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Safety Officer Adviser Profile

Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Safety Officer Adviser. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Safety Officer Adviser
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Safety Officer Adviser Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Safety officers/advisers, also known as safety practitioners or health and safety advisers, ensure that safety requirements are met within the work place.

They also encourage and educate employees to take precautions and adhere to safety rules to protect themselves and the equipment they use from damage. This will range from simple advice about how long to spend at a computer terminal, to more complex information about handling dangerous substances.

Although the work is wide-ranging and will depend upon the size of the organisation, it is likely to include: arranging internal and external training for employees on safety issues; keeping track of and implementing codes of practice and regulations; updating and displaying information; regular inspections; assessing the risks of new substances or machinery; maintaining accident records; advising on appropriate protective clothing and on the cost of implementing changes.

When accidents occur safety officers lead the investigations, identify the causes and advise on any improvements in safety standards that need to be made. Safety officers also liaise with other agencies and internal staff over insurance, purchasing requirements and other issues.

They may be required to keep databases and other records up to date and will also be required to write reports.

Hours and Environment

Safety officers are likely to work 37-40 hours per week, Monday to Friday. This may include shifts and overtime. Accidents and other emergencies may require call-out at short notice.

Some safety officers work part-time hours or may combine the role of safety officer with the role of office manager, facilities manager or another role.

They are usually office based but may be required to visit other premises or sites. Some work environments can be noisy, oily, dirty or smelly.

Skills and Interests

To be a safety officer/adviser you should:

  • be up to date with law and technological developments
  • have good communication and presentation skills to ensure the implementation of policy at every level in the work place
  • have good negotiating skills, tact and diplomacy
  • be persistent and assertive to overcome reluctance of employees to implement appropriate practice
  • have a good level of physical fitness, stamina and physical agility
  • have a logical and enquiring mind when investigating accidents
  • be able to cope under pressure.


Entry
 
You need commercial/industry-related work experience. There is no upper age limit, and most safety advisers are mature entrants. If you wish to work in larger organisations you may need a relevant degree or work-based qualifications.

There are degrees in occupational health and safety or health and safety management offered by a number of institutions. Entry to degree courses normally requires a minimum of five GCSEs(A-C)/S grades (1-3) with three A levels/four H grades, or equivalent.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Training

You can study for the two-part National Diploma awarded by the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH). No formal academic entry qualifications are required. Study can be full or part-time or by distance learning. Part One requires 172 hours'' of tuition and 92 hours'' of private study, and is suitable for practitioners dealing with routine matters of low risk. Part Two requires 194 hours'' of tuition and about 100 hours'' of private study. Each syllabus covers the management of risk, legal and organisational matters, the workplace, work equipment and agents.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) offers professional development courses to its members. Diploma Part Two (NEBOSH) satisfies the academic requirement for admission to IOSH. Those with Part One are recognised as technician safety practitioners.

NEBOSH also awards the Specialist Diploma in Environmental Management, which aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the environmental impact of work activities.

Those with responsibility for safety but not employed full-time in such a role, eg managers, supervisors and site agents, may complete the short courses and examinations for the NEBOSH General Certificate or the Certificate in Construction Safety. The British Safety Council also awards the Diploma in Safety Management.

NVQ/SVQs levels 3 and 4 are available in Occupational Health and Safety Practice. These offer options in General Occupational Health and Safety Practice or Radiation Protection at Level 3, and General Occupational Health and Safety Practice, Radiation Protection or Occupational Hygiene at Level 4. There are no academic entry requirements.

For those working in radiation safety, there is an NVQ in Occupational Health and Safety Radiation Protection Support at Level 2.

Opportunities

Employers include industry, commerce, public utilities, local authorities and the Civil Service. There are also opportunities to work for the Health and Safety Executive or local authorities as inspectors, or as trainers in companies.

More responsibility can be gained by moving to larger organisations or by specialising in a certain area, for example - construction, radiation or risk assessment.

There are opportunities for self-employment, consultancy and overseas work.

In certain industries, such as chemical and offshore oil and gas, it is possible to become a safety director. There are sometimes opportunities to move into general management roles.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

A local newspaper editor would start on around £15,000 a year.
Section editors on magazines and newspapers can earn up to £30,000 a year.
Experienced editors and commissioning editors can earn in excess of £40,000 a year.

Pay scales vary depending on experience, position, and the type and location of employer. Freelance editors negotiate a set fee or daily rate.

Further information

British Safety Council
National Safety Centre
70 Chancellors Road
London
W6 9RS
Tel: 020 8741 1231
www.britishsafetycouncil.co.uk

National Examination Board for Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH)
Dominus Way
Meridian Business Park
Leicester
LE3 2QW
Tel: 0116 263 4700
www.nebosh.org.uk

Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH)
The Grange
Highfield Drive
Wigston
Leicestershire
LE18 1NN
Tel: 0116 257 3100
www.iosh.co.uk

Employment NTO *
Kimberley House
47 Vaughan Way
Leicester
LE1 4SG
Tel: 0116 251 7979
www.empnto.co.uk

* PLEASE NOTE
National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website: www.ssda.org.uk

Other Useful Safety Officer Adviser Work Information

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