Why Do You Need a Safety Manager?

If the basic risk management controls and techniques are not being carried out within your organization, then a safety manager is probably part of the missing piece of the puzzle of safety management. Below are 20 areas of loss control that should be within the job description of a Safety Manager.

1. Are monthly safety briefings being conducted? Are these briefings documented?

2. Are supervisors receiving safety training to assist them with the recognition and
elimination of hazards?

3. Does the president ensure that all accidents resulting in Injuries, occupational
illness, or property damage are reported, investigated, and recorded?

4. Have all employees, required to drive, received training by a company Instructor?

5. Are all employees provided with personal protective clothing and equipment
appropriate to their jobs (earplugs, safety glasses, safety shoes, gloves, etc.)
where required?

6. Are safety-related posters or flyers given the widest possible dissemination?

7. Are employees trained on specialized job safety and occupational health hazards associated with their specialty?

8. Has the company published a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that covers all
safety responsibilities, and specifically addresses maintenance areas, storage
areas, office safety, driver safety, etc.?

9. Does the company safety SOP cover the following common maintenance hazardsand take into consideration all conditions peculiar to the specific operations of the

a. Quality control
b. Fire prevention
c. Equipment operations
d. Movement of hazardous materials
e. Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment (PPCE)
f. Carbon monoxide
g. Electrical/tool safety
h. Lifting devices
i. Painting

10. Are periodic shop maintenance inspections conducted by the safety manager?

11. Are employees briefed as to their individual responsibilities to follow all safety
instructions and to use all safeguards incident to the use of tools, machinery,
equipment, and processes?

12. Do operators, repair persons, and supervisors work together to develop safe
working procedures to prevent injuries to personnel and damage to materials and

13. Are employees in critical maintenance positions certified as proficient in the
technical aspects of their duties?

14. Are maintenance and equipment publications accessible to equipment operators,
mechanics, and supervisors? Are they current?

15. Are monthly safety inspections conducted by the safety manager, supervisors, and
maintenance personnel?

16. Do supervisors conduct regular safety meetings in the work area?

17. Are employees cross-trained to operate vehicles, generators, and other equipment?

18. Do supervisors:

a. Orient new employees?
b. Teach safe practices?
c. Enforce rules and regulations?
d. Investigate accidents?
e. Prepare and submit Accident Reports?
f. Ensure unsafe conditions are corrected?

19. Do employees:
a. Follow established safety rules and procedures?
b. Correct or report unsafe conditions?
c. Report all accidents?
d. Warn others of hazards?
e. Use protective devices (earplugs, safety glasses, safety shoes, gloves, etc.) when required?

20. Has the President appointed, in writing, a company safety manager, and maintained a copy of the appointment letter on file?

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