Occupational health and safety specialists analyze work environments and design programs to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury. They also known as safety and health professionals or occupational health and safety inspectors, help prevent harm to workers, property, the environment, and the general public.
Occupational health and safety specialists work with other staff to analyze the workplace to help eliminate and prevent disease and injury that could be caused by chemicals, physical hazards, biological agents, and even ergonomic problems. They may conduct safety inspections and make sure government health and safety laws are followed. They may test employees to make sure they have not been exposed to unsafe levels of hazardous materials.
Some specialists, often called loss prevention specialists, work for insurance companies, inspecting the facilities that they insure and suggesting and helping to implement improvements.
The role of the Safety Specialist can vary widely depending upon the setting. One of the most challenging aspects of the job is participating as part of emergency response teams, providing emergency services after earthquakes, hazardous chemical spills or other emergency situations.
Many Specialists are responsible for overseeing safety-training courses for employees on safe work practices and emergency procedures. Safety Specialists may conduct the training, assign other employees, or hire outside vendors to provide the training. They also document employee’s safety training and organize refresher courses as needed