Big companies – especially in industries such as mining, construction, and engineering – employ Safety Officers to reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace.
One reason for this is that companies want to avoid the financial implications that result when employees are injured in the course of their work. Another reason is that they want to avoid the damage that could be sustained to their reputation if accidents frequently occurred in their workplace – or if they were found to be negligent in the case of a serious workplace accident. Gulf is the biggest fire prone area in the world, because it has the largest storage of oil. Undoubtedly the highest budget of fire prevention and fire protection spent in the world is in the Gulf. They prevent fire by increasing the safety awareness of the people. That translates into thousands of job openings in the field of Safety as Safety Engineers, officers & Supervisors. They also reduce the risk of fire by installing the latest of fire protection systems. As a result the largest installed base of fire protection systems in the world is the Gulf.
A Safety Officer can work in any type of organization – in any industry. Typically, however, Safety Officers will be found in larger organizations, as well as in organizations that operate in high-risk industries, such as mining, construction, and engineering. In smaller organizations, the safety management functions might be incorporated into another position, such as that of HR Manager. A construction safety officer is responsible for making sure all the workers at a construction site are working safely and following all the correct safety procedures. They may have other duties as well, but the primary duty of construction officers is to keep things safe around the job site.
The exact skills, qualifications, and experience you need will depend on the type of organization you want to work for, as well as on the type of industry you want to work in.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Observation skills (attention to detail)
- Sense of responsibility
- Physical ability to do the work
ESSENTIAL SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS.
Key skills for health and safety advisers. Employers seek candidates who are calm, patient and assertive, with excellent negotiation, communication and interpersonal skills. They should also have strong analytical, problem-solving and organisational skills.
- Carrying out post incident analysis.
- Establishing workplace safety and health committees.
- Knowledge of decontamination procedures.
- Knowledge of good safety practices.
- Developing emergency procedures.
- Ability to maintain effective work relationships with people from all social backgrounds.