Health & Safety Officers are responsible for creating a positive health and safety culture within a workplace. They are also responsible for ensuring that your colleagues and employers comply with the current safety policies and legislation.
Along with setting policies for the company, the role also covers creating risk assessments, completing regular inspections, creating detailed reports and engaging your colleagues to keep them up to date on health and safety matters.
While salaries can vary significantly depending on sector, the benchmark for a starting position is currently in the region of £24,000 – £32,000. This can increase to £40,000 – £55,000 in some senior positions.
How to get started in a career in health & safety
The NEBOSH General Certificate is an industry recognised qualification and in many instances, is seen as the minimum qualification for anyone looking to move into a health and safety role. Following this, there are the specialist NEBOSH courses and diplomas, these can be used in conjunction with IOSH membership. For more information about the structure of these courses/memberships visit our previous blog.
While the legislation may vary, a career in health and safety offers a good long term option. You may wish to specialise in a particular industrial sector, once you have gained enough experience, for example, in an area such as terrorism, nuclear safety, or offshore oil and gas.
Visit the SOA Safety website for a full range of health and safety courses to kick start your health and safety career, including NEBOSH.