What qualifications do I need to be a health and safety officer?


Normally the Health and Safety is a best career option for the candidates who finish up their degree in any discipline.

You will need a degree or equivalent, also with some knowledge in health and safety.The NEBOSH International General Certificate by NEBOSH, which provides a wealth of information about health and safety issues.

NEBOSH iDip is one such degree- level qualification

There is a possibility of entering the course without any degree , it will provide you with the combination of health and safety qualification with example.

There exists a introduction course for the people to become a safety advisor.

NEBOSH IGC qualification is essential to get a job in Occupational Health and Safety.

It will be quite good if the candidates has some experience.

Here are some areas given in which if the candidates has some experience.

  • construction
  • engineering
  • manufacturing
  • risk assessment.


A health and safety officers are supposed to

  • Carry out risk assessments, and find out, how the risks can be reduced.
  • Plan a safe operational procedure in order to take account of every relevant hazard.
  • Do regular inspection in site, to check whether all the procedures are carried out properly.
  • Check the working practices are safe and they obey the legislations.
  • Create strategies for health and safety and the internal policy should be developed.
  • Lead the In-house training along with all employees and managers , regarding the health and safety issues and risk. 
  • Have records of every inspection, findings, and other procedure reports which include the improvement techniques.
  • Track incidents and accidents at workplace and statistics should be produced to managers.
  • Attend the seminars conducted by Professional HSE Bodies and read the professional journals.
  • Submit the management reports, newsletters, bulletins etc.
  • Ensure that every equipment are installed and maintained safely.
  • Handle safely, the hazardous substances like asbestos during the disposal.
  • Advise on important areas like fire regulations, hazardous substance, noise, safe guard machinery, occupational disease etc.


The following evidences should be shown  :

  • Good communication skill, to explain and communicate about health and safety with the people of different background and sometimes even presentations.
  • Since this profession needs a collaborative approach, patience and diplomacy is necessary.
  •   Capability of understanding and delivering the complex information into simple one.
  • Investigative mind
  • IT skills
  • Flexible work approach
  • Paying attention to detail.
  • Law and regulations should be understandable and should have interest to follow it.
  • Physically fit, since the work may be in large scale plants, outdoor site etc.

Career prospects

Some people may have interest in  a particular industry after some years of experience . Areas like oil and gas, off shore, nuclear safety, etc.

If you feel free and happy in working for any organization, and its place of location  , this provides a great progress in your career.

If you have much experience,  you may move to  management of regional and group level . this gives an opportunity of being responsible to a team of advisors. You may also become a consultant , who gives special advice and support to other small industry.

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    Batch        : APRIL 2018
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