Chief Safety Officer

Job Advert Summary

  • PURPOSE: To implement Safety Health and Environmental policies and to draft, review, revise and implement SHE procedures. To ensure Safety Health and Environmental compliance to legal and other requirements. To assume the duties and responsibilities of the Chief Safety Officer.


  • MAJOR CHALLENGES: Keep up to date with new compliance requirements. Relationship with internal and external stakeholders. Cost control in terms of allocation of costs due to corporate initiatives. Inter- departmental relationships, projects with regards to mine planning (maintenance of systems and certification). Impact of non-compliance on business. Incident management. Staffing of Safety Health and Environmental Department as per legal requirements. Document management.

Minimum Requirements


  • B Tech Safety Management (Essential/Minimum or)
  • B Tech (Relevant) (Essential/Minimum)
  • Certificate First Line Management (Essential/Minimum)


  • 3-5 years Experience within the Safety Health and Environment field Importance: Essential/Minimum
  • Involvement: Operational


  • Psychometric Assessment (Essential/Minimum) (To be conducted by Exxaro)
  • Certificate of Fitness (Essential/Minimum) (To be conducted by Exxaro)
  • MHS Act Reg 2.17.4 Chief Safety Officer (Essential/Minimum)

Duties & Responsibilities

The incumbent will inter alia be responsible for the following:

Best Practice and Knowledge Management

  • Implement best practices within Business Unit (BU)
  • Investigate opportunities to continually improve Safety Health and Environmental (SHE) processes and systems while measuring the effectiveness thereof.
  • Actively pursue exchange and preservation of information between operations and individuals to facilitate effective knowledge management according to organisational objectives.

Business Performance and Operations

  • Identify, prioritise and manage Occupational Health and Hygiene (OH&H) risks for BU
  • Manage implementation of OH&H Management System and ensure corrective actions are implemented for all incidents within BU
  • Ensure development, implementation and monitoring of OH&H Programs within BU
  • Advise BU Managers during planning, implementation and operation of OH&H management system
  • Health, Hygiene and Medical exposure management within BU
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Compliance, Governance and Assurance

  • Ensure all relevant policies, procedures, standards and guidelines are implemented and BU complies with SHE legal and other requirements
  • Implement effective SHE management systems and processes to support BU needs in developing and submitting legal documents to relevant stakeholders as required for technical standards and audits
  • Manage reporting and monitoring on SHE issues
  • Review and submit recommendations to drive down all SHE Financial Liabilities
  • Adhere to Quality Management Standard (QMS) requirements

Customer, Stakeholder and Client Relationship Management

  • Assist in evaluation of discipline-specific standards, principles and practice to enable planning, design and implementation of safe outcomes that support business strategy
  • Maintain effective internal and external stakeholder relationships within sphere of control
  • Facilitate stakeholder engagement forums

Effective People Management

  • Maintain an optimised team structure that is manned by staff that are motivated, empowered and lead by sound performance management and transformational leadership practices
  • Promote teamwork, provide support and manage performance
  • Ensure all SHE employees are competent (in terms of skills, knowledge, attitude and experience) to execute tasks according to set standards

Financial Management

  • Manage and ensure compilation, implementation and monitoring of SHE value add to ensure funds are optimally utilised and service delivery within budget
  • Ensure SHE capability targets are achieved

Functional Excellence

  • Adhere to functional policies, standards, guidelines, procedures, end- to-end processes, tools, templates etc.
  • Assist in standardising, simplifying and speeding-up functional processes, eliminating duplication and bureaucracy
  • Apply functional best practices, promote sharing of best practices and knowledge

SHEC Operations

  • Advise line management to ensure BU and corporate programs and legal requirements are effectively implemented and maintained
  • Implement and maintain SHE policy and management systems
  • Ensure management and employees understand workplace SHE hazards and risks in terms of achieving zero harm
  • Evaluate effectiveness of controls in terms of SHE risk assessments and other relevant actions
  • Facilitate incident management
  • Participate in SHE audits
  • Ensure timeous reporting
  • Emergency preparedness management within BU
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Safe and Healthy Work Environment

  • Maintain and ensure a healthy environment, safe operations and practices, ensuring compliance with all applicable Safety Health Environment and Community (SHEC) policies and procedures in line with set standards
  • Encourage a culture that focuses on safety in all operations
  • Appointment under section 2.17.4 of Mine Health and Safety Act (MHSA)
  • Appointment as management representative for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OSHAS) and International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Certification

Behavioural Alignment

Demonstrates the following:

  • Creativity, collaboration, sociable and awareness to the ecosystem
  • Stewardship, accountability, ability to develop trust, safety conscious and ethical
  • Ability to respond quickly to business needs/agility, flexibility, continuous learning, innovation and proven ability to experiment on creative business solutions
  • Ability to be inclusive, eagerness for multiple skills, embraces multiple cultures, accepts different approaches and be human-centric/empathetic
  • Results oriented, quality driven, excellence, entrepreneurial abilities, efficient and effective

The appointment will be made in accordance with Exxaro’s Employment Equity policy.
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