Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS)

Published: | Updated: January 4, 2017

Definition - What does Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) mean?

A certified occupational safety specialist (COSS) is responsible for the coordination of implementing health and safety plans in a variety of industries such as the chemical, construction or oil and gas industries. Their duties also include ensuring that adequate health and safety training is offered to employees and the provision of support to other health and safety managers.

Safeopedia explains Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS)

A certified occupational safety specialist will be in possession of training and certification in COSS from a recognized training provider. Their duties include the calculation of incident rates, the identification of hazards, the identification of regulatory requirements and the implementation of corrective measures and training. These specialists must have the ability to investigate accidents comprehensively and identify potential hazards and risks through regular inspections and audits. The development, implementation and maintenance of safety plans and safety manuals are also the responsibility of a certified occupational safety specialist.

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