Ensuring Safety in Construction

Need a competent and qualified site safety & health officer (SSHO) for your construction project? TITAN Consultant’s SSHOs are the best in the industry. All our SSHO’s have at a minimum:

  • 5 years’ experience in USACE, NAVFAC, and VA projects as SSHOs
  • OSHA 30-hr Construction DOL card
  • Active First Aid / CPR / AED
  • 24-hrs Fall Protection Competent Person per EM 385-1-1 requirements
  • 8-hrs annual safety continued education

Per the EM 385-1-1, Section 01.A.17, the SSHO and Alternate SSHO must have the following qualified training, experience, and qualifications:

  • Produce a copy of their instructor-signed OSHA 30-hour training card.
  • Possess 5 years of continuous construction industry safety experience in managing general construction or 5 years of continuous general industry safety experience in managing general industry.
  • If the SSHO has a third-party, Nationally Accredited SOH-related certification, only 4-years or related experience above is needed.
  • Maintain competency through taking 8 hours of documented formal, online, or self-study safety and health related coursework every year.
  • 24-hours competent person fall protection training.

Per the Governmental Safety Requirements specifications within most Prime Construction Contracts, the primary roles and responsibilities of the SSHOs include:

  • The SSHO or an equally qualified Alternate SSHO must be at the work site at all times to implement and administer the Government-Approved Accident Prevention Plan (APP) and Contractor’s Safety Plan.
  • If the SSHO is off-site for a period of no more than 24 hours, the Alternate SSHO must fulfill the same roles and responsibilities as the primary SSHO.
  • Conduct daily safety and health inspections and maintain a written log of what area were inspected, dates, hazards, corrective actions, and dates corrections were made. Submit this daily report to the QC Manager for submission to the government.
  • Conduct mishap investigations and complete accident reports. Report near misses.
  • Use and maintain OSHA’s Form 300 to log work-related injuries occurred on the project. Post and maintain Form 300A on the site safety bulletin board at the project site.
  • Attend pre-construction meeting, mutual understanding meeting, three-phase quality meetings, and progress meetings.
  • Review the APP and Accident Hazard Awareness (AHAs) for compliance with the EM 385-1-1. Approve, implement, and enforce all safety plans and AHAs on the project.
  • Maintain applicable safety reference material on the job site.
  • Establish and maintain a safety deficiency tracking system, making note of all safety deficiencies and ensuring they are corrected timely.
  • Maintain a list of hazardous chemicals on site and their Safety Data Sheets (SDSs).
  • Maintain a weekly list of high hazard activities involving energy, equipment, excavation, entry into a confined space, and elevation, and be prepared to discuss details during Quality Control Progress Meetings.

Site Safety Officer Duties PDF

We are proud to have worked in the following countries:

Puerto Rico
U.S. Virgin Islands
Guam
Korea
Japan
Afghanistan
Brazil

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The site safety and health officer (SSHO) is ultimately responsible to ensure and enforce government and prime contractor safety policies while work is being performed on the construction project.

 

You cannot replace experience with education in this profession. But to start as an SSHO, the best certification to start with should be your OSHA 30-hr, First Aid, CPR, 24-hr fall protection competent person, and EM 385-1-1 40 hr. These courses will prepare the SSHO in how to read and enforce the required safety policies.

 

You should first begin your path by supervising operations as an HSE Manager or SSHO in general industry or construction industry. You will need to first establish 5 years of documented safety supervisory experience. During this time, you should begin taking OSHA 30-hr, CPR, First Aid, 24-hs fall protection competent person, and EM 385-1-1 40 hr course. After these are complete, you should be qualified to work as an SSHO on some USACE and NAVFAC construction projects.

 

SSHO stands for Site Safety & Health Officer. The SSHO is responsible to ensure the safety od the construction project by enforcing government and prime contractor safety policies.

 

Like all positions, pay rates vary depending on the level of responsibility, hours worked, and project complexity. But the industry average

 

Not all the projects have the same. The more complex the construction project, the more qualifications may be required. But most construction projects require the SSHO have: 5 year’s continuous safety experience (construction or general industry) as a supervisor or manager, OSHA 30-hr card issued by the Department of Labor (DOL), 24-hour fall protection competent person (per EM 385-1-1), active first aid/CPR card, and 8 hours of continued experience annually in construction safety.

 

Some projects may have multiple sites, which may not allow proper safety supervisors to be available to enforce the safety requirements. In lieu of this, many prime contracts require multiple SSHOs (1 per worksite location), or for the prime contractor to assign Designated Representatives (DR), or Collateral Duty Safety Officers (CDSO) to report directly to the SSHO of their findings and reports. This ensures that safety is being monitored at all times on the construction site.

 
  1. Conduct daily safety and health inspections and maintain a written log of what area were inspected, dates, hazards, corrective actions, and dates corrections were made. Submit this daily report to the QC Manager for submission to the government.
  2. Conduct mishap investigations and complete accident reports. Report near misses.
  3. Use and maintain OSHA’s Form 300 to log work-related injuries occurred on the project. Post and maintain Form 300A on the site safety bulletin board at the project site.
  4. Attend pre-construction meeting, mutual understanding meeting, three-phase quality meetings, and progress meetings.
  5. Review the APP and Accident Hazard Awareness (AHAs) for compliance with the EM 385-1-1. Approve, implement, and enforce all safety plans and AHAs on the project.