Becoming a Health and Safety Officer
For many people, health and safety is a topic that they learn about through health and safety training but never really take any further than the basics. Even amongst people who are trained a little further than just the very basics, such as those who acquire the NEBOSH General Certificate - which covers in an introductory but still detailed manner so many of the most common hazards to health - the appetite is not really there en masse for people to go to that next level.
If you do find the importance of health and safety interesting and fulfilling, you should really consider becoming a health and safety officer. It's a very enjoyable career path and is something that you can get into if you show the right application, talent and determination to acquire the necessary qualifications.
1) You'll get a very fair salary. Highly qualified health and safety officers are well-paid due to the amount of time and dedication required to gain the necessary qualifications. This time and dedication also means that relatively few people actually become suitably qualified to become a health and safety officer, and this demand and supply is the main factor in such high salaries being commanded.
2) Helping others with regards to increasing health and safety within a business allows you to make a difference. This makes the job of a health and safety officer highly fulfilling, as the changes that you forced on a business might just save a life later on down the line.
3) The need for health and safety in workplace will always be there, and with new legislation being introduced and amended all of the time there is definitely no sign of this ever not being the case, as nobody wants to go back to the dark days of health and safety history such as the Industrial Revolution where injuries, illnesses and death in the workplace were common and just accepted as an occupational hazard.
1) This isn't a walk in the park by any means - you need to be ready to put in the hard work and commit to gaining those required qualifications.
2) It can take a long time to obtain the qualifications to become a health and safety officer. Add to this that many companies paying high salaries will want someone with a lot of experience in the role and it can take many years to reach the position of a highly-paid officer.
3) The poor conditions you need to audit can be extremely dangerous and you need to be alert about where you are walking into.
4) The stress of the work can be quite daunting when you are dealing with cases that involve horrific injuries and deaths; you need a tough spirit to do this for a living.
How To Get Involved
Typically, you need to have a NEBOSH National Diploma behind you just to get involved as a high-ranking health and safety officer. Make sure that you plan everything out, as it's a hugely rewarding - if challenging - career path and can be a great way to help you stay in a consistent and enjoyable career for years to come.