Although safety is important in all industries, it’s especially important in the light industrial sector where workers are often faced with hazardous conditions. Consequently, you’ll want to show that you’re genuinely passionate about safety during a job interview because it should impress your recruiter. Here are some details about workplace safety and why you should make this topic a priority during an interview.
Some Injury Statistics
According to the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “there were nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2014 occurring at a rate of 3.2 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers.” While these numbers have diminished over the past decade plus, it shows that a significant number of workers are injured on any given year.
This also means that no one is immune from becoming injured on the job and that safety is definitely something to take seriously. That’s why OSHA is so meticulous about inspecting companies and penalizing those who don’t meet safety standards.
Showing Safety is a Concern
During an interview, a recruiter will ask you many questions to determine your level of responsibility and how good of a fit you would be for their company. Whether it’s physical, ergonomic or chemical hazards, employers want to know that their employees are going to do everything possible to maintain a safe working environment for themselves as well as other employees.
After all, an unsafe workplace can be a major productivity killer and result in penalties – not to mention bad publicity. So whether they touch on it or not, it’s smart to bring up the topic of safety and explain that it’s something you take seriously. Doing so should put an interviewer’s mind at ease and help you get your foot in the door.
Proving You Care
Here are some techniques for bringing up the topic of safety during an interview:
- Highlight the measures you took at a previous job to maximize workplace safety
- Ask open-ended questions about the current state of safety at your potential employer’s company
- If you’re asked what your passions are, be sure to include safety
- If you’re asked what special talents you can bring to the table, explain how you would enhance workplace safety
During your next job interview, take a moment to discuss the topic of safety, and explain that it’s something near and dear to your heart. Doing so should help you make a positive impression on your recruiter and improve your odds of landing the job.
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