Most of us in the safety profession, we didn’t grow up dreaming about a day when we’d go to work with the responsibility to make sure that our colleagues had a safe working environment. Yet, here we are, by choice, by circumstance, or by accident. In my career, I’ve served as a former Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) investigator, private sector environmental safety & health (EHS) leader, and now as a Chief Safety Officer (CSO). But my first interest was in public health and education. In fact, many of the safety pros I speak with today did not come to safety with a corresponding academic background. Some were hurt on the job, some were handed the responsibility, others received on-the-job-training (OJT), while a very few made the choice to focus their studies with an eye for a safety career.
No matter your expertise level, I developed this short 10-question quiz, to help you assess your readiness for the safety role (if it’s new to you), or remind you of a few major, practical responsibilities that you need to account for at most organizations (if you’re a more seasoned pro).
Take the quiz and see where you’re at. I would like your feedback and some ideas for additional questions, so be sure to leave a comment.