Dear All,
Thanks for the various views on the subject.
As I am from Maharashtra, i would like to bring it to the notice of all that as per Maharashtra Safety Officer's Rules 1982 rule number 6, the duties of Safety Officer is defined.
There are 8.1.(i) to to 8.1.(xiii) sub clauses.
and sub clause not 8.2
In most of the cases the SO is in advisory role.
His direct responsibilities are accident investigation, evaluate effectiveness of actions taken, safety inspections,, investigations of Dangerous occurances, and Training.
However the Factory Manager and the Occupier have the Direct responsibility.
I shall try to scan the two pages by tomorrow.
"However an intelligent SO can try to become Factory Manager with his knowledge of various aspects of safety and business of the organisation.
Thanks & Regards,

From India, Nasik
Dear All,
Safety officer is responsible for implementing the safety system and culture at work. But he is not responsible for any accident. Employee is the primary responsible and the line manager is secondary one. Because, safety is every one responsible and particularly it is own responsible.

From India, Chennai
Dear All

Its an open fact that safety officer is only an monitoring agent in the company and its the execution department the is to implement the suggestions of the safety officer. The execution department that is responsible for any incidents if the suggestions are not implemented. In a organization sometimes to complete the project the execution department over comes all the safety norms in such case how can the safety personal be responsible? More over in (except for few) organization do not have safety budgeting and funds allocated for safety (% of overall project cost). Some do not show much interest in procuring costly and standard safety equipments.In such case how can the safety personal be responsible? Even if the equipments are supplied what if the quality is of sub-standard. Here I would like to give a simple e.g. simple head gear - helmet for executives are of standard and costly but when it comes to construction workers the helmets are of substandard. In such situations will the safety personal be responsible for incidents? what if person does unsafe act inspite of tool box, training or supervisions? what if the designs and quality of construction or equipment of not good?

From India, Visakhapatnam
Dear Friends,
Safety is everyone's responsibility. No one man be blamed for an accident or may be an incident. From a, housekeeper to the hierarchy, everyone needs to fulfill their responsibilities in achieving ZERO accidents. Show respect for the human life and show respect for the environment, you eventually reach TARGET ZERO ACCIDENT. Encourage everyone to report a near miss before they report an accident.
Best Regards

From United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi
Dear All,
Safety Officer Role As per my view, Safety Officer gives Preventive direction to organization for effective implementation of safety system which ensures Zero accident... If this systems are not implemented because of N no of reasons which are beyond the control of Safety officer, then how one can make safety officer responsible for the accident...Yes definitely he shall be accountable for any mishappening in organization..

From India, New Delhi
Safety is a line function, each supervisor/head of department shall treat his/her department/workplace/area, and his/her employees as his/her own peaople.
From India, Kalamboli
Safety shall be embedded in people not by force but by self demonstration by top leadership
From India, Kalamboli
Dear All,
First of all don't mix Safety with Safety Officer, Responsibility lies with everybody for Safety implementation in their respective field but the question is who will be accountable ??? If any accident occurred, the Factory Manager held accountable as he is the owner of the premises but his Safety officer who is purely advising body will help the Factory Manager to implement Safety standards by giving training, conducting promotional activities, preparing all the reports and submitting to the Factory Manager. After investigation only we can find the root cause of the accident. The Factory Inspector, Factory Manager & Safety Officer will conduct the investigation.
Now one simple message to all -
If one person fell down in his bathroom and broken his leg, then who will be responsible.
If one person faced accident with his bike Traffic Police responsible or accountable.
If theft & injury occurred at home then....... is police responsible or accountable.
Safety Officer to implement & ensure safety in the factory but persons or employees should follow the safety rules from his home to factory everywhere. After any incident Safety Officer should conduct investigation to find out the root cause and the same will be circulated among all to stop recurrence.
Safety is everybody's responsibility and deviation in Safe practice causes accident.

From India, Panipat
Dear Biswanath,
"Accidents Do Not Happen/Occur, Accidents are "Caused" was the information my Colleagues (Workers, Supervisiors, Managers and Safety Officers all in One Voice) Handed down to me when I joined the Factory in 1969.
You are very clear on your Observations. Safety Promotion & Accicdent Prevention Campaigns Need to run all 365 Days so that on the 366th Day There is No Accident-Major or Minor or Fatal-.
Such Campaigns cover, End of the Shifts and Beginning of the Shifts "Safety Talks/Addresses", Incessant Supply of Safety Appliances to Users on Old-Return Basis, Close Monitoring if Safety Appliances and Safety Pre-cautions and Norms are Strictly Adhered to and in case of Default, initiating Quick Disciplinary Action including Not Allowing on Duty, even When the Employed Person reported to Resume Work, Safety Slogan & Posters, Safety Skits/Drama, at regular Intervals, Safety Competitiions ( such as Talk, Drawings, Sketches, Suggestions, Rewardi & Recognition for Safety Good Record, Safe Workr of the Month etc), Safety as Most Imp Item on Agenda of Joint Meetings, Daily Production Meetings etc.
That is the Reason How SAFETY occupies First Place in Factories Act (Safety, Health, Welfare, Closer Association of Workers in with Management)
Let us All Learn & Pledge to Act Safely, First Day, Every Day.
Sharan, Kritarth Team

From India, Delhi
The role of a safety officer is generally defined.It is governed by statutory requirements.
Unfortunately, many companies treat safety more as a necessary evil or a formality. I have seen very good safety records if the top most man believes in safety implementation. While a Safety officer is accountable to manitain a safe environment, the respsonsibility squarely lies on everyone in that company.

From India

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