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Job Description

Health and Safety Officers are responsible for ensuring that employees comply with health and safety legislation and that safety policies are practiced and adhered too. They will carry out risk assessments, site inspections, provide training and make sure that any incidents are recorded correctly.

Entry Requirements

You'll usually need a a degree, MSc or postgraduate diploma recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

You can also take an approved degree-level qualification through:

  • NEBOSH
  • British Safety Council
  • City& Guilds
  • National Compliance and Risk Qualifications (NCRQ)

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.

IOSH has more information about courses and careers in health and safety.

The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register has a list of professional bodies and examining boards.

Career Path and 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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Agricultural inspector
  • Trade union official
  • Environmental health officer
  • Meat hygiene inspector
  • Human resources officer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Ability to communicate health & safety procedures effectively
  • Good IT skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Patience and diplomacy to implement effective training
  • A flexible approach to work

Starting Salary

£30,000 to £35,000

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