If safety officer in a company can be accused for mishaps, the municipal corporators also should be sued for mishpas on the roads, as they are responsible for roads. And we see that in big cities, the potholes are not corrected unless someone loses his life in the accident.
From India, Mumbai
Hi Vaibhav,

Are you a safety officer for namesake in the company? Are your responsibilities made clear to you by management & HR?

If not, then it is entirely an different issue.

If they are clear, then as a safety officer, you should be responsible to generate, maintain, & track the safety related procedures & guidelines. If they are not being followed by any department, then it will be also your responsibility to enforce them through various means (trainings, restrictions, penalties, etc). Your organisation's safety certifications (ISO, etc) would support you for the same.

If the safety officer fails to prove that these processes are being avoided, without any action taken against it; then it is logical the the FIR (First information report) is logged againast the SO, until further evidence is produced. I appreciate the response from Vivian, in this regards.

Safety is surely everybody's responsibility, but 'everybody follows the organisational preocedures' is the SO responsibility. Also, if there are any flaws in the safety policies of organisation, then SO is responsible for the same as well.

As for the case of Tarapur accident, the news say that the initial fire was followed by five blasts, followed by fire extending to the factory. It is not known why the fire fighting equipment did not trigger the shutdown of the site, avoiding the fire spread. I am sure there would be more than opne persons to blame here, as in today's technologically advanced word of industries, such things cannot happen by one person's silly mistakes.



Sorry for the wrong reference... The details of accident from Tarapur MIDC mentioned in my above post were for an accident in April-2014. The one mentioend by other posts is from March-2013...
There was aninterresting comment on this news on TOI online article. I am giving it as it is from the news website:
"Safety standards in palghar boisar chemical plants are a joke: If you track the history of the such explosions in various factories in the Boisar MIDC, you will realise that there is almost one every month. The safety officer are surely not doing their work and many incidents dont event get reported. I hope this time we see some strict action and not some shoddy probe."
- Amod.

Safety Officer is not the only person who needs to take care of the safety aspects.Safety is every body's concern.
It is safety officer however to bring forward/bring to the notice of the management about the potential threat perceptions and hazards and risks found at the work place.Secondly he should also bring out the consequences that management has to bear.with legal stand to prove the same.
A safety Officer should also ensure that he follows the safety related reports are properly generated and training and adequate awareness is spread among the workers.
Pointing towards the mere causes of accidents in general, they happen due to carelessness, ignorance and non awareness of safety practices.Having said this, if all safety related activities and efforts are recorded and compiled, it will always help safety officers and the safety team as a whole to minimize the accidents/incidents happening in the work Place.Also as per Murphy's Law - if there remains a chance of an mistake/accident to happen,some day someone at some point of time that mistake/accident will be committed/happen.Human errors are of such nature.
Safety people are the people who are engaged in saving Human life and loss or damage to company.So feel proud to be one of the life saving members and do not worry.So,As you save lives,so you are always safe.
Carrier in Safety field may be earning option or profession,but look at it from the greater perspective it will always boost your moral.Contribute to life saving and you earn more than any thing in life.

From India, Vadodara
Dear All,
There are many industries which do not respect the safety norms. Even though the opinion is the payment what the company has to pay to SO the same can be paid to inspecting officer/govt. officer and matter can be solved. Other opinion is SO is not allowed in many industries to send mail, no one signs his memo and no one refuse his comment but do not follow or obey him. SO has many difficulty to keep him self safe in many industries. When ever safety versas production or maintenance comes in front of mangment always safety looses the game.
There should be strong rules for the safety officer to keep him self safe and to make other safe.

From India, Bhopal

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