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
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
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
- 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
- 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.