inventories of hazardous materials or hazardous wastes, using waste tracking systems to ensure that materials are handled properly.
  • Prepare hazardous, radioactive, or mixed waste samples for transportation or storage by treating, compacting, packaging, and labeling them.
  • Perform laboratory analyses or physical inspections of samples to detect disease or to assess purity or cleanliness.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aerosol monitoring instruments
  • Air flow monitors
  • Air sampling impingers
  • Air sampling pumps
  • Anemometers
  • Audiometers
  • Barometers
  • Benzene detector tubes
  • Cascade impactors
  • Charcoal absorption tubes
  • Chemical detection tubes
  • Chlorine monitors
  • Colorimeters
  • Combustible gas meters
  • Compressed air guns
  • Desktop computers
  • Dissolved oxygen monitors
  • Dry gas meters
  • Emergency eye wash stations
  • Emergency shower stations
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Flame ionization detectors FID
  • Gamma radiation survey meters
  • Gas chromatographs GC
  • Gas leak testing equipment
  • Geiger-Muller counters
  • Gravimetric dust samplers
  • Handheld thermometers
  • High-volume air sampling pumps
  • Humidity measurement equipment
  • Laboratory balances
  • Laboratory transfer pipettes
  • Liquid leak testing equipment
  • Low-volume air sampling pumps
  • Luxmeters
  • Manometers
  • Medical measuring tapes
  • Microliter syringes
  • Moisture meters
  • Mold sampling equipment
  • Multi-gas detectors
  • Notebook computers
  • Particle sensors
  • Peristaltic pumps
  • Personal computers
  • Personal protective suits
  • pH monitors
  • Photometers
  • Pressure meters
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Psychrometers
  • Radiation monitoring instruments
  • Refrigerant leak detectors
  • Respirators
  • Rotameters
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety shoes
  • Sample vials
  • Sampling trains
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Smoke generating tubes
  • Soil testing kits
  • Sorbent tubes
  • Spirometers
  • Turbidity monitors
  • Ultraviolet UV digital meters
  • Vibration measurement equipment
  • Volumetric flasks
  • Wet test meters
  • X ray fluorescence XRF lead testing analyzers
  • Curtis Management Resources Training Management System
  • Database software
  • EcoLogic Systems ADAM Indoor Air Quality Management Software
  • ESS Compliance Suite
  • ImageWave MSDSFinder
  • Mannus Compliance: EHS
  • Medgate Occupational Health and Safety Software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Primatech AUDITWorks
  • Quality Systems Incorporated Safety Tagging System
  • RAE Systems HazRAE
  • Safety Software OSHALOG 300
  • SAP software
  • Web browser software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800