A health and safety coordinator spends much of their time observing and auditing the procedures and activities within a company to ensure that they meet company guidelines, and, possibly, state and federal requirements. They may complete inspections to ensure compliance, conduct in-services to educate employees, and maintain documentation of those activities. They are also responsible for compiling data and reports for management and the appropriate authorities.
Health and safety coordinators must have an understanding of all of the jobs that they are observing within a company. They work with process writers or quality-assurance personnel to develop procedures that meet guidelines. They also work with management to ensure that those guidelines are implemented and enforced.
Aside from ensuring compliance, one of the health and safety coordinator's primary goals is to ensure worker safety. These coordinators report to senior management within their organization. They also report on behalf of the company to their state department of occupational health and safety.
Health and safety coordinators may work primarily during the normal business hours; however, the need to deliver information to employees may require them to work weekends or evenings to be available to staff. These coordinators work in a variety of environments, including business offices, warehouses, plants, and construction sites.
Most companies require health and safety coordinators to have at least an associate’s degree in safety, industrial hygiene, business, or a related field. They also require some experience in regulatory compliance and reporting. It is helpful to have first-responder experience and strong communication skills, both verbal and written, for reporting and delivering content to the employees.
Health and Safety Coordinator Tasks
- Analyze work environment for unsafe work procedures and hazards.
- Provide health and safety training to all employees.
- Recommend changes to work conditions and procedures to improve the work environment and comply with all health and safety regulations.
- Inspect work environment to ensure compliance with all health and safety regulations.
- Report safety violations and injuries to the appropriate authorities.