A safety coordinator is responsible for monitoring the working conditions at a mid to large sized company to ensure that all activity is compliant with state and federal safety regulations. The job description of a safety coordinator involves enforcing company health and safety guidelines, inspecting workspaces and products to ensure they are up to safety standards, and providing workplace safety training.
A safety coordinator leads safety-training seminars for employees, designs effective methods of measuring safety standards in the workplace, and conducts safety inspections on a routine basis.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Safety Coordinator
•Trains employees in safety procedures.
•Designs methods for appraising safety conditions in warehouses, factories, or offices.
•Inspects working conditions to ensure all products and activities are compliant with safety guidelines.
•Oversees use of dangerous chemicals and machinery.
•Writes up reports detailing inspection process.
•Suggests revisions to production methods and employee activity that does not meet health and safety codes.
•Recalls defective and unsafe products and machinery.
•Orders safety gear and supplies for workplace.
•Stays up to date on new state and federal health and safety regulations.
•Runs emergency drills to gauge employee readiness.
•Consults with company manager regarding the implementation of new safety procedures.
•Addresses any workplace-related health issues and accidents.
•Processes workers compensation documentation.
•Works with legal department to address any health and safety-related lawsuits.
•Writes and revises company safety handbook.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
•Demonstrates broad knowledge of state and federal safety guidelines for the workplace.
•Exhibits knowledge of appropriate emergency protocols.
•Possesses knowledge of legal repercussions of workplace accidents.
•Is able to read and interpret dense legal and federal OHSA documents.
•Demonstrates familiarity with job site machinery and products.
•Possesses strong leadership skills.
•Communicates clearly and effectively.
•Pays close attention to detail.
•Exhibits strong organizational skills.
•Possesses solid problem-solving and analytical abilities.
•Is proficient in the use of word processing programs.
•Works well with a team.
•Possesses strong writing skills.
•Demonstrates ability to remain calm and cool-headed in the event of an emergency.
Education and Experience
•Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Health & Safety, Safety Management, or related field is required.
•OHSA certification is required.
•Previous work experience in the health and safety field is required.
•Management experience is preferred.
•Time will be spent on the job site monitoring conditions and inspecting products.
•Time will also be spent in an office setting processing paperwork.
•Job sites may be hazardous or pose serious threats in emergency situations.
•Proper safety gear must be worn at all times.
•Local travel to satellite offices may be required.
•Standard 40-hour workweek applies.
•The average salary for a safety coordinator is approximately $55,000 per year.
•Salaries can range from $45,000 to $150,000 per year depending on years of experience, company profile, and educational background.