Ask the expert: Safety officer qualifications

By: May 9th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: What qualification does OSHA require in order to be the safety officer in a healthcare facility?

A: Certifications from professional organizations such as American Society of Safety Engineers and the International Board for Certification of Safety Managers could prove useful, but OSHA doesn’t have specific requirements for safety officers.

Most of the individual standards say that the person administering safety and training programs under an OSHA standard need only demonstrate knowledge in areas as it applies specifically to the work site.

HCPro’s OSHA Training Handbook for Healthcare Facilities has a section about the responsibilities of the safety officer. An excerpt is available on the OSHA healthcare Advisor Tools page.


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