Occupational Health & Safety Manager

Occupational Health & Safety Manager

An occupational health and safety manager is a management role responsible for the policy, procedures and measurement of occupational health and safety in the workplace. They establish and promote maintenance of safe and healthy working conditions in a business through formulating general safety, fire prevention and health policies and measures.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?: 
  • Establish maintenance of safe and healthy working conditions
  • Devise and coordinate safety programs
  • Assist in meeting obligations under occupational health and safety legislation
  • Coordinate ongoing training for safety and environmental awareness
  • Coordinate training for emergency response teams set up in workplaces
  • Inspect the workplace and regularly audit safety procedures
  • Investigate accidents, prepare and maintain required reports
  • Provide new hire orientation outlining the company’s safety rules
  • Promote a proactive safety culture
  • Organize and participate in safety committee activities
  • Develop specific safety objectives and create action plans to meet those objectives
  • Maintain, review and report safety performance
Recommended High School Courses: 
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, anatomy, biology, mathematics, chemistry and physics.
Education/Training Required: 
Occupational safety and health managers would be most successful if they have formal training and education, such as an associate or bachelor’s degree, in human health, engineering, chemistry or environmental health sciences.
Future Job Market Outlook: 
Typical Employers: 
Occupational safety and health managers are employed by any agricultural company that has processing- or manufacturing-related jobs.
Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations: 
  • National Association of Safety Professionals
  • National Safety Council
Average Annual Full-Time Salary: 
$52,000
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