The disaster in the community of West,TX reminded us of what happens when companies do not follow safety standards and government officials fail to enforce them – Lives are lost and adversely impacted.Our prayers and thoughts go out to the victims and their families especially to the first responders who bravely fought the fire until the end.
Why These Job Skills Are Important For Safety Professionals
Over the next decade safety professionals will be in high demand because companies and governments can no longer afford to deal with the aftermath of accidents and disasters, like explosions, that could have been prevented. In response to the rise in these positions, we decided to explore what skills employers want in the safety professionals. Here are some of our findings .
The ability to create and implement safety programs across cultures: One of my clients recently said,“What works in Peoria, IL may not work in Pune, India. I need a safety manager who understands that concept.” In the global workplace, there is no such thing as a “cookie cutter” safety program. Safety professionals have to be sensitive to the cultures, communication styles and languages of the people across their companies because miscommunication can lead to disasters. Companies will be looking for safety professionals who understand how to deliver and manage multicultural programs.
Ability to understand, communicate and implement new government regulations: OSHA, EPA, Homeland Security and state government agencies change safety regulations on a regular basis. It is up to the Safety professionals to understand these rules and implement them in a way that is easily adopted by their company's workflow and culture.
Incident Response Management & Situational Leadership:“When it comes to emergency response, safety managers have to have nerves of steel and the mind of a battlefield commander.” The West Fertilizer plant explosion, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident and the BP oil spill have brought incident response management and situational leadership to the forefront in the corporate board room, the media and the general public. Successful safety professionals will need training and experience in these areas to handle complex emergencies and intense media scrutiny.
The ability to communicate the savings of safety programs in financial terms: Safety professionals must be able to communicate the benefits of their safety programs in financial terms such as Return on Investment (ROI), Triple Bottom Line (3BL) and Internal Rate of Return (IRR). Communicating in these terms will help assure corporate managers that investments in safety equipment and programs are not only protecting the lives of their workers but averting the chance of large financial losses due to accident related insurance payouts as well.
A strong understanding of Workplace Psychology: Safety professionals have to understand how and why workers and managers "overlook" or "shortcut" safety procedures in order to make their training more effective and take steps to correct behaviors that could lead to an incident.
A strong understanding of Root Cause Analysis and Accident Investigation: The CSI television series have popularized forensics and accident investigations. Like CSI, safety professionals have to investigate how and why an incident occurred and develop new procedures and protocols to avert future incidents.
A Point to Remember About Becoming A Safety Professional
One important point to remember about being a competent safety professional is remembering that the profession is about protecting people.
We would like to say thank you to the thousands of current and prospective emergency responders, government employees, utility crews and volunteers who have gone beyond the call of duty to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Our prayers for strength and courage are with you.
Sandy Disaster Recovery Jobs Posted
For the thousands of job seekers who want disaster recovery jobs, we have compiled links to these jobs:
For People Interested In Turning Their Disaster Recovery Jobs into Careers
People who have professional and craft related construction experience and skills are especially needed in the hardest areas. Disaster Recovery jobs can dovetail into full-time work based upon good performance and strong networking with key people . More jobs to come. Thanks for reading
Construction jobs in high demand after major disasters
It is our hope is that we can pull together as a nation to help rebuild the communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. To help in the effort to rebuild and put the unemployed to work, we have put together a list of the hottest hurricane sandy recovery jobs. This is by no means a comprehensive list. We fully expect the federal government and each affected state to mobilize an effort to create thousands of temporary disaster recovery jobs. To find more information on recovery employment, please go to FEMA.gov or your state’s emergency management and department of labor websites.
Architects: Many commercial building and home owners will use the hurricane damage as an opportunity to update and upgrade their holdings. Architects will be at the forefront of the new designs.
Building & Construction Inspectors: Every bit of new construction will have to be inspected to make sure it meets the updated codes and regulations.
Construction Estimators: Estimators find the costs of construction in materials and working hours. They will be busy throughout the recovery.
Construction Trades: Skilled construction trades such as brick layers, carpenters, electricians and plumbers will be high demand as well.
Civil Engineers: The hurricane did serious damage to bridges, roads and other infrastructure. Civil engineers will be involved in the design and construction of these damaged areas.
Electrical/ Utility Technicians: In the short-term, the utility industry will rely heavily on crews from other states to restore power. Over the long-term, major sections of the water damaged electrical grid will have to be replaced and there will be a need for new technicians.
Equipment Operators: Bob cats, bulldozers and crane operators will be in high demand to clear debris throughout the affected region.
Hazardous Materials & Solid Waste Handlers: Besides destroying buildings and infrastructure, disasters create a lot of trash. Some of it is hazardous to public health. Workers in this area will responsible for the clean up, disposal and recycling of hazardous materials and solid wastes.
Here are the Up And Coming Areas of Civil Engineering we will cover over our series of posts.
Ports, Harbors & Off Shore Facilities
Storm Water & flood Mitigation
Dams & Levees
Power Grid & Pipeline Infrastructure
Drinking & Wastewater Infrastructure
Why You Will Benefit From These Posts
The main reason job seekers will benefit from reading these posts is that large scale and long term civil engineering projects tend to create additional local jobs in their “ripple effect”. For example: The metro Atlanta area is voting on a $6 billion transportation bill to alleviate its major congestion problems. Projects like these could produce hundred or thousands of jobs in the following indusries:
Construction & labor Staffing
Concrete/asphalt & aggregate
Restaurants & food stores (These people do eat lunch)
Banking & retail
and many more.
We will cover these details of how civil engineering projects create job growth more in depth as we go along.
Hinton Human Capital, an emerging leader in executive search and staffing for Green, Environmental and Infrastructure industries is now searching for a Sr. Hydrogeologist/ Project Manager for a international engineering consulting firm in Austin, TX. The ideal candidate for this position will have at least 10 years of demonstrated consulting experience in the following areas:
A proven “Seller/Doer” track record of business development, project management and technical accomplishments in soil & groundwater remediation for manufacturing, energy, railroad or utilities industries.
Ability to build and maintain relationships with clients, federal, state and local regulators and stake holders.
In-depth knowledge of EPA and state regulations
Oversee the work of mid level technical specialists and junior staff.
Knowledge of current remediation technologies is required
BS in Geology or Geological Engineering is required