live chat
Backpack

Welcome,
New User

OhioMeansJobs

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists

  PRINT Print

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.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Inspect or evaluate workplace environments, equipment, or practices to ensure compliance with safety standards and government regulations.
    • Develop or maintain hygiene programs, such as noise surveys, continuous atmosphere monitoring, ventilation surveys, or asbestos management plans.
    • Collect samples of dust, gases, vapors, or other potentially toxic materials for analysis.
    • Investigate the adequacy of ventilation, exhaust equipment, lighting, or other conditions that could affect employee health, comfort, or performance.
    • Conduct safety training or education programs and demonstrate the use of safety equipment.
    • Investigate health-related complaints and inspect facilities to ensure that they comply with public health legislation and regulations.
    • Collaborate with engineers or physicians to institute control or remedial measures for hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions or equipment.
    • Provide new-employee health and safety orientations and develop materials for these presentations.
    • Develop or maintain medical monitoring programs for employees.
    • Coordinate "right-to-know" programs regarding hazardous chemicals or other substances.
    • Maintain or update emergency response plans or procedures.
    • Inspect specified areas to ensure the presence of fire prevention equipment, safety equipment, or first-aid supplies.
    • 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.
    • Conduct audits at hazardous waste sites or industrial sites or participate in hazardous waste site investigations.
    • Perform laboratory analyses or physical inspections of samples to detect disease or to assess purity or cleanliness.
    • Prepare hazardous, radioactive, or mixed waste samples for transportation or storage by treating, compacting, packaging, and labeling them.
    Skills
    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge
    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    Career Video
    Additional videos and more information available on CareerOneStop
    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $72,930/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $35.06/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 4,040
    • Yearly Projected Openings 230
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Concern for Others
    Tools
    • Liquid leak detectors
    • Gas detector tubes
    • Air sampling pumps
    • Air samplers or collectors
    • Air pollutant samplers
    Technology
    • Project management software
    • Office suite software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Compliance software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.