Being in the safety field is challenging. It is a small niche where most companies want to place the safety responsibility on a multitasked role to save money. The rewards of the job are often intangible, but the payoffs can be innumerable.
Without further ado, here are five solid tips on the safety career field.
Read. Research. Repeat.
You can’t enforce or provide guidance on things of which you have no knowledge. Get down in the trenches with the employees and understand their jobs. If the process is too long, ask them to walk you through the process. Read the OSHA guidance. Educate yourself by any means necessary to make sure you can speak intelligently. Then find ways to help make the job tasks safe and efficient based on your knowledge.
One of the best ways you can stay savvy and have resources is by knowing who to call. You can shine in a moment if dire urgency when you know who to call for a mold remediation issue at one of the company plants. Also, use social media to your greatest advantage. Observe what the successful people are doing and then make it happen for yourself.
Know or learn which certifications are most valuable.
Knowing which certifications are most valuable keeps you marketable and relevant. CSP, ASP, and OHST all have their place. Depending on if you are working with chemicals or construction, know which one will be most valuable for your given industry.
Be prepared to justify your job.
In this day and age of contraction within companies, the formula is how to do more work with less staff and overhead to increase the bottom line. Ensure you have solid proof to be on staff. Use numbers, percentages, citations of federal agencies, studies, guidelines, and audits. Write a recurring executive summary with numbers and percentages topped off with where and how this could impact business.
Never stop learning.
Once you believe you know it all, find what you STILL don’t know. Be proactive. There is always something new to learn. Keep reading; research new technologies. You may find a better way to perform a process or find a weakness in the production of a new technology. Do not be the person who believes they know all. Once you believe that, you will be proved wrong.
CSP, ASP, OHST are certification designations from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Information can be obtained from their website at http://www.bcsp.org/.