Safety Technicians

Written by Shirley Parker
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Safety technicians work in many fields, so it's difficult to find a comprehensive job description that would fit all circumstances. However, all seem to require knowledge of algebra, trigonometry, chemistry and physics as a foundation for working as a safety technician, regardless of the field. A minimum two-year degree in manufacturing or other technology may be required for an entry-level position. They must have good reading and writing skills and be able to comprehend technical manuals.

Product Safety Technicians maintain the equipment used in testing. They also conduct tests and document results, helping to evaluate potential health hazards, if products were to be misused. They collect and analyze data and assist with investigations into what caused an accident or illness claimed to have been caused by the product.

Health and Safety Technicians are certified differently. Once they are employed in a particular field, they may attend additional training to increase their knowledge of technical safety, industrial hygiene, recognition of hazards, and so forth. Part of their training may include hazardous noise measurements, industrial ventilation, mobile equipment safety, fall protection, and leadership philosophy.

Veterans Career Training Paths

Many Veterans gained much useful knowledge about hazardous materials while serving in the armed forces. When they return to civilian life, those skills can be expanded upon, if the interest is still there. Veterans Benefits Approved Schools offer classes and training programs that enhance credentials and expand qualifications for entry into various career fields. Students must attend all sessions of required courses and participate in hands-on segments, just like any other student. Written tests generally require a 70 percent or better grade to pass.


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