Health and safety adviser

Alternative titles for this job include Health and safety officer

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

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter

to

£70,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm flexibly

How to become a health and safety adviser

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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

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

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Apprenticeship

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

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Other routes

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.

You can take approved health and safety courses through:

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Professional and industry bodies

The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register has a list of professional bodies offering membership options.

Further information

You can find more on careers in health and safety from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register.

What it takes

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

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in government or in an NHS or private hospital.

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

SHEQ Apprentice

  • Wage : £16,200.00 Annually
  • Location: CH62 3QR

Safety, Health and Environmental Technician Apprentice

  • Wage : £12,000.00 - £15,000.00 Annually
  • Location: London NW9 5FW

Courses In England

TUC in Occupational Health & Safety Diploma 2

  • Provider: MANCHESTER COLLEGE (THE)
  • Start date: 04 September 2019
  • Location: Manchester

P1020-02 - NEBOSH - Occupational Health and Safety Level 3 National General Certificate

  • Provider: STOKE ON TRENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 25 February 2020
  • Location: STOKE - ON - TRENT

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