Earn Respect

As a safety officer, you need the respect of your team. Never do anything that would lose their respect like invent facts or violate safety rules yourself. If you don’t know the answer to a question, admit you don’t know and then find the answer. Making something up since “You are supposed to know everything” won’t do anyone any favors. Also, if you see a safety violation, make sure you correct the violation and use it as a teaching moment.

Reward “Good Behavior”

As a safety officer, you may always be tempted to focus on the negative sine that is a large part of the job. However, you can find ways to focus on the positive elements too. Find ways to reward your team when they do things the right way. If your team is struggling with a certain safety focus, find a way to track when they are safe. If your team is struggling with ladder safety, for example, you could choose one piece of ladder safety and reward them when they stay safe. You could choose to track when ladders are being inspected and reward them if they inspect their ladders a percentage you choose. Obviously, you can adapt this tip for whatever works best for you and your team.

Have a Plan

Any good leader has a plan and executes that plan. As a safety officer, make sure you develop a safety plan and then use that plan as you develop trainings and find ways to enforce the rules.

Being a safety officer can be a tough job, but, hopefully, these tips will help make your job a little easier.