Health and Safety InspectorJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Health and Safety Inspectors are specially trained individuals who walk around restaurants, stores, factories, and other places of business and take notes of what’s going on. These people make sure that businesses are following the proper health regulations and protocols so that their workers and customers stay safe. 

Health and safety inspectors also investigate any accidents that happen in the workplace so they can come up with a plan on what needs to be improved. They may inspect food, product, and fire regulations to ensure each business meets federal, state, and local requirements. Most inspectors will need to have a great understanding of EPA, OSHA, MSHA, and DOT regulations to make sure businesses are obeying these regulations. Health and safety inspectors should have a passion for creating plans and finding solutions to difficult problems.

Sample job description #1

Duties and responsibilities

  • Identify and report data for Client/Project safety, health, environmental, and quality activities
  • Identify and report Client/Project Performance Indicators (KPIs) where health, safety, and quality are concerned
  • Responsible for developing, monitoring, and reporting compliance activities
  • Submits daily reports for review and approval
  • Perform complex studies and analyze data to identify process improvement opportunities
  • Continuous monitoring of all projects related activities to ensure alignment with and adherence to all Health & Safety, Quality and Environmental Management systems and plans
  • Review of all contractors submitted safety, health, environmental, and quality plans prior to construction, ensuring plans adequately cover Client/Project requirements and then monitor activity for adherence to approved plans
  • Attend construction kick-off meetings to encourage and enforce compliance to Client/Project SHEQ requirements and conduct site visits to monitor compliance activities on all projects
  • Facilitate safety meetings with both internal and external personnel, training of SOP’s and various miscellaneous initiatives as requested. This includes development and presentation of material to support training, initiatives, etc.
  • Assist project Managers in the development of all project QMS/EMS documentation
  • Regularly visit active project construction sites to ensure compliance to all project safety, quality, and environmental requirements
  • Provide advice to contractor(s) on health & safety, quality, and environmental issues
  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources, and conduct and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures
  • Understands, trains, and enforces “Stop Work” principle
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs

Required qualifications

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 11 years experience in project safety, health, environment, and/or quality is required
  • Specific experience working in field with various construction disciplines
  • Experience with long, linear utility transmission construction
  • Capable interpersonal and communication skills when interacting with others, expressing ideas effectively and professionally to a technical and non-technical audience
  • Effective self-leadership with attention to detail, results orientation, and managing multiple priorities in a dynamic work environment
  • Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety, drug/alcohol, and harassment policies
  • Ability to work schedules conducive to project-specific requirements that may extend beyond the typical workweek
  • This position is subject to and contingent upon client approval of candidates put forth for consideration by WSP

Preferred qualifications

  • Associate or Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3+ years construction safety experience with a diverse project background.
  • 3+ years of experience working on underground high voltage transmission lines
  • Completed an OSHA 30 Hour Outreach Construction Course
  • CSP or CUSP certification

Additional requirements

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions

Sample job description #2


Under the general supervision of higher-level staff, the EHS Inspector develops and implements laboratory, monitoring, testing, and administrative duties to ensure CSWR’s compliance with applicable federal, state, and local regulatory agency requirements pertaining to water and wastewater.

Essential functions

  • Track and prepare reports on all permits and environmental compliance testing across CSWR’s wastewater and drinking water systems
  • Prepare proper documentation for all permit renewals
  • Act as liaison on behalf of CSWR with local, state, and federal regulatory governing agencies
  • Track progress and completion on all permit compliance schedules, terms and conditions, tasks, and dates of standard operating procedures for CSWR and for all CSWR vendors
  • Assist with CMMS service area buildouts
  • Assist with CMMS GIS mapping
  • Support Auditors in completing the CSWR required site visits
  • Participate in all CSWR safety training
  • Coordinate with the O&M Partner on the following:
  • Work with regional manager on Annual review of emergency response plans developed for each facility
  • Runs reports and track violations with the regulatory database that has been established for all CSWR sites
  • Partake in the monthly operations meetings that are held with contractors to review any monthly violations
  • Ensure that proper sampling schedules are established within the CMMS so that sampling requirements are completed
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and related regulatory guidelines pertaining to water and wastewater; procedures, practices, and regulations of water and wastewater sampling; standard methods, techniques, and equipment used in the field sampling and laboratory testing of water and wastewater
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques for facility inspections
  • The basic principles and techniques of organic chemistry and microbiology and related water and wastewater treatment principles and practices
  • Ability to conduct sampling and testing of water and wastewater
  • Work in compliance with CSWR policies and guidelines at all times
  • All other duties as assigned

Education and experience required

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5 plus years of water/wastewater utility experience
  • Advanced level knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite

Sample job description #3

The incumbent is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and providing Safety inspections for all assigned utility/facility/area.

Essential duties and job functions:

  • Assists in Implementing and maintaining the corporate safety program
  • Plans, organizes, and provides Safety inspections for all assigned utilities/facilities/areas
  • Identifies and works compliance issues as they apply to the functional operation of this contract
  • Implements and helps maintain the Safety Plans that are tailored to the contract and encompass all facets of the functional operation of the contract
  • Inspects work for discrepancies in accordance with the Safety plan and contract requirements
  • Conducts inspections of contract functions to ensure compliance with the Performance Work Statement (PWS)
  • Completes necessary inspection reports and documentation required to support findings
  • Focuses on maintaining a safety compliant workplace
  • Helps maintain the CMMS, its associated databases and update as required to provide for accurate reports regarding Safety status
  • Assists in developing & disseminating plans and procedures for the Safety programs and/or operating policies
  • Assists in reviewing site work to verify compliance in accordance with applicable plans, procedures, guides, and regulations
  • Assists in preparing incident reports and document analysis, cause/effect, and actions taken (photos as required)
  • Assists in monitoring the performance of subcontractors with respect to safety
  • Assists in the development of a pollution prevention program (as required)
  • Plans and organizes work to meet schedules and timelines in an environment with constantly changing priorities
  • Responds to emergency site maintenance as required or requested
  • Originates necessary documents, forms, reports, etc. and queries various computer work systems to extract information concerning projects, materials, or services

Accountable for

  • The proper use of tools and equipment commonly used in the Safety Inspector field
  • Completing all mandated training requirements per government and management directives
  • Timely and cost-effective performance of duties
  • Timely completion and accuracy of all departmental work
  • Dealing with a variety of people in a professional, courteous manner in diversified situations
  • Adherence to established company safety policies and good industrial and office safety practices
  • Compliance with company Standard Operating Procedures and Personnel policies and procedures
  • Having the ability to work well under pressure

Desired skills and experience

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Two (2) years previous experience working as a safety inspector
  • Valid state driver’s license with acceptable driving record
  • Ability to successfully pass any background checks, security checks, and/or drug testing required on the contract
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Associates degree in Safety or Environmental Field
  • Completion of the OSHA 30-hour safety class or equivalent within the last five years
  • Current SECRET Security Clearance

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a health and safety inspector is $85,600 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$85,150$115,200
Los Angeles, California$96,050$129,950
Denver, Colorado$80,050$108,300
Washington, DC$97,500$131,900
Miami, Florida$79,650$107,800
Orlando, Florida$73,500$99,400
Tampa, Florida$74,200$100,400
Atlanta, Georgia$77,850$105,350
Chicago, Illinois$89,500$121,100
Boston, Massachusetts$96,750$130,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$77,150$104,350
New York City, New York$101,850$137,800
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$82,950$112,200
Dallas, Texas$80,750$109,250
Houston, Texas$80,050$108,300
Seattle, Washington$93,150$126,000
National Average$72,750$98,450

Sample interview questions

  • What skills and qualities do you have that make you a good health and safety inspector? 
  • What credentials do you have that qualify you for this job?
  • Where do you see your career heading in the next five years?
  • What responsibilities did you have in your prior job?
  • How do you keep up to date with the latest advances in health and safety? 
  • How do you get workers and staff to follow your safety recommendations?
  • Tell me about your process for inspecting a workplace and recommending corrections for improved safety.
  • How do you make sure the facility is operating in a way that complies with regulatory standards?
  • How do you handle non-compliant workers?
  • What is your process for investigating incidents and accidents in the workplace?
  • How do you present safety information to workers and staff? 

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