Construction safety officers are responsible for coordinating safety tasks in construction environments for their organizations and ensuring that safety conditions and regulations are followed at all times. They should work well with other safety officers to share information and supervise construction processes and also follow strict safety regulations to prevent accidents before, during, and after construction.
Construction safety officers must have strong communication skills to explain safety guidelines, documentation, and protection gear, and they often use steel-toed boots, gloves, and goggles to protect their bodies. They must ensure that all workers use the same items and other protection gear and vests when handling specialized equipment, and they also communicate regularly with federal agencies to stay up-to-date on a range of safety issues. Construction safety officers work together with architects and construction managers to verify that all structures are solid and pose no dangers, and they use a personal computer to create reports based on their observations and recommend changes to construction management. They may also attend safety training to stay educated about these safety procedures.
Construction safety officers may conduct orientations for new employees on how to handle tools and what to do when an accident occurs. They must report any issues to the construction manager on-site and also perform regular safety evaluations to identify potentially dangerous situations. These safety officers should develop strong business relationships with vendors to verify that all tools employed in the construction meet security standards, and they are also responsible for communicating with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to gather information and requirements and resolve issues as needed. A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement for this position, and prior work experience in construction is highly beneficial. Safety and construction certifications are also helpful.
Construction Safety Officer Tasks
Design and implement site safety plans in compliance with law and contract obligations.
Meet with interested parties and government bodies to develop compliance plans and / or explain potential liabilities.
Perform site inspections and investigate non-compliance claims.