- Help prevent and deal with accidents, injuries and health problems in the workplace
- You'll need a strong sense of responsibility and technical skills and knowledge of health and safety practice and regulations
- Opportunities to work in a wide range of industries and to progress into management or consultancy work
As a health & safety adviser, your job will involve the creation and implementation of policies to ensure companies and institutions are running at their optimum level of health and safety.
- 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, and chemical processing. You might be working in an office, on a construction site, in local government or in an NHS or private hospital. Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time and safety clothing might be required.
This role would be ideal for someone who is thorough and has key attention to detail, initiative, can work well with others, is persistent and determined, has legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations, knowledge of English language, maths, teaching and the ability to design courses.
You can do a degree or postgraduate diploma recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
You can do an advanced apprenticeship as a safety, health and environment technician. You can also complete an environment health practitioner degree apprenticeship, if you're going to work mainly in environmental safety.
While you're working, you could also study for a health and safety qualification to improve your chances of finding a trainee position. Courses can be part-time or completed through distance learning.
You can take approved health and safety courses through NEBOSH, British Safety Council, and National Compliance and Risk Qualifications.
With experience, you could move into a safety management role. You could also become a consultant and specialise in a particular area, like environmental, construction or food safety. With further study you could move into research or lecturing.