An occupational health and safety (OHS) specialist is responsible for reviewing, evaluating and analyzing work environments and ensuring that employers and employees alike are complying with the safety legislation in place. Job responsibilities of an OHS specialist include recommending new policies and measures to ensure that workers are protected from hazardous work environments, developing and maintaining workplace safety programs, collaborating with physicians and engineers to implement preventative measures to combat potentially hazardous conditions, investigating and reviewing workplace conditions to ensure the safety of workers, conducting safety training and educational programs for employees, and staying up-to-date with new legislation and developments in the health and safety sectors.
A bachelor's degree is required in order to be an OHS specialist. Helpful job skills include strong critical thinking skills, active listening, good communication skills (both verbal and written), ability to problem-solve, decision-making skills, ability to work independently, and knowledge of health and safety standards. The future job market outlook for an OHS specialist is strong and increasing.