A safety coordinator supervises the safety of a company’s workers. Their role is a combination of understanding legal safety requirements and setting standards for the company's workforce. The coordinator’s knowledge is used to help train workers to understand safety procedures and requirements.
It is also their duty to monitor working conditions and ensure rules are being followed, using methods such as doing floor checks or quizzing employees about their knowledge of the rules. In the event of problems, it is the coordinator’s job to file reports so that the issues may be fixed. If it’s considered necessary, they may also coordinate random drug tests. Safety coordinators must also take precautions against emergencies by setting up response plans to deal with fires or other hazards, as well as by running drills to practice for such situations. They may also create, plan, and post informational signs about potential emergencies. The safety coordinator also must be open to receiving safety concerns or complaints from workers either in person or anonymously.
The training required for a safety coordinator varies depending on the coordinator's field or area of specialty; for example, there are differences in the machines which the coordinator must know how to maximize safety. Experience conducting trainings is typically preferred.
Safety Coordinator Tasks
Supervise employee activities and inspect company equipment and property to ensure compliance with health and safety standards.
Handle accident reports, make sure records are properly filed, and identify strategies for preventing future accidents.
Conduct trainings informing employees of company health and safety plans and promoting safe practices.
Develop company health and safety plans and policies, and manage programs that ensure safe working conditions.