Occupational health and safety officers coordinate health and safety systems in an organisation. 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.
Duties & Tasks
Occupational health and safety officers may perform the following tasks:promote occupational health and safety within an organisation 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 organisational 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 organisation 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.
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.