The Occupational Health and Safety Officers play an important role in many environments as they assess and ensure the efficient enforcement of health and safety procedures. The main role of a safety officer to enforce safety controls, provide advice on how to prevent workplace accidents and occupational health management strategies for managers and employees.
In unfortunate cases where accidents occur, the role of the Health and Safety Officer leads the investigations, identify causes and advises on improvements in the standards that need to be implemented. The role of a Safety Officer is also to liaise with external agencies and internal staff regarding health and safety officers.
People who are looking for Safety Officer Jobs need to have a BTEC Higher National Certificate or a Diploma (HNC/HND) or a degree. People in the industry report a high level of job satisfaction as most people begin in junior roles and work their way up the proverbial ladder to supervisory and management positions and experience. One of the key jobs are as a Safety Representative on-site and look forward to developing their career over a period of two years. The key tasks for an Occupational Safety Officer is as follows:
- He/she is expected to promote Occupational Health and Safety in the organisation and developing safer and healthy ways in working
- Inspecting and testing machinery including lifting devices, machine shields and scaffolding
- Ensuring that personnel use the right kind of equipment, dust masks, safety glasses, footwear, safety helmets and ensuring that regulations are adhered to
- Ensuring that dangerous materials are stored correctly, identifying test work areas for potential accidents and health hazards including toxic fumes and explosive gas-air mixtures and implementing control measures
- The individual also plays an important supervisory role in investigations, conducting training workshops, studying causes and suggesting remedies and in coordinating emergency procedures and drills
- In the case of injured workers, they assist in the rehabilitation process, study possible causes and recommend remedial injuries
- Liaising with management concerning the status of the Occupational Health and Safety Program
- Developing occupational health and safety systems as well as the appropriate policies, procedures and manuals