Frequently Asked Questions
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What exactly is a Safety Consultant?
A. Anticipate, identify and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices. This function involves:
1. Developing methods for:
a. Anticipating and predicting hazards from experience, historical data and other information sources.
b. Identifying and recognizing hazards in existing or future systems, equipment, products, software, facilities, processes, operations and procedures during their expected life.
c. Evaluating and assessing the probability and severity of loss events and accidents which may result from actual or potential hazards.
2. Applying these methods and conducting hazard analyses and interpreting results.
3. Reviewing, with the assistance of specialists where needed, entire systems, processes, and operations for failure modes, causes and effects of the entire system, process or operation and any subsystem or components due to:
a. System, subsystem, or component failures.
b. Human error.
c. Incomplete or faulty decision making, judgments or administrative actions.
d. Weaknesses in proposed or existing policies, directives, objectives or practices.
4. Reviewing, compiling, analyzing and interpreting data from accident and loss event reports and other sources regarding injuries, illnesses, property damage, environmental effects or public impacts to:
a. Identify causes, trends and relationships.
b. Ensure completeness, accuracy and validity of required information.
c. Evaluate the effectiveness of classification schemes and data collection methods.
d. Initiate investigations.
5. Providing advice and counsel about compliance with safety, health and environmental laws, codes, regulations and standards.
6. Conducting research studies of existing or potential safety and health problems and issues.
7. Determining the need for surveys and appraisals that help identify conditions or practices affecting safety and health, including those which require the services of specialists, such as physicians, health physicists, industrial hygienists, fire protection engineers, design and process engineers, ergonomists, risk managers, environmental professionals, psychologists and others.
8. Assessing environments, tasks and other elements to ensure that physiological and psychological capabilities, capacities and limits of humans are not exceeded.
B. Develop hazard control designs, methods, procedures and programs. This function involves:
1.Formulating and prescribing engineering or administrative controls, preferably before exposures, accidents, and loss events occur, to:
a.eliminate hazards and causes of exposures, accidents and loss events.
a. reduce the probability or severity of injuries, illnesses, losses or environmental damage from potential exposures, accidents, andloss events when hazards cannot be eliminated.
2. Developing methods which integrate safety performance into the goals, operations and productivity of organizations and their management and into systems, processes, operations or their components.
3. Developing safety, health and environmental policies, procedures, codes and standards for integration into operational policies of organizations, unit operations, purchasing and contracting.
4. Consulting with and advising individual and participating on teams
a. engaged in planning, design, development and installation or implementation of systems or programs involving hazard controls.
b. engaged in planning, design, development, fabrication, testing, packaging and distribution of products or services regarding safety requirements and application of safety principles which will maximize product safety.
5. Advising and assisting human resources specialists when applying hazard analysis results or dealing with the capabilities and limitations of personnel.
6. Staying current with technological developments, laws, regulations, standards, codes, products, methods and practices related to hazard controls.
C. Implement, administer and advise others on hazard control programs. This function involves:
1. Preparing reports which communicate valid and comprehensive for hazard controls which are based on analysis and interpretation of accident exposure, loss event and other data.
2. Using written and graphic materials, presentations and other communication media to recommend hazard controls and hazard control policies, procedures and programs to decision making personnel.
3. Directing or assisting in planning and developing educational and training materials or courses. Conducting or assisting with courses related to designs, policies, procedures and programs involving hazard recognition and control.
4. Advising others about hazards, hazard controls, relative risk and related safety matters when they are communicating with the media, community and public.
5. Managing and implementing hazard controls and hazard control programs which are within the duties of the individual’s professional safety position.
D. Measure, audit and evaluate the effectiveness of hazard control programs. This function involves:
1. Establishing and implementing techniques, which involve risk analysis, cost, cost-benefit analysis, work sampling, loss rate and similar methodologies, for periodic and systematic evaluation of hazard control and hazard control program effectiveness.
2. Developing methods to evaluate the costs and effectiveness of hazard controls and programs and measure the contribution of components of systems, organizations, processes and operations toward the overall effectiveness.
3. Providing results of evaluation assessments, including recommended adjustments and changes to hazard controls or hazard control programs, to individuals or organizations responsible for their management and implementation.
4. Directing, developing, or helping to develop management accountability and audit programs which assess safety performance of entire systems, organizations, processes and operations or their components and involve both deterrents and incentives.
What is the cost of hiring a Safety Consultant?
A. Safety Consultants job is to save your organization money by reducing recordable incidents and reducing insurance costs. The cost varies depending on the work proposed by a client and the duration of a job. A written proposal will be submitted on each individual project or for one contract year.