Environmental health and safety advisors typically work in the industrial, manufacturing, and construction industries, as well as for local, state, and federal government agencies. These advisors are tasked with the development, implementation, and oversight of work safety programs and procedures. Health and safety advisors help maintain safe work environments by identifying and correcting possible safety hazards, testing and maintaining safety equipment (such as harnesses and eye wash stations), responding to and rectifying any safety or health incidences on work sites, and conducting safety training for other employees. Consistent and accurate record keeping of employee training, incident reports, and ongoing safety programs is also required. The position requires work in both office and field settings, meaning that travel is usually required. Outside of time spent traveling, these advisors typically work during regular business hours.
Given the range of required tasks, the position requires good communication skills, the ability to collaborate and work with others, the ability to provide detailed and thorough analysis of problems and solutions, and basic computer knowledge. An understanding of state and federal safety and environmental guidelines is helpful, if not required, to ensure company compliance with all state and federal regulations. Education requirements can vary from an associate’s degree in safety environmental science to a master's or doctoral degree in a related field. The position may also require certifications in related areas such as first aid, OSHA training, and CSP (certified safety professional) certification.