Do you know what your Health and Safety Officer should be doing?
Your Health and Safety Officer should have a National Diploma in Safety Management or equivalent.
When it comes to knowledge, he should know the relevant local safety, security and environmental legislation:
– OHS ACT;
– COID ACT;
– Environmental Conservation Act;
• Thorough knowledge of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001; and
• Working knowledge of safety system
Here are the key responsibilities of his position:
1. Inspecting workplaces and investigate accidents and dentify causes of ill-health and complaints;
2. Inspecting workplaces to enforce safety laws;
3. Examining ways to improve health and safety standards;
4. Negotiating with managers and employees to provide a safe working environment;
5. Developing health and safety programmes and strategies;
6. Keeping up to date with the law and technical knowledge; and
7. Writing reports
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And here's a list with the main activities your Health and Safety Officer should fulfil:
• Develop, implement and maintain an effective program and ensure compliance to satisfy the requirements of local legislation e.g. the OHS, COID and Environmental Conservation Acts.
• Develop systems to ensure all employees comply with all relevant legal safety requirements.
• Identify safety training needs, organise and co-ordinate safety training courses and prepare training material where appropriate.
• Co-ordinate the monthly safety meeting:
– Ensure meeting times are set,
– Agendas are sent out,
– Minutes are kept and sent out,
- Ensure that all support documentation in respect of the safety program is received on time and in the correct format from all concerned parties.
• Assist in appointment of Safety Representatives for all departments.
• Communicate changes in Safety and Environment legislation to Management.
• Evaluate incident forms, surveys, audits to establish root causes and together with Supervisors and Managers concerned, formulate a plan of action to correct non-compliant behaviour or conditions.
• Liaise with on site contractors to ensure their compliance with company safety regulations and adherence to safety standards, including basic safety induction
• Conduct surveys and audits as required to identify and minimise the risk to company and employees.
• Identify unsafe acts, conditions, and hazards, investigate root causes and identify corrective and preventative actions and report to management.
• Co-ordinate at least two evacuation exercises per year to ensure that all staff become familiar with these procedures.
• Assist with the formulation of emergency/contingency plans for:
– Natural disasters
– Industrial action
– Political unrest
– Bomb threats
• Review and update Emergency Procedures as and when necessary