Occupational health and safety officers coordinate health and safety systems in an organization. They identify
hazards, assess risks to health and safety, put appropriate safety controls in place and provide advice about
accident prevention and occupational health to management and employees.
Job Requirements Responsibilities : Promote occupational health and safety within an organization and develop safer and healthier ways of working Inspect workplaces and workplace equipment, such as scaffolding, to ensure they meet safety regulations and to identify hazards and risks Ensure that workplaces conform with organizational procedures and safety standards Work with engineers and other professionals to ensure the safety of worksites and work practices Ensure personal protective equipment (such as hearing protection, dust masks, safety glasses, footwear and safety helmets), is being used in workplaces according to regulations Ensure dangerous materials are correctly stored Identify and test work areas for potential accident and health hazards, such as toxic fumes and explosive gas-
air mixtures, and implement appropriate control measures Ensure an organization is aware of, and complies with, all legislation relating to its duty of care, workplace activities and the use of its plant, equipment and substances Record and report hazards, accidents, injuries and health issues within the workplace Assist with the investigation of accidents and unsafe working conditions, study possible causes and recommend remedial action Conduct training sessions for management, supervisors and workers on health and safety practices and legislation Assist with the rehabilitation of workers after accidents or injuries and make sure they experience a satisfactory return to work Coordinate emergency procedures, mine rescues, firefighting and first aid crews Communicate frequently with management to report on the status of occupational health and safety programmes Develop occupational health and safety systems, including policies, procedures and manuals.
With experience and sometimes further training, occupational health and safety officers may become auditors,
who inspect a workplace's level of compliance with health and safety standards.
Personal Requirements : Tactful and diplomatic Able to work independently or as part of a team Good communication skills Good interpersonal skills Discretion and respect for confidentiality and privacy Integrity and honesty