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What's my job as a Health & Safety Officer?

by , 22 August 2013
You may think that your daily task list isn't as full as the health and safety officer of a construction site. But think again! Thanks to the Occupational Health & Safety Act there are still plenty of the regulations that still apply to you.

Dear Reader,

We had an interesting question from one of our readers on the Health & Safety Club site and we think you might be asking yourself the very same thing. What is my job as a Health & Safety officer in a traditional office environment?  Our reader isn't on a construction site, but in a call centre. So what must his Health & Safety daily function be?

What's my job again?

You may think that your daily task list isn't as full as the health and safety officer of a construction site. But think again! Thanks to the Occupational Health & Safety Act there are still plenty of the regulations that still apply to you. Let's look at a few tasks that should be on your 'to do' list.

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Five essential tasks that must be on your 'to do' list, no matter what environment you work in:

  1. Make sure you have a correctly stocked first aid kit. Remember that you need to restock your first aid kit every time you use it. For a checklist of all the items that you should have in your first aid kit, see page F01/005 of our Health & Safety Advisor. If you don't already have one, order yours here.
  2. Make sure you have an emergency evacuation plan and that all your exits are clearly marked. This is actually a lot more work than sticking the plan up on the notice board. Did you know that you should appoint a team? And that they have task lists too?
  3. Enforce the Smoking in the workplace law.
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  1. Make sure that your work environment complies with the environmental regulations. For example: Consider conducting a lighting survey and then take action. Poor lighting can cause sickness in your workplace.
  2. Check all of your workplace facilities. These can include your toilets or washrooms, noise levels, pause areas and office ventilation.
To be an effective Health & Safety Officer in an office environment, you should have a Health and Safety File (SHE) that keeps all of your appointment letters, workplace checklists, policies etc. You can use these checklists when you plan your daily 'to do' lists.

Stay Safe



Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Workplace Safety

P.S. If you want more tips and tricks or to find out more about our five tasks listed in this bulletin, sign up now. Try our Health & Safety Advisor

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