Health and Safety AdviserJob Description:
Health and safety advisers work to reduce accidents, injury and health problems in the workplace.Job Category:
What you will do:
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- developing safety policies and procedures
- advising and training staff on health and safety practices
- making regular inspections
- doing risk assessments
- investigating and recording accidents in the workplace
- working with relevant inspectors and trade unions
You could work in many different industries including:
- construction and engineering
- mining, quarrying, oil and gas exploration
- manufacturing and services
- chemical processing
You could also work in public services like hospitals, education and local government.
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- knowledge of public safety and security
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- maths knowledge
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
As well as:
To become a Health & Safety Advisor, you typically don’t need specific subjects, but having a strong educational foundation and certain skills can be beneficial for this career. Health & Safety Advisors focus on ensuring workplace safety, so knowledge in related subjects and practical skills are important. Here are some relevant subjects and skills:
- Mathematics: Good math skills are essential for analysing data related to safety incidents and evaluating risks.
- Science: A basic understanding of biology, chemistry, and physics can help you comprehend workplace hazards and safety measures.
- English Language: Strong communication skills are crucial for writing reports, creating safety manuals, and effectively communicating safety procedures.
- Information Technology (IT): Proficiency in using computers and relevant software is important for data analysis and record-keeping.
- Design and Technology: Knowledge of this subject can be helpful for understanding machinery, equipment, and safety features in various workplaces.
- Physical Education (PE): A basic understanding of human anatomy and physical fitness can be valuable when assessing ergonomic factors and promoting worker well-being.
- Geography: An understanding of geography can be beneficial when evaluating environmental hazards and safety concerns.
- Psychology: Knowledge of psychology can aid in understanding human behavior and how it relates to safety in the workplace.
You’ll usually need a degree, MSc or postgraduate diploma recognised by your local Health & Safety department (in the UK it is the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)).
You can also take an approved degree-level qualification.
If you don’t have a degree, you’ll usually need some relevant work experience and a qualification in health and safety recognised by IOSH.
You could study for a health and safety qualification while you’re working. You could also take a course before looking for a trainee position.
Working Hours and Environment:
You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. In some industries, your hours may be irregular and you could work shifts or be expected to be on-call for emergencies.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could move into a management role.
You could also become a consultant and specialise in a particular area, like environmental safety. With further study you could move into research or lecturing.