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Health and safety officers

Description

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.

Tasks

  • 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.

Entry Requirements

Entrants 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.

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