Health and safety adviser Health and safety officer, health and safety inspector

Health and safety advisers work to reduce accidents, injury and health problems in the workplace.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to £50,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements.

You can study towards health and safety qualifications while you're working, or you could complete a qualification before applying for a trainee position.

You could also take a post-graduate course through a professional body like the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) or the Institution of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH).

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • organisational skills
  • excellent IT skills

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • developing safety policies and procedures
  • advising and training staff on health and safety practices
  • making regular inspections
  • doing risk assessments
  • investigating and recording accidents in the workplace
  • working with relevant inspectors and trade unions

You could work in many different industries including:

  • construction and engineering
  • mining, quarrying, oil and gas exploration
  • manufacturing and services
  • chemical processing

You could also work in public services like hospitals, education and local government.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has more information about this career.

4. Salary

Starter: £22,000 to £30,000

Experienced: £35,000 to £50,000

Highly Experienced: £50,000 or more

Health and safety advisers work in all industries.

Careers in oil, gas, power, construction and IT will usually offer higher salaries.

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You'll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. In some industries, your hours may be irregular and you could work shifts or be expected to be on-call for emergencies.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into management roles or become a consultant and specialise in a particular field, for example environmental safety.

Last updated: 11 October 2016