Think about careers that help others, improve lives and keep people safe and jobs ranging from police officer and fire-fighter through to surgeon probably spring to mind. It’s unlikely that Health and Safety careers feature high on many people’s lists though.
When you take time to consider how much time people spend at work however, it’s exactly what Health and Safety professionals do.
We spend a great deal of our time at work and we want that time to be enjoyable. Unfortunately no matter what the environment accidents at work do happen. Making sure that people are safe at work can be a highly rewarding career. Most people have come across a Health and Safety Practitioner but very few of them understand what the role entails.
What does a Health and Safety Practitioner do?
In the simplest terms, a Health and Safety Practitioner is responsible for ensuring that staff and colleagues commit to working safely. It requires you to have an understanding of Health and Safety legislation as well as a knowledge of your colleague’s roles and responsibilities. Assessments and audits of how people work and the risks that they face are a significant component of the role, as is training people and changing cultures and behaviours across your company.
But no two Health and Safety roles are the same. Some Practitioners are concerned with working practices, others with the maintenance of large buildings. For some, the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (CoSHH) and dealing with toxic waste may be the priority. The job really is that varied.
What Health and Safety qualifications do I need?
The qualifications you require depend largely on the size of your role, the environment that you’re working in and your own ambition. For many people who are taking on the role as part of their existing job, then a short introduction to Health and Safety Training Course will suffice. There are professional NEBOSH qualifications available for people who want make Health and Safety more of a specialism.
If you are looking for a long term career in Health and Safety, then you could take the EEF Oxford Brookes MSc in Health and Safety.
What are the benefits?
If you are going to specialise in Health and Safety, then you should be aware of the financial benefits that it can provide. You can review this “Value of a Health and Safety MSc” infographic for more information.
On top of that, you are giving yourself the opportunity to work in a range of industries and across the world. Many companies are legally required to employ a Health and Safety Practitioner and the best qualified candidates are in high demand.
To understand what you can expect to earn at different levels, and also download our HSE career profiles, read our Health and Safety Salary Tables 2017 blog post.
EEF Training are among the UK’s most established and respected providers of Health and Safety training. From short introductory courses to accredited professional qualifications, EEF Training can provide you and your team with a course that is perfectly matched to your needs. EEF Training courses could be the start of your new career.