As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or President, your responsibilities include developing and implementing high-level strategies, making major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of a company and demonstrating safety leadership. In this role, it is imperative to lead by example by exercising the five critical components of safety leadership, including field presence, effective communication, feedback, accountability and bench-marking. Safety Leadership by example is critical in keeping EMR rates, OSHA recordables and zero incident philosophy.
The role of the CEO/President may vary from one company to another depending on its size and organization. In smaller companies, the CEO/President will often have a much more hands-on role in safety. However, in larger companies, the CEO/President deals with only the higher-level strategy of the company and directing its overall growth, with most other tasks delegated to managers and departments who are responsible for overall safety and employee training. The CEO/President should always routinely communicate and stress their company’s safety mission statement and culture to all of their employees to ensure safety leadership.