Safety consultants work in the industrial safety and health field; they may work in factories, construction sites, medical facilities, schools, and other large facilities that house potential human dangers. The duties of a safety consultant include inspecting machinery and safety gear to ensure their proper operation and workers' protection, as well as presenting safety information to employees and management. They are also in charge of applying knowledge related to industrial workplace hazards and accident prevention in their workplace and communicating with external resources such as hospitals, local fire departments, and rescue teams so that the proper emergency personnel are available in case of an accident.
Safety consultants review accident reports, document accidents using the proper forms and protocols, inspect facilities, engage in worker safety training, and conduct tests of environmental and workplace quality factors to comply with local, state, and federal laws regarding radiation, air quality, and other hazards. Additionally, these professionals research and present data related to employee accidents and hazards, as well as install or oversee the installation of safety devices and protective equipment. Safety consultants may work at one facility full time or be independent consultants to a variety of clients. They usually work during regular business hours.
The skills needed for safety consultants include the ability to evaluate technical information regarding workplace safety, proficiency with basic computer programs such as Microsoft Office software suite, the ability to identify threats, problem-solving abilities, and the ability to teach peers and subordinates safety skills in a concise manner. Safety consultants should also have excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as pay close attention to detail. A college education is generally not required for this position, but experience in safety positions and/or experience in high-risk work environments is often desired.
Safety Consultant Tasks
Investigate specific incidents and complaints to identify improvement strategies.
Provide risk assessments and training to reduce risk in various workplaces.
Inspect sites and identify potential OSHA and safety hazards, documenting recommendations.
Lead workshops and interventions to improve safety behaviors and equipment usage.