What's it like to be a Safety Manager?
A Safety Manager leads the implementation of workplace safety guidelines for a company's workforce. They design and plan for different scenarios to ensure business continuity and safety on a work site. They may also collaborate with facilities management, procurement, and senior managers to assess work conditions and mitigate the risks that can compromise safety and employee health. Safety Managers are often seen on-site to effectively manage the possibility of physical injury and accidental incidents. They are typically found in industrial companies involving manual labour such as manufacturing and construction.
Tasks and duties
- Assessing risks in the workplace that could disrupt the flow of work.
- Developing risk mitigation policies that maintain and promote workplace safety.
- Providing recommendations to management on implementing safety policies.
- Collaborating with various stakeholders on design, planning, and implementation of workplace safety and promotion of workforce health.
To work as a Safety Manager you typically need a bachelor degree and years of experience in leading organisations and promoting workplace safety. Experience in facilities and/or people management may also be a plus.
Complete a bachelor degree in engineering, environment, logistics or a related field. This may take four to five years of study in university.
Gain experience in a specific industry. Safety Managers get practical experience by taking entry-level to supervisory-level jobs as a Safety Officer, Facilities Supervisor, Workforce Coordinators, or another related job.
Build skills and experience in safety management.
Take certifications or advanced studies on how to safely deal with hazardous materials and/or environments, or other career-related topics. Certification may give you an advantage in getting hired, especially in the mining, chemical, logistics, construction or related industries.