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Health and Safety Advisor

As a health and safety advisor, officer or practitioner, you will be responsible for preventing accidents, injuries and health problems in the workplace. Your role will see you promote a positive health and safety culture throughout your organisation and ensuring that employers and workers are adhering to current health and safety legislation by creating and implementing health and safety policies. 

This role can be based in a variety of organisations ranging from small businesses to large, multinational organisations. Depending on your employer, your work could cover a variety of areas such as fire safety, occupational health, construction, safe handling of machinery and control of hazardous substances. 

Responsibilities

  • Developing effective policies and procedures
  • Conducting and recording regular risk assessments and inspections
  • Keeping accident records
  • Carrying out and recording incident investigations 
  • Training employees on safety issues
  • Staying up to date with health and safety legislation
  • Liaising with managers and making recommendations on safety standards
  • Working with Health and Safety Executive inspectors and trade unions

Required Skills and Qualifications

To become a health and safety advisor you will need:

  • A level 3 health and safety qualification such as the NEBOSH National General Certificate. For more senior level roles, a level 6 qualification will also be required such as the NEBOSH National Diploma
  • Proven health and safety experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good organisational skills with attention to detail
  • Problem solving skills
  • An ability to work to tight deadlines
  • You will ideally be working towards Graduate or Chartered status membership of IOSH (Grad IOSH/ CMIOSH) and already hold Technician status (Tech IOSH)

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