Who is a Safety Officer

A safety officer, also known as HSE Officer (Health, Safety & Environment Officer), EHS Officer (Environmental, Health & Safety Officer), SHE Officer (Safety, Health & Environment Officer), OHS Officer (Occupational Health & Safety), etc. It is a key professional in the work environment who provide safety management, advice, monitoring, and reporting in the workplace, and engage staff in programs that ensure safe practice in the workplace.

Typical Safety Officer Requirements and Qualifications

  • Years of experience as a Safety Officer or similar role
  • Excellent knowledge of legislations and procedures
  • Excellent knowledge of potentially hazardous materials or practices
  • Years of experience in producing reports
  • Experience with writing policies and procedures for health and safety
  • Familiarity with conducting data analysis and reporting statistics
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Working knowledge of safety management information system
  • Outstanding organizational skills
  • Critical thinker and problem-solving skills
  • Team player
  • Good time-management skills
  • Great interpersonal and communication skills
  • BSc/BA in safety management or similar field
  • Certificate in occupational health and safety, etc.

Note: Safety Officer Requirement could vary between countries and organizations.

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Duties of a Safety Officer

  1. The Safety Officer is responsible for monitoring and assessing hazardous and unsafe situations.
  2. Developing measures to assure personnel safety.
  3. Correct unsafe acts or conditions through the regular line of authority.
  4. May exercise emergency authority to prevent or stop unsafe acts when immediate action is required.
  5. The Safety Officer maintains awareness of active and developing situations.
  6. Ensures there are safety messages in each Incident Action Plan.
  7. Participate in planning meetings to identify any health and safety concerns inherent in the operations daily work-plan.
  8. Review the Incident Action Plan for safety implications.
  9. Investigate accidents that have occurred within incident areas.
  10. Ensure preparation and implementation of Site Safety and Health Plan (SSHP).
  11. Inspects the site to ensure it is a hazard-free environment.
  12. Conducts toolbox meetings.
  13. A HSE Officer is part of the project safety council and leads all efforts to enhance safety.
  14. The safety officer reviews and approves all subcontractors safety plans.
  15. Verifies that injury logs and reports are completed and submitted to related government agencies.
  16. Verifies that all tools and equipment are adequate and safe for use.
  17. Promotes safe practices at the job site.
  18. Enforces safety guidelines.
  19. Trains and carries out drills and exercises on how to manage emergency situations.
  20. Conducts investigations of all accidents and near-misses.
  21. Reports to concerned authorities as requested or mandated by regulations.
  22. Conducts job hazard analysis.
  23. Establishes safety standards and policies as needed.
  24. Watches out for the safety of all workers and works to protect them from entering hazardous situations.
  25. Responds to employees’ safety concerns.
  26. Coordinates registration and removal of hazardous waste.
  27. Serves as the link between state and local agencies and contractors.
  28. Receives reports from and responds to orders issued by Department of Labor.
  29. Arranges for OSHA mandated testing and/or evaluations of the workplace by external agencies/consultants.
  30. Support the development of OHS policies and programs.
  31. Advise and instruct on various safety-related topics (noise levels, use of machinery etc.).
  32. Conduct risk assessment and enforce preventative measures.
  33. Review existing policies and measures and update according to legislation.
  34. Initiate and organize OHS training of employees and executives.
  35. Inspect premises and the work of personnel to identify issues or non-conformity (e.g. not using protective equipment)
  36. Oversee installations, maintenance, disposal of substances etc.
  37. Stop any unsafe acts or processes that seem dangerous or unhealthy
  38. Record and investigate incidents to determine causes and handle worker’s compensation claims
  39. Prepare reports on occurrences and provide statistical information to upper management.
  40. Carry out PTW Monitoring and review
  41. Carry out portable electrical equipment inspection
  42. Carry out lifting equipment and accessories inspection and certification.
  43. Review site emergency management plan
  44. Assess working platform and certify them before use like  scaffolds, tressels, suspended platform
  45. Discover training needs and communicate with management
  46. Ensure proper storage and labeling of hazardous materials.
  47. Ensure proper traffic management within the site and outside in cases of road work.
  48. Ensure proper waste management (Waste segregation, storage and disposal)
  49. Choose qualified suppliers, and contractors for different activities within the site who meets the companies contractors policy.

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By Ubong Edet

A passionate Health and Safety professional with a good level of field experience and relevant certifications including NEBOSH, OSHA, ISO, etc certifications. An Health and Safety activist who believes in the growth and continual improvement of the profession. He is going all out to create awareness and safe precious lives.

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