Food Safety Specialist Overview

What does a Food Safety Specialist do?

Safety coordinators work to ensure that other employees at their company can complete their work safely. They set safety standards for their workplace based on legal requirements and train employees to help them understand these rules. Safety coordinators also monitor working conditions and resolve any safety issues that may arise. They typically work in industrial settings, including factories, construction sites and workshops.

To successfully work in this role, you should have an understanding of how the machinery and other equipment in your company operates. Some jobs may require that applicants be registered as Certified Safety Professionals (CSP). To receive this certification, you must have a bachelor's degree and four years of work experience as a safety officer before passing the CSP exam. Safety officers typically have good communication and critical thinking skills as well.

What responsibilities are common for Food Safety Specialist jobs?
  • Create and implement safety plans while ensuring that they are being followed daily
  • Conduct safety observation reports on a regular basis, depending on the length of the project
  • Attend safety walks and inspections before or during each project to analyze safety risks
  • Educate employees on safety standards and expectations as well as safe machinery operation
  • Provide recommendations for improving safety in the workplace
  • Investigate accidents that occur onsite and identify possible causes of the accident
  • Maintain documentation of the company's safety procedures, accidents and related events
  • Act as a liaison between management and external safety agencies, such as fire and insurance personnel
What are the typical qualifications for Food Safety Specialist jobs?
  • Bachelor's degree in health and safety or a related field may be preferred
  • Registration as a Certified Safety Professional or similar form of licensure as a safety officer
  • Experience with PowerPoint, Excel and auditor safety software
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and presentation
  • Understanding of federal, state and city safety requirements, including OSHA
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and priorities at the same time while meeting deadlines
  • Interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish effective professional relationships with employees and project managers
  • Understanding of how to read blueprints and other construction plans preferred in some fields
  • Leadership skills, such as the ability to motivate a team and provide feedback
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
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Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Food Safety Specialist Salaries near India

Average Base Pay

₹5,20,000 /yr
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Food Safety Specialist Career Path

Learn how to become a Food Safety Specialist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Aashray Design ConsultantsAashray Design Consultants
Site Coordinator
3 Jun 2023

“I got the oppertunity to have experience in my job profile and I got good project manager and mentor”

Cal Poly PomonaCal Poly Pomona
Health and Safety Assistant
4 Jun 2021

“Good way to make money if you live on campus and don't have a car.”

Communities In SchoolsCommunities In Schools
Site Coordinator
18 Jul 2022

“If you're just looking for a job as a mom not necessarily needing income or benefits this is great.”

Employment Manager
2 Aug 2021

“UPS promoted from within when I was there so there were many opportunities to advance.”

Curative, Inc.Curative, Inc.
Site Lead
24 Jul 2023

“Pay was decent $25/hr and worked in AC and heat was nice”

Costing Specialist
10 Nov 2022

“And good for fresh grad if you want to expand your career”

Site Lead
3 Dec 2021

“Good pay and shift pattern was good.”

New Hampshire IndustriesNew Hampshire Industries
Safety Coordinator
7 Sept 2022

“I have many years of experience in production and this is by far the best company.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Food Safety Specialist

When working as a Food Safety Specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Written Communication, Business Writing, English Language and Office Applications.

The most similar professions to Food Safety Specialist are:
  • Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • EHS Specialist
  • Safety Manager

The most common qualifications to become a Food Safety Specialist 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.

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