The basic duties performed by loss control consultants are based around conducting research and providing guidance to clients and potential clients related to cost control. This includes performing underwriting based on risk assessments, ranging from anticipated workplace-accident exposure to hazardous exposure for workers. In many cases, loss control consultants' jobs also include training and education for clients with the aim of helping to reduce future losses. Other basic tasks such as providing customer service and developing schedules may be necessary as well. To be effective, skills in communication, problem solving, risk analysis, and product management are essential for loss control consultants.
Much of the consultant's work is done indoors in an office environment. However, extensive travel may be required depending on clients' locations. Depending on the company and its size, loss control consultants may work in teams with other consultants or independently; in both cases, these professionals report to management and interact regularly with customers. Positions as a loss control consultant are commonly available at insurance groups.
The general minimum educational requirement for this position is a bachelor’s degree with no specific fields required, but some positions do have more detailed requirements based on the need for specialized applicants. Applicants typically also need a minimum of five years' experience working in loss control; senior-level loss control consultant positions are also sometimes available, which usually have higher experience requirements. Generally, no specific designations or certifications are required, but applicants who have received certification as a certified safety professional, certified engineering technician, or a related title may be preferred.
Loss Control Consultant Tasks
Conduct loss control surveys and evaluate risk.
Coordinate the time and date of the survey with the site representative.
Communicate regularly with home office staff to coordinate the completion of survey in the most cost effective and efficient manner.
Record on site observations in accordance with customer-specific requirements.
Prepare and write thorough survey report.