Health & Safety Officer job description

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Preventing accidents, observing and implementing safety regulations and ensuring fire safety is the job of a Health & Safety Officer. These professionals have to be continuously aware of the dangers in their environments and work on keeping everyone safe. Depending on the company or business the dangers or risks will be different.
In areas like the manufacturing industry workers are even more exposed to dangers and this requires stricter edicts and compliance measures. Working hours are dependent on the industry and company demand and they receive good salary packages and benefits.
A Health & Safety Officer usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Making presentations
• Providing health and safety training
•  Collecting data
• Identifying probable risks
• Inspecting sites
• Attending health and safety meetings
•  Being continually abreast of industry trends
• Carrying out fire drills

Skills

• Negotiating and networking
• Having up to date data of conventions
• Using good judgement
• Being in good physical shape
• Being tolerant and respectful
• Communicating and presenting effectively
• Being methodical and computer savvy
• Being attentive to detail and thorough
• Being proficient and self-assured

Education

There are many qualifications one can pursue to become a Health & Safety Officer. These qualifications include:
•    NVQ
•    NEBOSH
•    British Safety Council (BSC)
•    BSc
•    Masters
Health and Safety is a requirement and concern in every industry; therefore you will find these professionals having an array of backgrounds, mainly from these industries:
•    Construction
•    Manufacturing
•    Engineering
•    Scientific
Health & Safety Officers study Occupational Health and Safety Practice, Environmental Management, Fire Safety, Construction Safety and Risk Management.

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