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Health and safety career path


Using your knowledge and skill-set to reduce work-related accidents, injuries and illness can be hugely satisfying, but what qualifications will ensure the most financially rewarding?

Where to start when planning your health and safety career path

The qualifications you need to get will depend on the type of job you are looking for. There are many different professional courses but to gain a broad understanding of health and safety issues, take the NEBOSH General Certificate. This is regarded as an essential minimum qualification for any full time health and safety job and can be seen as the first step on your journey to a career in health and safety.

A New Career in Health and Safety

Health and safety advisers, also known as officers or practitioners, use their knowledge and skills to promote a positive health and safety culture in the workplace. Roles include managerial duties, how to conduct an adequate risk assessment and how to investigate risks. Salaries vary significantly depending on the sector, the size of the employing organisation and your level of experience and qualifications. Being flexible about which organisation you work for and the location that you work in will give you greater opportunities for progression.

An enormous range of career opportunities

Your health and safety career path can lead to working in a range of organisations, from multinationals to small consultancies. Health and safety advisers plan, implement, monitor and review protective and preventative safety measures. They are responsible for ensuring that employers and workers comply with safety legislation and that safety policies and practices are adopted and adhered to.

Tips on getting a professional health and safety role

Any kind of health and safety related work experience will give you a good head start when applying for future roles. Usually employees are allocated the job of overseeing safety as an 'extra' to their main role. Try to gain practical health and safety experience in the area that you would like to work in. If you don't already have professional qualifications, your training is likely to include part-time study for either a NEBOSH or IOSH qualification. But be warned, completing a health and safety course can be challenging, especially if you are trying to juggle work and other commitments.

Need more help and advice?

If you are in any doubt ,you can call upon RISK to provide health and safety advice on the best qualifications for your career development or company - as well as the very highest standards of industry relevant training.