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HSE manager at BCT — South Africa
“Safety is a team effort.”
What does your role involve?
I represent the single greatest priority in the company: that everyone goes home safe, every day. I keep up to date with every aspect of safety, best practice and evolving environmental regulations, which includes everything from air quality and ergonomics to managing waste and reducing our footprint.
What type of person do you need to be to do your job?
You need to immerse yourself in the role, lead by example and practice what you preach. Your actions set the example for others to follow. You need to be alert, perceptive and quick to respond to potential safety issues. You need to be approachable as safety is a team effort.
Have you changed since working here?
I’m much better at getting my point across and persuading people. I have also found that I can cultivate good relationships with outside parties, like local authorities.