Security officers evaluate safety concerns in workplaces, monitor workers for adherence to proper safety procedures, make reports regarding safety to present to management and research safety issues to create create safety policies. They also develop safety standards to meet the needs of the business or industry they serve while meeting regulations. Once the standards are created, the officer trains others in the workplace on the standards. Safety officers monitor workers and ensure that they are behaving in a safe manner, and they coach others when needed to ensure optimum safety and compliance to the standard.
The safety officer is responsible for periodic auditing of safety practices to ensure they are following prescribed goals and are avoiding any potential health hazards and regulatory problems. Documentation is a vital part of safety officers' roles: They do everything from creating complete documents regarding safety policies that others can easily follow to creating detailed reports regarding safety practices to highlight areas that need improvement. The work involved is both physical and mental depending on the nature of the specific tasks being performed.
Many types of industries or businesses need safety officers, so they can be found in many places. Most safety officer positions require career experience in a similar role with at least a high school diploma or GED; the specifics depend on the career level and industry. The hours that a safety officer works depend on the needs of the business they serve, whenever the business is open and employees are present, safety personnel are generally present.
Safety Officer Tasks
- Conduct walkthroughs and formal audits to evaluate safety needs and policies.
- Monitor equipment moves and maintenance, and make changes to procedures.
- Develop, train others, enforce, and audit safety standards and regulations.
- Document safety policies, training, regulations, compliance, and adverse events.