Health and Safety Officers

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.


New workers
£ 17,858
£ 33,731
£ 48,554

Available jobs

In the past year there were 50,483 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Gives talks and distributes information on accident prevention, and keeps up to date with the relevant legislation.

  • Counsels individuals on any personal or domestic problems affecting their work.

  • Maintains contact with those off work due to illness.

  • Compiles statistics on accidents and injuries, analyses their causes and makes recommendations to management accordingly.

  • Instructs workers in the proper use of protective clothing and safety devices and conducts routine tests on that equipment.

  • Helps to develop effective health and safety policies and procedures and carries out risk assessments.

  • Inspects workplace areas to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Risk Analysis

  • Auditing

  • Environment Health And Safety

  • Occupational Safety And Health

  • Project Management

  • Risk Management

  • Safety Culture

  • Safety Training

  • Control Of Substances Hazardous To Health (COSHH)

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Management

  • Communications

  • Investigation

  • Operations

  • Leadership

  • Planning

  • Influencing Skills

  • Detail Oriented

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Problem Solving

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.