Health and Safety Manager

The health and safety of the company’s employees is taken very seriously by mining companies, with it generally being their number one priority. For this reason, those considering a career in the mining industry and more specifically in health and safety, need to have an impeccable work ethic, and a commitment to all aspects regarding health and safety. They also need to have tremendous integrity and honesty.

Typical Duties

  • Health and Safety professionals will develop and coordinate safety and health systems and strategies
  • They will be responsible for designing and maintaining all safety and health regulations within the company
  • They will identify workplace hazards, and access risks to employee health and safety, and recommend solutions around these issues
  • This can include anything from the safe operation of heavy equipment, the handling of chemicals as well as various other areas, including ensuring the proper fire drill procedures are adhered to
  • They will ensure the company is aware of, and complies with all legislation in relations to its business
  • A Health and Safety professional will be involved in the supervision and investigation of any accidents that may happen
  • They will also be involved in the investigation of unsafe working conditions
  • It will be up to the Health and Safety professionals to implement and coordinate all emergency procedures, including firefighting and mine rescues
  • The Health and Safety professionals will be involved in the development and implementing of training sessions for management and workers on all aspects around safety practices and legislation.
  • As well as the implementing of policies, procedures and manuals
  • Writing reports is a main part of a Health and Safety Managers job. Every work site evaluation and any changes, measures implemented etc. must be recorded in detail

Working Conditions

  • Health and Safety Managers may work in offices or on mine sites
  • Depending on the type of mine, they may work in the open above ground, or underground where it can be cramped
  • Health and Safety Managers must be prepared to travel and will often stay away from home for extended periods. They may be required to live on site away from home, or to work on a fly in fly out basis. FIFO commonly involves flying in for a certain period of time whilst the Health and Safety Manager would be on site, and then flying home for periods when they are off work
  • Health and Safety Manager will often get to see the world as if working for large international companies, their job will often involve international travel

Educational Requirements

  • Health and Safety Managers would typically have at least a bachelor’s degree in occupational health and safety in a related scientific or technical field
  • For a more senior role, a Master’s degree may be necessary
  • Specific on the job training depending on the work environment including various certificates or training related to mining and management

Personal Attributes

  • Have an elevated sense of respect for safety procedures and regulations
  • Be able to embrace new techniques and technologies
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Have a good work ethic and be goal oriented
  • Have a sense of adventure and be able to spend extended periods of time away from home
  • Discretion and respect for confidentiality and privacy are essential

Compensation

  • Health and Safety Managers generally earn competitive salaries in all industries. However in mining, they earn particularly competitive salaries, given the importance of their roles in mining operations
  • Health and Safety Managers salaries may vary tremendously depending on what region they are working
  • Other factors will affect salary including the amount of experience, the company employed with, and whether or not its permanent or contracting role

Salary

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