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A safety director is responsible for ensuring the safety of the workplace. The director accomplishes that by coordinating, administering and implementing comprehensive training programs in occupational, industrial and environmental safety. A safety director will respond to reported accidents to evaluate current best practices and recommend changes where necessary. The job description will vary in the myriad of industries the position exists in. The U.S. Department of Labor describes the position as one "with a rapid change in skill set requiring new knowledge.”
The director may supervise several direct reports, including administrative staff and safety specialists. The candidate should show an ability to lead and direct, plan work schedules, assign or delegate work on a daily basis, develop and mentor employees and take corrective actions when necessary.
Experience and Professional Skills
The candidate should demonstrate a working knowledge of safety rules and regulations at all levels of government, including federal, state and local. The candidate should also show an ability, through demonstrated experience, to accomplish the following: conduct safety audits and inspections to ensure compliance with occupational and environmental health and safety requirements; develop, implement and maintain employee training programs; establish and maintain complete safety and training records; and develop, update and manage workplace safety programs, procedures and policies. The candidate should also have at least four years management experience in industrial safety and employee training.
The candidate must have demonstrated computer skills, including a proficiency in using common word processing software, spreadsheet software, database applications, project and presentation software, and email, contact management and scheduling software.
The ideal candidate should have a bachelor's degree in safety management, safety engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational environment health and safety, or a related field. A master's degree is preferred. Extensive experience and knowledge of environmental and occupational health and safety, along with an establish track record of success, may be considered as a substitute for the educational requirements.
The candidate must have a valid driver's license and satisfactory driving record.
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