In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Inspecting workplaces to ensure compliance with health, safety, and environmental regulations. Includes testing and measuring potential hazards to protect the safety of workers, the public, and the environment.
- Preparing and presenting educational programs to teach employers and workers about workplace safety, as well as altering workplace protocols to mitigate dangerous working conditions.
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Technicians typically need an associate degree, but Specialists need a bachelor’s degree. Obtaining a higher degree can make you eligible for careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries in this pathway. Your existing education might give you advanced standing or transfer credit toward a higher degree, reducing the time it would take you to graduate.
Certifications are not required, but could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.
You may be eligible for one of the following certifications from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals:
- Associate Safety Professional (ASP), if you have an associate degree and 1 year of related work experience.
- Certified Safety Professional (CSP), if you have a bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related work experience.
- Occupational Hygiene and Safety Technologist (OHST), if you have 3 years of related work experience.
- Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), if you have 3 years of related work experience.
If you have a bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related work experience, you may be eligible for the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) credential from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.
Licensure is not required to work as an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist or Technician.