Life is full of risk and uncertainties. Taking safety measures has become an important and integral part of our daily life, be it at home, road or workplace.
Growing number of accidents at the work place especially industrial sector led the Govt. to enact and implement various Acts and Rules for the safety of workers. As per the Safety Act, it is compulsory for every industrial establishment to recruit a Safety Officer. This has made safety management a leading career option both in India and abroad.
Safety management /Industrial safety is a branch of management which deals with the study of prevention of any accident or hazard, related to the health of the employees or equipment, chemicals or machinery used in an industry. The aim of Industrial Safety Management is to minimize the possibility of risks, accidents and injuries by the implementation of varied techniques of risk and safety management. Safety management professionals develop and implement various preventive measures to maintain a safe work environment. They are solely responsible for the implementation, and ensuring that all safety regulations are followed.
The primary duty of a safety manager is to safeguard workers and the company against common workplace hazards. This may include protection from injury caused from biological and chemical agents, and from accidents caused by heavy metals and electricity hazards, by ensuring that the workers wear facemasks, goggles and protective clothing. The responsibilities of safety supervisors include; training and development of employees in safety practices, assessment of need of safety procedures, regular testing and monitoring of working environment, safety inspections, arrangement of special training in case of new equipment and procedures, improvement of safety Programs. Safety managers has to make workers aware about the do’s and don’ts in the workplace. All organizations arrange work safety programs from time to time which give a better understanding of the value of safe work processes to their employees. This is a humanitarian career as it caters to humanity at large.