As an occupational health and safety specialist, your job will be to make sure that working conditions are as safe as possible. You may inspect and enforce safety standards on assembly lines or protect workers against biohazardous waste in hospitals. You may inspect safety standards at nuclear power plants or within public schools.
The job may also require studying, redesigning, and updating working environments. And if an accident occurs, occupational health and safety specialists help investigate possible causes and recommend corrective action.
Occupational health and safety specialists promote better health and safety in work environments and prevent harm to workers and the general public. They also enforce air quality and environmental regulations.
Occupational health and safety specialists are known by many names, such as occupational health and safety inspectors, industrial hygienists, environmental protection officers, and ergonomists.
Responsible, detail oriented, conscientious, and a good communicator. The difference between good and bad communication can sometimes lead to disaster. You will be responsible not only for enforcing safety but also for making sure that people understand and follow the law.
About two out of five occupational health and safety specialists work for the government.