Safety Officer Interview Questions

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.

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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.

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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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