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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £22,000 to £70,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 35 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

 You'll usually need a a degree, MSc or postgraduate diploma recognised by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

 You can also take an approved degree-level qualification through:

If you don't have a degree, you'll usually need some relevant work experience and a qualification in health and safety recognised by IOSH.

You could study for a health and safety qualification while you’re working. You could also take a course before looking for a trainee position.

IOSH has more information about courses and careers in health and safety.

The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register has a list of professional bodies and examining boards.

2. Skills required

You'll need:

  • excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • organisational skills
  • problem solving ability
  • 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.

4. Salary

Starter: £22,000 to £30,000

Experienced: £35,000 to £50,000 (manager)

Highly Experienced: £70,000 or more (senior manager)

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 a management role.

You could also become a consultant and specialise in a particular area, like environmental safety. With further study you could move into research or lecturing.

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Last updated: 13 September 2018