Monday, 14 January 2008

Where Safety Professionals Work.

Since safety professionals provide technical assistance in identifying, evaluating and controlling hazards, safety professionals work virtually anywhere where people might be exposed to hazards. No matter what a company’s business is, its employees can encounter some types of hazards, either at work, getting to and from work or at home or play. Even working at a computer terminal can be hazardous, producing long-term injuries to the hand and wrist, back or other parts of the body.
Whether a company does manufacturing, mining, transportation, agriculture, chemicals, fuels production, construction, or provides services, it will always face hazards in some or all of its operations. It is likely that the company would employ or have contract with one or more safety professionals. It is common for companies to employ safety professionals at particular work sites. At corporate offices, safety professionals can coordinate the hazard control activities away from the work sites.
In recent years, safety professionals are working more and more in diverse and non-traditional worksites as many job opportunities have expanded to government, construction, transportation, service industries and consulting practices, among others. Such employment requires safety professionals to travel to different worksites to provide support to their internal and external clients.
Many companies have combined safety, industrial hygiene, environmental affairs, fire protection and ergonomics into a single function. A safety professional may advance by overseeing the work of all areas in the department. (Source: Career guide to the safety profession, ASSE, 2007)
Industrialisation is particularly playing a great role in safety professions as workplace is becoming rather complex and complicated and the chances of accidents have increased all over the world. This is an advantage in disguise as there is a growing need for safety professionals and in the african countries especially, the opportunities are overwhelming.
For aspiring safety professionals (most especially in the developing economies), welcome to a world of evolving opportunities!

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