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What Are the Duties of a Safety Manager?

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The safety manager is responsible for implementing programs to ensure compliance with safety regulations and to preserve worker health and safety. The manager closely monitors worker compliance and accident statistics and implements corrections as needed.


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The safety manager establishes policies and procedures designed to promote worker health and safety as well as ensures compliance with applicable regulations. The safety manager works with the organization’s management team to evaluate and to enforce policy conformance.

Risk Assessment

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The safety manager evaluates site processes and equipment to determine controls needed to keep workers safe. Safety measures may include engineering controls, such as barriers or ventilation, personal protective gear or special procedures.


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The manager is responsible for ensuring that workers understand safe work procedures and are competent to safely carry out their assigned duties.

Accident Investigation

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When incidents occur, the manager investigates the accident to determine the root cause. The manager works with the facility team to implement corrective actions to ensure a similar incident does not occur again.


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The manager compiles statistics and publishes reports for regulators and for company management. The safety manager uses this information to identify injury trends and to implement programs to improve accident statistics.


About the Author

Employed in the environment, health and safety field since 1985, Mary Beth Northrup has created a number of in-house technical publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Anderson University and a Quality Green Belt. She began writing for Demand Studios in 2009.

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