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Safety Coordinator Duties and Responsibilities

The Oklahoma Department of Labor has adopted the federal "Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines" as a template for public employers. A summary of those guidelines are provided here (RTF, 40k) for your convenience. A template for employees to report a hazard or safety concern to administration is provided here (RTF, 17k).

The following are some of the program elements which should be addressed as they apply to your agency.

  1. Ensure the development, implementation and updating of required written safety and health programs and plans. These may include, as needed:
    • Hazard Communication Program
    • Exposure Control Program (Bloodborne Pathogens, TB)
    • Hazard Assessment and Personal Protective Equipment Program (PPE)
    • Respiratory Protection Program
    • Chemical Hygiene Plan (including Lab Safety)
    • Hazard Communication Program
    • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
    • Confined Space Entry Program

  2. Conduct periodic safety and health walk-through inspections of all workplace facilities.

  3. Ensure that quarterly safety training and all other specifically required training is provided for all employees.

  4. Maintain OK-300 log of occupational injuries and illnesses. Post the annual results for the month of February at each work location.

  5. Conduct accident/injury investigations and illness exposure monitoring.

  6. Establish and monitor a program for reporting and investigating “near-miss” situations.

  7. Conduct investigations into employee inquiries, suggestions and complaints.

  8. Maintain required safety and health documents/files.

  9. Ensure periodic inspections of all motorized vehicles.

Title 380, Chapter 40 states, “Appropriate safety training shall be provided to all employees, including management, no less than quarterly. Documentation of training shall include, but not be limited to date(s), course information, course provider/trainer and a list of employees in attendance. Any additional information required by any specific standard shall also be included. Provisions must be made to arrange for make-up sessions for those employees who were not able to attend the scheduled training."

All public employers must designated a safety coordinator by letter, memorandum, job description or other notice.