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Safety Inspector

Overview: Safety inspectors inspect machines, electro-mechanical systems, chemical manufacturing processes, etc., in factories, labs, and other work sites to assure safety standards are met. They investigate accident causes to determine if equipment redesign or employee training is needed.
Duties: They inspect machinery, manufacturing processes and equipment used by workers to assure that their design and usage comply with Federal, Occupational, Safety and Health Act regulations.

They observe workers to determine if they are properly using the required safety equipment such as glasses, helmets, goggles, radiation protection equipment, etc.

They test working areas for noise levels, toxic gases or substances and radiation and other hazards using decibel meters, gas detectors, light meters and Geiger counters.

They investigate accidents and decide what design changes or worker training programs are needed to prevent future accidents. Design worker and management training programs for safe working practices.

Degree(s): A.S. Environmental Science 
Job Outlook: Employment of safety inspectors is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. More Inspectors will be needed to cope with technological advances in safety equipment and threats, changing regulations, and increasing public expectations. In private industry, employment growth will reflect overall business growth and continuing self-enforcement of government and company regulations and policies.
Starting Salary: Salaries in manufacturing firms and management consulting firms, are higher than in government agencies.
Salary Range (National Average): $37,000 to $42,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: A bachelor's or associate degree in safety or industrial engineering and a strong background in environmental health sciences is the ideal educational background for this occupation. Courses in ergonomics or human factors engineering, industrial psychology and statistics are helpful. Certification by passing a written examination is required in many states.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.