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Health & Safety Advisor

Health and safety advisors or officers help prevent accidents, injuries and health problems in the workplace. You would create policies and make sure that employers and workers put them into
practice and follow safety laws. Your work would cover areas such as site safety, fire safety, occupational health, noise, safe use of machinery and control of hazardous substances.

What would I do?

  • Creating policies and procedures

  • Carrying out inspections and risk assessments

  • Keeping accident records

  • Advising on protective clothing and equipment

  • Training employees on safety issues

  • Investigating accidents and recommending improvements in safety standards

  • Keeping up to date with changes in the law​

Possible duties:

  • Good spoken and written communication skills

  • Good negotiation skills

  • A tactful but assertive manner

  • Logical thinking and problem solving ability

  • Attention to detail

  • Able to understand and interpret relevant laws​

Skills needed

This role will be office based, but with a lot of outdoor and on site investigation work. Be prepared to work in all weathers and conditions.
Typical working hours would be Monday to Friday, 35-40 hours per week. However you may need to be on call in case of emergencies or accidents.

What to expect

  • Starting salaries are around £18,000+ per year
    A health & safety manager could earn around £50,000 a year

Salaries

Possible routes

  • Apprenticeship scheme

  • You could study an NVQ Level 3 or British Safety Council Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety while working.

  • NEBOSH General Certificate

  • More advanced qualifications approved by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) can be taken to work as a full time Health & Safety Advisor/Officer.​

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