Safety Officer
Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZA
3d ago


Safety Officer

Full-time position based in Johannesburg

OffWorld is a robotics startup working on developing a mobile robotic workforce for heavy industrial jobs on Earth, Moon, asteroids & Mars. OffWorld was founded by an experienced engineering team drawing on decades of tackling formidable engineering challenges at NASA, ESA, NOAA, Maxar Technologies, CERN, Reaction Engines, SAFRAN, Surrey Satellites and Cisco. OffWorld’s first challenge is developing and maturing a modular robotic system for extreme environments on Earth. Our robots will go deeper underground and further on Earth than humans can, eliminating the need for humans to work in life-threatening environments in mining, construction, tunneling and other dangerous industries.  They will also dramatically reduce the environmental footprint and cost of operations in key economies on Earth and beyond.   

We have designed a modular robotic architecture that focuses on maximizing the commonality and reusability across components for fast deployment and optimization. Our robotic systems combine sensory information with cutting edge machine learning (ML) for control and decision making.  

In this role, you will have the opportunity to:  

  • Plan and implement OHS policies and programs
  • Advise and lead employees on various safety-related topics
  • Prepare educational seminars and webinars on a regular basis
  • Review existing policies and procedures
  • Work with HR to set up a new employee on-boarding process for safety
  • Conduct risk assessments
  • Enforce preventative measures
  • Identify process bottlenecks and offer timely solutions
  • Ensure that employees are adhering to rules and regulations
  • Prepare and present reports on accidents and violations and determine causes
  • Oversee workplace repair, installations, and any other facilities-related work to ensure employees' safety
  • Create and maintain site safety file and documentation
  • Issue and manage PPE
  • Train staff on safety standards

To hit the ground running, you will need the below qualifications, skills and experience: 

  • 4 years of experience as a Safety Officer or in a similar role
  • Engineering qualification
  • Certificate in occupational health and safety (SAMTRAC)
  • Competent A & B Qualification
  • The ability to travel and live on-site during the week
  • Excellent knowledge of legislation and procedures
  • Excellent knowledge of potentially hazardous materials or practices
  • Experience in writing reports and policies and procedures for health and safety
  • Familiarity with conducting data analysis and reporting statistics
  • Working knowledge of safety management information systems
  • Outstanding organizational, critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Team player with superior interpersonal and communication skills

In a nutshell, we offer the: 

  • Opportunity to contribute to the advancement of cutting-edge industrial robotics problems 
  • Opportunity to contribute to the mission of transforming how we mine on Earth today and how we will one day mine on the Moon, asteroids & Mars 
  • Opportunity to attend relevant conferences in the line of research 
  • Competitive package 
  • Offer to join the OffWorld team full-time--if  
    • You are as crazy-excited about the mission as we are 
    • You’ve demonstrated you are The Right Stuff 

**OffWorld is a proud equal opportunity employer 

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