49 Essential Duties of a Safety Officer

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Duties of a Safety Officer

The Duties of a Safety Officer varies depending on the company, organization, sector, etc.

This article will list to you some of the major Duties of a Safety Officer you may come in contact with while working as a Safety Officer in any organization or when attending and interview for the post of a Safety Officer.

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Are you preparing to work as a Safety Officer in any organization/establishment?

Then keep yourself abreast with these duties.

You may be ask in your next interview, so read it carefully to assimilate it.

49 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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  1. Mr.Edet, I thank you kindly for such an informal summary of needed information. I just received my OSHA 30, I have about 10 years construction experience with labor or post construction clean-up. I was just asked to be a part of the Safety Personnel Team, how can I prepare myself for such a rewarding task?

    • With the OSHA 30 and a construction experience, you have acquired some specialized information to act in the said role. Since you will be working as a part of a team, you will learn on the job.

      Some specific information:
      – Get to understand the company’s HSE policy
      – Understand the organogram
      – Ask of your job description as part of the team.
      – Plan to enroll for NEBOSH IGC
      – Be open to learn, and ask questions.

  2. Toolbox meetings is operations, should be the responsibility of “operations” team leader Although, safety officer participates and provide inputs on the safety aspects..

    • It is not a standing other, instead it all depends on the organizational structure. There are lots of organizations where toolbox meetings are anchored by a Safety personnel.

      Thanks for the reaction.

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