Health and Safety Adviser

 

Health and safety advisers work to reduce accidents, injury and health problems in the workplace.

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • training through a professional body

 

University

You can do a degree or postgraduate diploma recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

You’ll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

 

Apprenticeship

You can work towards this role through an advanced apprenticeship as a safety, health and environment technician.

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

 

Training through a Professional Body

You could study for a health and safety qualification while you’re working or to improve your chances of finding a trainee position.

These are likely to include health and safety in the workplace, regulations, risk assessment and basic accident investigation. Courses are usually available on a part-time basis or by distance learning.

 

Skills and Knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of English language
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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

The following salaries are a guide only:

  • Starter: £22,000
  • Experienced: £70,000

 

Working Conditions

  • You’ll usually work Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6pm.  You may work evenings or weekends dependant on the company you work for.
  • You’ll spend time in an office and visiting sites/areas.
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