An individual should be designated as the organization's in-house Safety
Coordinator. This person has primary responsibility for establishing,
implementing and maintaining safety and health programs.
The Safety Coordinator may enlist one or more others in the organization to
assist in specific assignments, and to serve as a back-up in the Safety
The Safety Coordinator will review and establish written safety programs as part
of a Master Safety Plan.
The written Master Safety Plan serves as a blueprint and management's master
reference of safety rules and safe work procedures for the organization.
Specific written programs are required by OSHA. The Master Safety Plan should
be a collection and coordination of individual written programs so that they are
credible, documented and easily communicated throughout the organization.
Other Safety Coordinator responsibilities may include:
* Resolve questions, approve and/or recommend necessary expenditures to
correct unsafe conditions.
* Make regular facility, shop, facility and job site safety inspections.
* Implement and monitor an effective safety and health training program.
* Enforce compliance with safe work practices and company safety rules
through counseling, re-training and, if necessary, disciplinary action.
* Investigate accidents and near misses.
* Review first aid incidents to for hazards needing correction.
* Ensure that recordable injuries are documented.
* Ensure that specific programs (i.e. hazard communication, bloodborne
pathogens, respiratory protection, confined space entry) are implemented