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 do an advanced apprenticeship as a safety, health and environment technician.

You can also complete an environmental health practitioner degree apprenticeship, if you're going to work mainly in environmental safety.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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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
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • persistence and determination
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of English language
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • maths knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

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 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.

You may need to wear safety clothing.

Career path and progression

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, training or lecturing.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Health Safety & Environmental Apprentice

  • Wage : £174.00 - £328.40 Weekly
  • Location: YO15 3QY

Safety, Health and Environmental Technician Apprentice

  • Wage : £150.00 - £308.00 Weekly
  • Location: Keighley BD20 7BX

Courses In England

TUC in Occupational Health & Safety Diploma 2

  • Provider: MANCHESTER COLLEGE (THE)
  • Start date: 04 September 2020
  • Location: Manchester

P1020-01 - NEBOSH Occupational Health & Safety Level 5 National Diploma

  • Provider: STOKE ON TRENT COLLEGE
  • Start date: 24 February 2020
  • Location: STOKE - ON - TRENT

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