Safety Officer

Safety Officers make sure facilities, processes and workers follow occupational safety guidelines (OSH). Use these sample interview questions to find the best person for the job.

Safety Officer interview questions

Your zero-regret new hire is qualified (think: degree in safety management) and knows their stuff when it comes to industry-specific legislation. They have awesome attention to detail and a strong commitment to OSH rules, plus they’re confident with incredible communication skills.

Top tip: Hire candidates you can grow with by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Role-specific interview questions

  • How do you compute noise exposure?
  • What is your reporting experience?
  • What is your health and safety training experience?
  • How do you keep up-to-date with current regulations?
  • What is [industry-specific example] and what dangers does it involve?
  • What are some scaffolding safety precautions?
  • What do you know about EPA guidelines in [specific industry]?
  • What would your key priorities be in your first week?

Behavioral interview questions

  • Tell us about a time you made a mistake that led to an injury. What happened?
  • Have you ever dealt with employees who repeatedly ignored your safety instructions? What happened?
  • Have you ever had to stop a process because it was too dangerous?
  • What’s the most dangerous violation you’ve ever encountered?

Problem solving interview questions

  • How would you conduct a workplace safety audit?
  • If a manager opposed your suggestion for workplace safety improvements, how would you approach them?
  • How does the job safety analysis (JSA) process work?
  • How would you implement a Hazard Communication Program?
  • What would you do if you saw some employees weren’t using PPE?

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