Safety officers are responsible for monitoring activities in the workplace and ensuring that nobody is violating safety regulations. The essential aim of their job is to minimize occupational injuries, accidents, and health problems. Their job requires more than simply watching the behavior of coworkers and correcting unsafe conduct; they must also provide employees with safety training to ensure that they are fully aware of safety standards. This may involve circulating reading and instructional material on the matter, as well as running or organizing educational programs.
Often, a company will have safety policies that are even stricter than governmental regulations, so it's important for safety officers to know the complete minimum requirements for their company and to educate staff appropriately. Along with inspecting and training colleagues, they may also be required to inspect and replace safety equipment, which varies depending on the nature of their work. They must also be able to manage their fellow employees in case there is a safety emergency.
Safety officers can work in a wide variety of fields, not just those involving physical labor or hazardous work. Their hours are typically full-time during a regular working week. They must communicate thoroughly with many people, which can include employers, fellow employees, and trade unions. Their work can be either indoor or outdoor, depending on the nature of the industry. Required accreditation for safety officers can vary depending on the state in which they work, but a health and safety certification is typically required. A bachelor's degree in a related field is often required.
Safety Officer Tasks
Develop, train others, enforce, and audit safety standards and regulations.
Document safety policies, training, regulations, compliance, and adverse events.
Conduct walkthroughs and formal audits to evaluate safety needs and policies.
Monitor equipment moves and maintenance, and make changes to procedures.