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Respondents had the opportunity to weigh in with “other” skills safety professionals need that were not represented on the list. Here’s what some had to say:
Involvement – An organization can only enhance its health and safety system through partnerships – senior management and employees working together to reduce injuries, insurance cost and improving morale. Getting employees intimately involved in the safety system is a key ingredient for maintaining an effective safety management system. A “we versus them” mentality will doom the safety system.
Change Management, Culture Change/Creation, LEAN and Behavior-Based Safety principles. These can all be lumped together … however, these three subjects cannot be overlooked. I think most of my colleagues and myself are engaged in these types of safety management activities more than 60 percent of our time in this day and age. The evolution of the EHS field has created workplaces that need to be in a constant state of change and improvement in order to grow and progress.
Ability to develop trust and credibility by building relationships with people throughout all levels of the organization.
Education – professional development, certification, employer support.
Behavior-based safety approaches.
Any type of specialized safety training has to rank higher than IH or HR.
2. HR is HR; we review FECA claims and make recommendations and keep the OSHA 300, but we’re not the office of primary responsibility for workman’s comp.
Impact on business due to new regulations and limitations.
Understanding the full range and development of safety protective equipment, human factors as they change with generations and OSHA standards.
Prepare for inspections with MSHA; keep up with all equipment maintenance.
Knowledge of codes, licensing regulation, accreditation standards and government regulations. Also, budgeting and cost saving knowledge.