What does a Safety Leader do?

A safety manager works to prevent workplace accidents and promotes health and safety awareness and education to fellow employees. They are responsible for making sure that employees follow health and safety laws and creating policies for a safer work environment. They must take measures to identify potential workplace hazards and improve existing conditions.

You must have at least a bachelor's degree in Safety Management or a related field to work as a safety manager. Risk management and health and safety management certification are often required. You must be knowledgeable of company, state and federal workplace health and safety laws. You must also be able to assess potential hazards and act safely and quickly in the event of an incident.

  • Create and implement workplace health and safety plans and procedures
  • Evaluate health and safety practice and procedures for risk assessment and following legal guidelines
  • Conduct accident prevention training and health and safety training
  • Inspect equipment for unsafe workplace conditions
  • Monitor employee conformity to safety laws and policies
  • Investigate accidents and incidents to find cause and take prevention measures for further incidents
  • Handle worker's compensation claims in the event of a workplace accident
  • Suggest solutions, improvements and prevention steps for safety issues
  • Certified in risk management and health/safety management
  • Thorough knowledge of health and safety laws and guidelines
  • Extensive attention to detail to distinguish safety hazards
  • Ability to provide detailed reports and develop safety procedures
  • Good understanding of data analysis and risk assessment
  • Good organizational, leadership and motivational skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to recognize when safety conditions need improvement
  • Ability to prioritize tasks especially when handling an accident or incident
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Safety Leader Salaries

Average Base Pay

$92,384 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $92K
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Safety Leader Career Path

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The most common qualifications to become a leader of safety is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.