Duties of Safety Officers

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A safety officer is in charge of all occupational health and safety matters of a given work environment. Safety officers may perform duties in the health-care, industrial or educational industry. This officer is required to have a bachelor's degree in safety management and attend occupational health and safety training classes for his given industry. Public safety officers earn $59,000 a year, as of May 2010 according to Indeed.com.

Administrative

  • As an officer of safety, the promotion of occupational health and safety is essential for the person in this position. He pinpoints safety hazards to the staff for correction. This would include pointing out hazards that are still yet to be resolved. The safety officer investigates reported incidents and injuries. Communication with employees is necessary to discuss safety concerns. The officer reviews, develops and updates safety manuals. This includes maintaining environmental safety policy and programming. In this position, the safety officer is responsible for budgeting expenses and expenditures in his specified safety department.

Advising

  • Occupational health and safety concern that may be unfamiliar to employees is advised upon by the safety officer. The officer develops advisory committees where promotion of safety procedures and presentation of safety training materials is made available to the work community.

Coordinating

  • The safety officer coordinates training on safety procedures and occupational hazards. She may also coordinate how emergency protocol shall be handled and what equipment will be used in emergency situations. Depending on the industry in which the officer works, coordination on how hazardous waste should be disposed is the duty of the safety officer. He also coordinates assessments, surveys and program evaluations of the work area to detect any hazardous conditions that might be present.

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