The job of a Safety Officer involves planning, organizing and implementing safety programs in compliance with state, federal, safety, health and fire codes. They are responsible for preventing dangers, accidents and safety hazards within a particular area, such as school grounds, hospitals or neighborhood.
A successful candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering or a related field. Safety officers must also have experience in environmental health, fire prevention, industrial hygiene, occupational safety or a related field.
Technical writing skills, effective communication skills, leadership skills, organizational skills and knowledge of safety policies, accident investigation, occupational safety and its practices, as well as federal, state and local safety laws and regulations. Safety officers must also be extremely detail oriented.
Specific work elements
Interpreting and evaluating compliance with safety codes; developing, recommending and implementing health and safety policies; reviewing construction plans for new or existing buildings to ensure compliance with safety codes; coordinating with engineers, architects and construction team to discuss safety precautions; monitoring safety inspection programs; supervising activities of health and safety specialists; ensuring required registrations and licenses are maintained; and developing health and safety educational programs for safety awareness, among others.