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all about about health and safety coordinator jobs

Health and safety plays an important role in all types of companies. While many assume the role of health and safety coordinator is limited to industrial or manufacturing, it is an important role within the human resources department of all companies.

You monitor workplace processes, protocols, and structures and develop policies for workplace safety. You are well versed in occupational health and safety laws and regulations, and will be the health and safety champion within your organization.

what health and safety coordinator jobs entail

Health and safety coordinator roles vary from company to company. Some may work in an office setting, whereas others will spend a lot of time travelling to various company offices and locations. Health and safety coordinators typically report to a senior manager in human resources. Some days are spent working 9-5, while others involve onsite inspections, safety training, and meeting with employees and management across the organization.

average health and safety coordinator salaries

The average salary for health and safety coordinators in Canada, across all industries, is about $54,000 annually. You can expect a starting salary of approximately $40,000 per year and, with experience, you can expect to make up to $75,000 per year. Specialization within a specific industry or area of health and safety can help improve salary.

your day to day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will be a combination of consulting, reporting, and communicating with all parties in your organization about health and safety policies, issues, and risk mitigation. Some of the tasks you can expect to deal with daily include the following:

  • advising on how to minimize risks
  • developing and implementing health and safety policies
  • enforcing health and safety policies
  • managing the accident reporting and investigation process
  • overseeing reporting on workplace injuries and corrective actions
  • providing health and safety training
  • working with health and safety regulators to ensure the company is compliant with all laws and regulations

where you can work

Health and safety coordinators can work for all types of companies in industries across Canada. Positions are most common in manufacturing, construction, retail, and production based companies where there is great risk for health and safety issues (for example, working with heavy machinery; working in strenuous environments). More opportunities exist in regions with a large manufacturing and construction industry presence.

what you bring to the table

Health and safety coordinators have a diverse skill set that include human resources, business, law, and specialized health and safety knowledge. Some of the many required skills for this position include the following:

  • interpersonal skills
  • advocacy and leadership skills
  • specialized knowledge in health and safety laws
  • strong computer proficiency
  • a passion for health and safety
  • a strong team player
  • strong presentation and public speaking skills
  • the ability to make difficult decisions in stressful situations
Additional skills and knowledge may be required based on the company you work for and the industry in which your role takes place.

training and certifications

A degree or diploma in occupational health and safety is required for health and safety coordinator roles. Some professionals have a degree in human resources with a specialization in health and safety or have a post graduate diploma in health and safety. It is also important to obtain the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. Some companies may require additional industry specific certification. Training may be provided once hired.

Current and continuous occupational health and safety legislation knowledge and education will be required. Expect to stay up to date with new laws and to take professional development courses in this area as part of your role.

where your career is headed

Health and safety coordinators commonly move up to health and safety manager roles with experience. There are also many related health and safety roles. Some move on to specialize in a particular area of health and safety, while others get involved in health and safety law, or work as a health and safety trainer or advocate.

If you are exploring health and safety coordinator career options, contact Randstad Canada. We’ll help you with your job search. Is your company looking for an experienced health and safety coordinator? We can help you find the perfect candidate for your organization.

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