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Occupational Health & Safety Specialist Job Description

Summary

Responsible for designing policies and procedures that help prevent harm to workers and property. Inspects machines and air quality, designs safe work spaces, and creates policies for workers to follow that minimize job-related hazards.

Primary responsibilities

  • Create ways to keep workers and the general public safe from harm.
  • Design safe work spaces.
  • Inspect machines and test for faults.
  • Remove defective equipment.
  • Test air quality.
  • Investigate complaints.
  • Reduce absenteeism and equipment downtime.
  • Lower insurance premiums and workers' compensation payments.
  • Prevent government fines.
  • Conduct safety inspections.
  • Impose fines.
  • Design programs to control, eliminate, and prevent disease or injury.
  • Search for and identify biological, chemical, and radiological hazards.
  • Advise workers on proper lifting techniques.
  • Inform an organization's management of areas not in compliance with State and Federal laws or employer policies.
  • Advise management on the cost and effectiveness of safety and health programs.
  • Devise and implement health programs.
  • Provide training on new regulations.
  • Demonstrate how to recognize hazards.
  • Develop methods to predict hazards.
  • Evaluate current equipment, products, facilities, or processes and those planned for future use.
  • Uncover patterns in injury data.
  • Evaluate the probability and severity of accidents.
  • Write accident reports.

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