Safety Officer Interview Questions and Answers

Safety Officer Interview Questions and Answers

Safety Officer Interview Questions and Answers

Top Safety Officer interview questions and answers

Question 1: What is Safety?


  • It is a condition which gives you freedom from a hazard, risk, accident which may cause injury, damage and loss to material or property damage and even death.
  • Safety is defined as freedom from those conditions that can cause injury to persons including death or damage to property or environment.

Question 2: What is Accident?

Answer :
It is an unexpected or unplanned event which may or may not result in injury or damage or property loss or death.

Question 3: What Is Injury ?

Answer :
It is defined as a harmful condition sustained by the body as a result of an accident.

Question 4: What Is Hazard ?

Answer :
Inherent property of a substance or an occurrence which has potential to cause loss or damage property, person or environment.

Question 5: What Is Risk ?

Answer :
In probability of the realization of potential for loss or damage or injury.

Question 6. What Is Incident?

Answer :
It is an event which represents the deviation from the intended sequence of designed steps.

Question 7: What Is Safety Policy?

Answer :
Any company has a social and legal obligation to provide a safe and health working environment to all his improvement to all his employees.

Question 8: What Is Safety Audit?

Answer :
The safety audit is the process that identifies un-safe conditions and unsafe acts the plant and recommended safety improvement.Walk through It evaluates the unsafe condition notice able to naked eye during work through the plant. ( Stores, civil work, erection work) Inter mediate-more details study and review of plant design and plant operation. Comprehensive –It evaluates the safety factors in the plant on the base engineering, analysis, testing, measurement.

Question 9: What Is Safety Tag?

Safety tag can be defined a surface made of card board or paper board on which English local languages letters written for warning safety instructions to employees.

Question 10: What Is Safety Programme?

Safety programme can be defined as five methods by which accident can be prevent easily they are engineering, education, enforcement, enthusiasm and example safety programmes are plain spoken and carry out certain legal steps.

Question 11: What Is Attitude?

Attitude may be described as continuous behavior. If a man’s behavior is good, then his action will be either correct or safe.

Question 12: What Is Emergency Planning?

Emergency planning can be defined as a control measurer. It can control the accidents, safeguard people and provide information to media.

Question 13: What Is Work Permit System?

Work permit system is a “ written documents” for permission to undertake a job by area in charge or it is written document issued by the area in charge to the performer to undertake the specific job.

Question 14: What Is Work At Height?

Any work above 2 meters from the ground is caused work at height.

Question 15: What Is Confined Space?

An area which is small and enclosed or an area where one entry and exits or where a man cannot work comfortable in any location is caused confined space.

Question 16: What Is Excavation?

Marking a hole or tunnel by digging the ground by man or machine is called excavation.

Question 17: What Is Scaffolding?

It is a temporary platform constructed for supporting both men and materials and working safety at a construction site.

Question 18: What Is Welding?

The process of joining of metals either by electrical or by gas is called welding.

Question 19: What Is Gas Cutting?

The process of joining of cutting metals by using oxygen and combustible gas is called gas cutting.

Question 20: What Is Sand Blasting?

The process of removing rust dust, dirt, scales and old prints from the old surface using compressed air is called sandblasting.

Question 21: What Is Painting?

The process after sandblasting is called Painting .

Question 22: What Is Lel?

The minimum concentration of vapour, gasses and dust in air below which propagation of flame does not occur on contact with a source of ignition is called LEL.

Question 23: What Is UEL?

The maximum proportion of vapour, gasses and dust in the air above which proposal the flame does not occur on contact with a source of ignition is called UEL.

Question 24: What Is Manual Handing?

The process of lifting, carrying and stacking materials by men is called manual handing.

Question 25: What Is House Keeping?

House keeping means not only cleanness but also orderly arrangement of operations, tools, equipments storage facilities and suppliers.

Question 26: What Is Personal Protective Equipment?

It is an equipment used to project the person from hazards such as dust, dirt, fumes and sparks etc. It is the barrier between hazard and person.

Question 27: What Is Grinding?

A Grinder is a portable machine with a wheel guard in position to reduce the danger.

Question 28: What Is Crane?

A tall machine used for moving heavy objects by suspending them from a projecting arm with a hook.

Question 29: What are The Duties of a Safety Officer?


  • Prepare toolbox talk
  • Prepare monthly statistics
  • Prepare the checklist
  • Accident reports
  • Management meetings
  • Arrange the safety classes/training
  • Arrange monthly safety bulletin
  • Inspection of fire extinguisher
  • Arrange first aid training classes
  • Arrange safety competitions like quiz, slogan, poster competitions exhibition etc.

Question 30: What are The Duties of a Supervisor?


  • He has to instruct the workers about the work methods and procedures.
  • He has to maintain discipline among the workers
  • He has to supply the necessary materials
  • He has to control the quality and cost of the job
  • He has to guide has workers in doing a job in the correct and safe way
  • He has to supply suitable personal protective equipment to his workers
  • He should conduct periodical safety meetings.
  • He should conduct a safety inspection of his working area
  • He should know about the firefighting equipment
  • He should know how to investigate an accident and find out the causes of the accident

Question 31: What are the Precautions for Welding?


  • Remove all combustion material from the place of welding
  • Clear the work area and cover wooden floor with fireproof mats. (Welding mechanic should be kept within the visibility of the welders.
  • Erect fire resistance screen around the work
  • All welding cables should be fully insulted
  • All welding mics shall be double earthed
  • Welding area should be dry and free from water
  • Keep the fire extinguisher/sand ready

Question 32: What are the Precautions for Gas Cutting?


  • Keep fire extinguisher nearby
  • Keep fire watch near by
  • Remove all combustible from work area
  • Use all necessary PPE
  • Never put welding gas cylinder in side a confined space
  • Hoses shall not be laid in path ways
  • Gas cutting torch should have flash back arrestors
  • Gas test to be done to check for presence of flammable gas in site.
  • Good house keeping and ventilation necessary in working area.
  • Hose connections should be made properly

Question 33: What are the Hazards in Welding?


  • Eye injury
  • Burn injury Arc realization
  • Electrical shock Light arc radiation
  • Heat, light and radiation effect Heat fume
  • Poisonous gases Chipped price of weld metal
  • Fire
  • Explosion Scattering
  • Noise Sparking
  • Sparking
  • Flying sand

Question 34: What Precautions are needed to avoid Accident in Manhandling?


  • Stand at safe distance from the load
  • Sharp edge and burns are removed before lifting a material.
  • PPE such as safety gloves and safety shoes are to be used.
  • If the weight is too heavy for one person to lift, then he has to seek the assistance.
  • The pathway is not blocked by obstacles while carrying the load.
  • The different actions, movements and forces necessary while carrying the load.
  • Modify the task by using hooks and crow bars.
  • Mechanical equipments like cranes shall be used.
  • Modify the objects
  • Change the way things are used

Question 35: General Safety Precautions In Construction?


  • Adequate first aid equipment should be kept ready
  • Adequate fire fighting equipment should be available
  • All general electrical rules should be followed
  • suitable lighting arrangements should be necessary at night work
  • Work men at height should be wear safety belts
  • Work men handling cement should be provided with goggles, rubber gloves and rubber boots by nose mask.
  • The moving parts of grinding machines used construction site should be covered with guards
  • The moving parts of grinding machines used construction site should be covered with guards
  • Excavated material should not kept near the excavated
  • Very short duration of work red flags must be hoisted and more duration red banners must be stretched
  • Defective tools should not be used
  • The worker should not carry tools in his hands when climbing a ladder
  • Excavation should be guarded by suitable fencing

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What is an NVQ? (National Vocational Qualification)

What is an NVQ? (National Vocational Qualification)

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NVQ Qualifications (Occupational Health and Safety Practice)

NVQ (National Vocational Qualifications) or RFQ (Regulated Framework Qualifications) are work-based qualifications in the UK (England, Wales & Northern Ireland) accomplished through work-based assessments and training by the learners.

There are various types of NVQ qualifications available including but not limited to health care, construction industry, manufacturing and engineering industry, transportation industry, management etc. Levels 1 to level 8 NVQ qualifications are available through various awarding bodies.

NVQ qualifications for occupational health and safety practice are also available including level 3 and level 5 for learners practicing occupational health and safety in their respective work areas and industries. Recently NVQ level 6 in OHSP is also introduced by one of the awarding body Pro-Qual (AB) that is available to learners in upcoming days through approved course providers offering NVQ qualifications.

Why NVQ qualifications in OHSP?

There are many reasons why you should choose NVQ in occupational health and safety practice as a recognised qualification to boost your career and to provide you progression on the basis of accredited qualification. It is evident that many employers demand recognised and accredited qualifications up to certificate, diploma or degree when they are looking to hire someone for a management role in HSEQ.

  • NVQ qualifications in OHSP (Occupational health and safety practice) are accredited and recognised under qualification framework in the UK.
  • It gives an opportunity to earn an approved certificate, diploma or degree level qualification to those professionals that have work experience but not having a formal qualification restricting them in their career.
  • You will be eligible to enroll for higher degree level qualification upon successful completion of your vocational qualifications throughout the UK and many other countries.
  • NVQ qualifications in OHSP (Occupational Health and Safety Practice) are recognised and accepted by IOSH for (Tech/Associate/Graduate) membership level which is one of the common requirements for health and safety professionals when employers hire them for any of the HSEQ roles. It’s evident that NVQ qualifications in health and safety are the fastest way to accomplish IOSH membership particularly GradIOSH (Graduate membership) on the successful completion of NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice.
  • The quickest route to accomplish CMIOSH (Chartered membership status) upon meeting IPD requirement (e.g. open book test and peer review interview)
  • Average completion time of NVQ qualifications ranges between 3 to 8 months depending on the nature of your job task and time commitments
  • Refresh your knowledge, understanding and gives you an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned in past, practiced in past to accomplish this qualification
  • Most amazing fact of this NVQ qualifications you will not fail it either you are competent enough or not and you will eventually complete it in given timeframe for this qualification i.e. 24 months.
  • There is no exam in NVQ qualifications hence you will be free of burden extra preparation and memorizing things from books or syllabus
  • NVQ qualifications develop professional skills in learners in their respective field or industrial domain

Where can you complete your NVQ qualifications?

You can achieve your NVQ qualifications available through approved course providers globally by staying at your workplace, as these qualifications do not require any classroom.

We “PAK Safety Solutions” are the pioneer institution offering NVQ qualifications (Level 5 Diploma in OHSP, Level 6 Diploma in OHSP) for many years through our partner institute in Pakistan and globally. Our expert assessor (approved by awarding bodies) having years of experience in training and assessment could help you to accomplish your NVQ qualifications through guidance, consultation and professional support.

How can you accomplish your NVQ qualifications?

NVQ Level 5 Diploma in OHSP or NVQ Level 6 Diploma in OHSP comprise of 10 units each and on the completion of each successful unit learner will progress to next unit, on the completion of all ten units learner will accomplish his/her qualification award issued by the awarding body.

PAK Safety Solutions’ experienced team is available throughout for professional assistance, guidance and consultation to help our learners to accomplish their NVQ qualifications.

Learners are issued with a login to an online portal in order to submit their unit assignment along with work-based evidence.

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Imran Shahbaz is a chartered health and safety practitioner and has over 18 years of diversified experience nationally and overseas with many multinational organisations. He is a registered HSE consultant(OSHCR), approved trainer(NEBOSH, IOSH, British Safety Council, HABC), approved assessor for NVQ Qualifications (Level 5 and 6).

What is Risk Assessment? The Five Steps Guide to Risk Assessment

What is Risk Assessment? The Five Steps Guide to Risk Assessment

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What is Risk Assessment

The Five Steps Guide to Risk Assessment

The Five Steps Guide to Risk Assessment

The Five Steps Guide to Risk Assessment

Risk is a common word we hear in our routine day-to-day work. It is used by motivational speakers very often that we must take the risk in order to achieve something or our goals, however, when we talk about risk in the context of health and safety at the workplace, we must be careful, we must estimate and evaluate risk in order to stay safe and healthy. In different countries, it is a legal requirement for employers with regards to health and safety, fire safety. Poor risk controls and or lack of risk controls always lead to serious events resulting in the loss.

What is Risk?
A risk could be defined as computation of likelihood that could cause event leading to harm and or consequences (e.g. physical injury, illness, property damage).

What is Risk Assessment, Estimation, and Evaluation?
When estimating and or evaluating risk at workplace there are a number of methods available for estimation and evaluation. This process of estimation and or evaluation is called risk assessment. Risk assessment is a process to carefully examine your workplace for hazards, risks and to determine control measures keeping in view existing control measures. Risk assessment is legally binding on employers as well.

When carrying risk assessment at the workplace, five steps of risk assessment from Health and Safety Executive is a simple and popular method to follow for risk assessment at any workplace, which will lead to good health and safety culture and minimize losses at the workplace.

What are the key steps to carry out Risk Assessment?

  1. Identify the hazards
  2. Decide who might be harmed and how
  3. Evaluate the risk and decide on precautions
  4. Record your significant findings
  5. Review your risk assessment and update if necessary

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Risk assessment is a legal duty placed on employers under the law in order to manage health and safety effectively and to prevent incidents proactively by taking actions on foreseeable risks. Risk assessment should be carried out by competent individuals generally as team approach including line manager, HSE specialist, technical expert, job supervisor, worker representative/worker safety representative and or worker involved in the work processes. Risk assessment should be reviewed time to time generally on annual basis, however, in case of significant event, changes in the work methods and or processes, changes in the technology, changes in the procedures and or legal requirements, enforcement actions from regulatory authorities, changes in the key management may lead to review of risk assessment. Many organizations review their risk assessment document time-to-time e.g. weekly, fortnightly, monthly, quarterly and or bi-annually.

What can PAK Safety Solutions do for you?

We at PAK Safety Solutions offer a range of HSE services including training, consultancy & advisory services, risk assessment is one of them. Our expert consultants/advisors can help you to manage your workplace health and safety risk due to their diversified experienced education in HSE. We can conduct the risk assessment using various methods e.g. probability matrix etc. We have offered such services to our clients in past for their industrial setups.

Other than the above, we also provide the training for the following Health and safety courses in Pakistan:

Manual Handling Hazards & Control Measures

Manual Handling Hazards & Control Measures

Manual Handling Hazards & Control Measures

Manual Handling Hazards & it’s Control Measures

What is manual handling?

Manual handling is a common task in our industry & it occurs in all environments through workers in construction, agriculture, hotels & restaurants. To understand hazards and risks associated with manual handling, first of all, we need to understand what manual handling is?

Manual handling is to move, pull and push or transfer of any material by hand or by the movement of your body parts.

What are the hazards & risks associated with Manual Handling?

Now, what could be the risks & hazards associated with manual handling? Manual handling injuries can take more than 3 days usually & almost 10 % major injuries are linked with manual handling work. In the UK, almost 1.1 Million workers are suffered due to musculoskeletal Disorder or their injury became worse due to Manual handling. Every worker that is involved in manual handling is at risk. It does not matter even if the load is light or heavy if you are not doing it in the proper posture you could be at risk of manual handling injury.

Work-related low back pain & injuries are the most common cause of manual handling. Manual handling can also cause acute trauma cuts or fracture due to accidents to the worker performing manual handing or to the other worker in work area. Other hazards or risk are neck & upper limb disorder, lower limb disorder, cuts, fractures & back pain.

Factors to consider (Assessing manual handling risks):

There are certain factors that make manual handling more dangerous & these factors are considered as risk factors. These risk factors must be considered before manual handling task which usually can be remembered as “TILE” i.e Task, Individual, Load & Environment.

What can PAK Safety Solutions do for you?

We at PAK Safety Solutions offer a range of HSE services including training, consultancy & advisory services, risk assessment is one of them. Our expert consultants/advisors can help you to manage your workplace health and safety risk due to their diversified experienced education in HSE. We can conduct the risk assessment using various methods e.g. probability matrix etc. We have offered such services to our clients in past for their industrial setups.

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This article is written by Ahsan Shahbaz. He is a HSE Professional with 03 years of experience in HSE. He is a Mechanical engineer, technical member of IOSH and approved tutor from various bodies e.g. IOSH, HABC.

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