A chief safety officer creates safety policies and ensures their implementation in company operations. This is a leadership position, so many years of experience in the related field and experience supervising others may need to be demonstrated. The chief safety officer should analyze all departments related to the company and make sure that they are adhering to company safety policies.
When problems with the safety of operations are detected, the CSO should come up with a plan in order to minimize this risk. If large safety problems arise, the CSO will have to work to analyze what went wrong and what can be done in order to prevent the occurrence from ever happening again. The officer should also detect gaps in training needs and determine what needs to be taught to employees in order to create a better safety record. The chief safety officer will need to carry out research in order to determine the best safety policy possible and should account for developments within the field. The officer should make sure that all safety policies adhere to guidelines within the field, as well as the law of the land. The CSO may also be tasked with coming up with disciplinary actions for employees when they are not adhering to safety guidelines.
This is mainly an administrative job where reports are analyzed in order to determine strengths and weaknesses in the safety policy and safety operations. However, some on field analyses must be carried out in order to adequately create a company safety policy. Generally a bachelor’s degree in a field such as business administration or project management is needed.