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Occupational health and safety specialists must have a bachelor's degree and receive moderate on-the-job training that is specific to their specialty. Good communication skills are necessary to express safety instructions and concerns to employees and managers and to work with technicians in collecting samples of possible hazards. Health and safety specialists need to be detail oriented and to possess physical stamina in order to stand for long periods and sometimes work in uncomfortable surroundings. They also need problem-solving skills to deal with unsafe conditions and threats to the environment, and technical skills to work with complex testing equipment. Like other safety and health workers, safety specialists must be dependable, cooperative, and persistent to achieve their goals. Perhaps most important is a concern for others, whether fellow employees or members of the general public, who depend on health and safety specialists to keep their workplaces safe and secure from threats to their health.

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