Health and safety officers
Average Annual Pay
Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017
Average Weekly Hours
Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015
Labour Force Survey 2018
Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)
Health and safety officers counsel employees to ensure and promote health and safety in the workplace and co-ordinate accident prevention and health and safety measures within an establishment or organisation.
QualificationsEntrants usually possess an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice. Higher level accredited qualifications (at Levels 4 to 6) are achievable via the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
- inspects workplace areas to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation;
- helps to develop effective health and safety policies and procedures and carries out risk assessments;
- instructs workers in the proper use of protective clothing and safety devices and conducts routine tests on that equipment;
- compiles statistics on accidents and injuries, analyses their causes and makes recommendations to management accordingly;
- maintains contact with those off work due to illness;
- counsels individuals on any personal or domestic problems affecting their work;
- gives talks and distributes information on accident prevention, and keeps up to date with the relevant legislation.
Common job titles
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