Occupational Health and Safety Officer
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 on accident prevention and occupational health to management and employees.
Occupational health and safety officers may perform the following tasks:
- promote occupational health and safety within the organisation and develop safer and healthier ways of working
- inspect machinery and equipment, such as lifting devices, machine shields and scaffolding, to make sure they meet safety regulations
- work with engineers and other professionals to ensure the safety of worksites
- make sure that personal protective equipment, such as dust masks, safety glasses, footwear and safety helmets, is being used in workplaces according to regulations
- make sure that 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
- make sure that the organisation is aware of, and complies with, all legislation relating to its workplace activities and the use of its plant, equipment and substances
- help supervise 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 the occupational health and safety program
- develop occupational health and safety systems, including policies, procedures and manuals.
An ergonomist investigates the design and use of equipment and systems, and examines their suitability for human operators. They may also advise on psychological factors affecting work performance.
An occupational/industrial hygienist identifies and investigates problems of occupational/industrial hygiene (chemical and biological hazards) in the workplace and alerts managers and professionals to possible health risks. They use scientific equipment to measure and control hazardous substances.
- tact and diplomacy
- able to work independently or as part of a team
- good communication skills
- good interpersonal skills
- integrity and honesty.
- Environmental Health Officer
- Human Resources Officer
- Industrial Relations Officer
- Rehabilitation Counsellor
- Training Officer
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