What is it like to be a Safety Consultant
According to the Department of Labor, the career of a Safety Consultant is to ensure the verification of a safe, healthy, and effective work environment for employers and their employees alike. When businesses and companies hire Safety Consultants, they are seeking people with hearts full of care, and minds full of information.
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Safety Consultants, like Liz Foott who we interviewed in Episode 003 of the podcast, are the members of society that evaluate, review, and then analyze the safety of current work environments for various businesses or companies. Then they use that information to create programs and procedures that will control, eliminate, and prevent potential diseases or injuries that could be caused by chemical, physical, biological, and/or employee efficient factors.
Daily Work as a Safety Consultant
Depending on the services requested from employers, Safety Consultants conduct inspections, as well as enforce company and business adherence to laws and regulations concerning the health and safety of individuals. These are the workers engaging with a number of different fields and businesses in order to make sure that every criterion created to fulfill safe and healthy work environments for employees are being met.
According to EKU Online, Safety Consultants provide businesses or companies with customized strategies that ensure the maintenance of a state of preparedness for reviews conducted by regulatory agencies, as well as achieve a level of quality and service that actually exceed regulatory requirements. They are in charge of conducting hazard surveillance of patient care areas as well as industrial businesses routinely. They also prepare summaries that will be presented towards corrective action to be established.
The Safety Consultant for a site coordinate, conduct, and analyze the performance of fire drills in employer areas, both industrial and business. They also provide inspections of injuries and analyses for those reports to file for company records.
Consultants prepare summaries of analysis from inspection of overall company effectiveness, and then provide employers with recommendations for potential improvement. They are in charge of advising and then assisting with implementing emergency preparedness along with the safety management within departments and staff throughout the business.
There are certain policies, procedures, and guidelines that comply with objectives in order to ensure organizational success, including clear communication with contractors and employers, and Safety Consultants develop these for businesses that request their services.
The job typically operates during regular hours during the week, however, emergencies can cause an irregularity of hours and/or workload, as well as the possibility of travel, depending on your role in the company you work for.
Job Requirements for Safety Consultants
First and foremost, Safety Consultants must maintain a full understanding of how the work environment can be affected by ergonomics, toxicology, and industrial hygiene. Safety Consultants must also remain courteous to the effect that efficiency and industrial hygiene play in workplace success.
The ability to participate in, and work collaboratively and creatively in special project teams, as well as communicate effectively with colleagues, employers, and businesses and corporations are invaluable skills for a working woman in any and every style of career. Depending on your employment position, you might need to be equipped to provide training sessions that cover safety procedures and regulations.
There are certain working conditions that a Safety Consultant is routinely exposed to and should be taken into consideration when choosing this career. Because of the nature of the career, Safety Consultants can experience moderate exposure to chemicals, equipment and/or materials that are potentially dangerous. This being said, employers will expect basic safety precautions to be taken with every job.
Every year, Safety Consultants are required to take certain health tests to avoid any possibility of illness or injury, which is beneficial for employees because your health and safety are essential.
Education Requirements for Safety Consultants
As far as education requirements are concerned on your road to becoming a successful Safety Consultant, you should obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline, but it is not necessarily a requirement. Additional safety certifications can be earned and serve to strengthen your understanding of the role. These certifications can be found at https://www.bcsp.org/Certifications. However, as it goes for most working women, field experience is the motor that commences the engine to your career.
Resources/Benefits of Field Experience
As it is in most careers, experience within the field that you are hoping to become involved or employed in is essential to exponential success as a Safety Consultant. For most employers looking to hire Safety Consultants, they require a minimum of 3 years of directly related experience. Depending on the location of your career, bilingualism is of high value because you can extend your communication horizons across services you provide, especially if you travel for work.
You must also maintain the necessary knowledge in order to keep up to date with regulations and standards, such as OSHA regulations, DOT and EPA storage handling, use/disposal of hazardous and infectious waste, PHMSA compressed gas regulations, or regulations regarding fire safety. If physical health and activity is something you enjoy dedicating time to, Safety Consultants utilize physical ability as well as their mental muscles, too. Safety Consultants might occasionally be expected to exert anywhere between 20 and 50 pounds of force.
Licensing Required for Safety Consultants
In every state, Safety Consultants can be professionally licensed online or through certain classes offered in various locations across the country. To be a licensed Safety Consultant, you must become a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional, or it can be obtained within one year of being hired. All of this information will help you prepare for the jobs and expectations of Safety Consultants.
Salary and Employment Outlook for Safety Consultants
With an RSE (https://www.bls.gov/help/def/oes.htm) of .4%, the mean annual salary of a Safety Consultant average at $72,480, with a mean wage just shy of $35 an hour. Keep this in mind: these numbers are the mean averages of higher and lower wages and salaries. There is an average of 76,630 Safety Consultants employed throughout the United States, which should be wildly encouraging to you as working women.
The highest employment levels for Safety Consultants are found within the Federal Executive Branch, Local Government, and the State Government. However, the highest concentration for employment of Safety Consultants deal with Waste Treatment/Disposal, then Oil and Gas Extraction, and Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing.
The highest paying employment opportunities available for Safety Consultants exist in Oil and Gas Extraction, followed by Pipeline Transportation, then Scientific Research and Development Services with salaries averaging between $88,060 to $93,730. These jobs provide the highest compensation because the work of a Safety Consultant within those businesses and companies is imperative.
- States with the highest employment level, as of 2016:
- States with the highest annual wage average:
- District of Columbia
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
There is also a higher employment rate in metropolitan areas than there are in rural areas, yet there is still a great need for the services that Safety Consultants provide on a world-wide scale. The work and servitude that you can exert as a Safety Consultant can dramatically impact the success of businesses and companies, and that work is priceless.
How to Get Hired as a Safety Consultant
Thankfully, opportunities for employment as a Safety Consultant exist in the public and private sectors, whichever you prefer. When you visit job search engines like Glassdoor, searching for jobs using terms like “Safety Consultant” or “Safety Professional” and then search location in order to not only find where jobs exist but also to find out where you can become a certified Safety Consultant. Also, keep a record of any and all field experience that you participate in because it will all prove to be worthwhile and be valuable to any employers in search of Safety Consultants.
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