How to write a Safety Manager job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Safety Manager job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Safety Manager job titles

    Safety Manager
    Regional Safety Manager
    Field Safety Manager
    Safety Manager (Part-Time)
    Safety Coordinator

Safety Manager job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Safety Manager job summary

Our residential construction firm takes safety seriously, and we require all of our employees to use the standard industry practices to keep everyone safe on the job. To that end, we’re seeking an experienced Safety Manager who can evaluate the safety protocols followed on various job sites, organize safety training for employees and report problems to management. The ideal candidate will have experience in the construction industry (particularly residential construction) and understand the specific safety issues inherent to construction sites. The job includes significant field work, so reliable transportation and a flexible schedule are a must.

Safety Manager responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Safety Manager responsibilities

    Visit job sites to conduct safety audits on personnel, equipment and materials
    Evaluate, assess and alter safety procedures and policies for the benefit of employees and clients
    Research and implement new materials handling processes
    Analyze accident reports and evaluate injury case studies based on available facts
    Prepare and conduct safety training sessions for employees and vendors
    Ensure compliance with all regulatory bodies and standards (including OSHA, EPA, etc.)
    Research environmental regulations and policies and institute changes to ensure compliance
    Track incident metrics and apply findings
    Oversee the applications for and receipt of necessary permits
    Lead injury and incident inquiries and evaluations

Safety Manager qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Safety Manager skills

    Bachelor’s degree required (preferably in environmental health and safety)
    6+ years’ experience in the construction industry
    Knowledge of OSHA and EPA standards with regard to construction
    CHST Certification preferred
    Ability to train, influence and motivate team members
    Some travel required (25 to 30 percent)

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