Safety Duty holder Questions Answered – Safety Officer & Safety Advisor
What are the duties of a Safety Officer on a construction site?
The Safety Officer should:
- be familiar with the relevant safety and health legislation which affects the types of construction work being carried out
- have the ability to identify hazards and assess risks on construction sites
- be capable of advising the contractor on the most appropriate control measures and systems of work in order to minimise risk
- be able to communicate the safety and health requirements to managers, supervisors and workers on sites
- if assigned other duties the contractor must ensure that these other duties do not prevent the safety officer from carrying out his/her duties as safety officer in an efficient manner
When Should a Safety Officer be Appointed?
A contractor who has normally more than 20 employees on a site, or 30 engaged in construction on various sites, must appoint a competent safety officer to advise and supervise adherence to safety and health requirements.
When Should a Safety Adviser be appointed?
The PSCS should appoint in writing a competent full-time safety adviser when there is normally more than 100 persons on a construction site at any one time engaged in construction work.
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