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.