Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Who is a Safety Professional?

The primary focus for the safety (generically used for HSE) profession is prevention of harm to people, property and the environment. Safety professionals apply principles drawn from such disciplines as engineering, education, psychology, physiology, enforcement, hygiene, health,
physics, and management. They use appropriate methods and techniques of loss
prevention and loss control
(American Society of safety engineers, 2007)

The (board of certified safety professional, 2006),
defines a safety professional as a person engaged in the prevention of accidents, incidents, and events that harm people, property, or the environment. They use qualitative and quantitative analysis of simple and complex products, systems, operations, and activities to identify hazards. They evaluate the hazards to identify what events can occur and the likelihood of occurrence, severity of results, risk (a combination of probability and severity), and cost. They identify what controls are appropriate and their cost and effectiveness.

Beside knowledge of a wide range of hazards, controls, and safety assessment methods, safety professionals must have knowledge of physical, chemical, biological and behavioral sciences, mathematics, business, training and educational techniques, engineering concepts, and particular kinds of operations (construction, manufacturing, transportation, etc.)

Safety professionals make recommendations to managers, designers, employers, government agencies, and others. Controls may involve administrative controls (such as plans, policies, procedures, training, etc.) and engineering controls (such as safety features and systems, fail-safe features, barriers, and other forms of protection). Safety professionals may also manage and implement controls.

As a safety professional you are the front line, the first point of contact in the day-to-day implementation of company practices, federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations with respect to occupational health, safety and environment.

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