The Chief Safety Officer (CSO) is the highest-level certification offered by NASP. A CSO creates safety policies and ensures their implementation in company operations. This is a leadership position, so many years of experience in the related field and experience supervising others need to be demonstrated. The Chief Safety Officer will analyze all departments related to the company to ensure that they are adhering to company safety policies.
When problems with the safety of operations are detected, the CSO will create a plan in order to minimize this risk. A CSO will meet with representative members of management, including the CEO, CFO, Plant Manager, Production Member and others to discuss the proper development of a culture that perceives safety in the workplace as a value, not a priority. The officer should also detect gaps in training needs and determine what needs to be taught to employees in order to create a better safety record.
The Chief Safety Officer will carry out research in order to determine the best safety policy possible and should account for developments within the field. The officer should make sure that all safety policies adhere to guidelines within the field, as well as the law of the land. The CSO may also be tasked with coming up with disciplinary actions for employees when they are not adhering to safety guidelines. This is mainly an administrative job where reports are analyzed in order to determine strengths and weaknesses in the safety policy and safety operations.
- A bachelor’s degree in any safety or environmental related field or discipline, plus three (3) years of safety experience OR
- An associate’s degree in any safety or environmental related field, plus five (5) years of safety experience OR
- A bachelor’s degree, plus four (4) years of safety experience OR
- Ten years of proven safety experience