A health and safety manager is responsible for maintaining organizational standards of health and safety; they also may oversee a health and safety department. A health and safety manager must make sure that all codes and regulations are followed. They are responsible for a number of other duties if they are in a managerial role, such as training, scheduling, firing, and leading their health and safety team. Computer skills are necessary, as most health and safety managers must be able to type and run various company reports.
Health and safety managers may be standing or sitting for long periods of time, depending on their daily duties. It is important they maintain a positive demeanor, cooperate with colleagues, and work well in a team environment. They may need to be able to lift from 25 to 50 pounds, as the need to lift and move boxes and other small- to medium-size packages will arise from time to time.
The position of health and safety manager usually requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a related field. Some employers may require experience in a similar experience.
Health and Safety Manager Tasks
- Educate, train, and provide support to operations in the development and execution of consistent safety and environmental management programs.
- Direct accident investigation programs, develop accident trends, and develop programs for improving performance.
- Ensure compliance with all safety and environmental programs.
- Direct a proactive safety and environmental program.
- Improve the quality of safety and environmental management processes following established regulations, policies, standards, and practices.