The job of a safety director is never easy. Landing a job, may be he easiest part of being a safety professional in the United States. There can be many pitfalls with this job. Many organizations have safety professionals and pay them a salary. You will find some management that complain on how someone in such a post does not add value to the company. If you have landed a job as a safety professional, the idea is to prove your worth and have the best track record among all support staff.
You have to be a person who can sell safety and make it the buzzword on everybody’s lips. A safety director is the premier safety professional in a company overseeing the construction, manufacturing and administrative activities in a firm. You need to know safety facts and figures and how to present them to be meaningful. As a safety consultant, you should be able to find the costs of medical treatment for a hand laceration. If you think that an employee with a cut to his hand only has to apply an antibiotic and bandage to his hand, to get back to work, then think again! As a safety director, you not only have to be concerned with any and all injuries, but more importantly what is the cause of the injury and what can be done to prevent a similar injury down the road.
Cure can be expensive and often not welcomed by authorities. The idea is if a worker is bruising themselves at work, it’s better to invest in gloves than work on giving medical attention after an accident. Selling safety may indeed be a tough task. Especially among the workforce, there is a certain stubbornness that rules are meant to be broken and some safety rules are often a nuisance. These are obstacles that you need to prepare yourself for. Perceptions need to change and as a safety professional, you need to constantly dwell on the fact that an organization grows and prospers if safety rules are followed. The fact that even one single employee not adhering to safety rules is reason enough for the entire company’s profits, and each employees future pay raises to suffer.
As a safety professional, you should quote statistics and continuously sell your trade or craft. The employer should believe that safety is a part of the whole company’s profitability and brand name. The initial inertia often gives way to effective safety procedures being put in place and being followed. If you are hard working and innovative, the job you do will be well recognized, and your track record will speak for itself. Being a sometimes hard nose and effective communicator is just a part of the entire package.
It's all about getting results as a safety officer. It is not just about reciting the laws and regulations set up by OSHA, but all about implementing strategies that work in the work environment. How effective you are is 80 per cent of the job. Tracking, collecting. analyzing, and reporting the proper data is important. Even more important is the ability to change the attitudes of workers towards safety. It is not about spending millions, but it's about developing programs that are cost and safety effective. Training programs that work and awareness camps are a must for safety to be ingrained in the consciousness of the workforce. Safety programs that reward the entire work force for days without an accident seem to reap rewards for everyone.