Occupational Health & Safety Technician
Occupational health and safety technicians monitor workplace conditions and create safety procedures to protect people, equipment, and the environment. They are analyzers and contributors who ensure the safety and well-being of a company’s employees.
They monitor workplace conditions, test for environmental hazards, analyze preexisting safety procedures and implement programs that increase employee safety, comfort and productivity. They also collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists, supply and monitor the use of safety equipment and PPEs (personal protective equipment), and maintain required documentation and environmental records.
Critical thinking, attention to detail, and the desire to help people are super important, as is time management and tech savvy. This position may require traveling to different facilities, and evaluating working conditions can be dangerous or stressful, often warranting the use of personal protective equipment like hard helmets, gloves and masks. Therefore, physical stamina and the ability to remain calm under pressure are key.
A bachelor’s degree in a safety-related field is preferred, and those interested in becoming managers might need a master’s. Occupational health and safety technicians might also wish to earn an industry certification, such as one from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), to increase their chances of promotion. The highest-paying employers for OHSTs are construction firms, manufacturing facilities, hospitals, and the government; top-paying states include the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Employment is projected to grow 7% by the year 2028.