As a Health and safety officer you will be required to use knowledge and skills to promote a positive health and safety culture in the workplace.
You will be responsible for ensuring that employers and workers comply with safety legislation, that safety policies and practices are adopted and adhered to.
Typical responsibilities of the job include:
Carrying out risk assessments and considering how risks could be reduced
Outlining safe operational procedures which identify and take account of all relevant hazards
Carrying out regular site inspections to check policies and procedures are being properly implemented and to identify potential hazards and ways of reducing risks.
Leading in-house training with managers and employees about health and safety issues and risks.
Investigating/recording incidents, accidents, complaints and cases of ill health and producing statistics for managers.
Keeping records of inspection findings and producing reports that suggest improvements.
Ensuring that equipment is installed correctly/safely.
Making changes to working practices that are safe and comply with legislation.
Preparing health and safety strategies and developing internal policies.
Being up to date with new legislation and maintaining a working knowledge of all Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation and any developments that affect the employer's industry, liaising with relevant authorities.
Attending Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) seminars and reading professional journals.
Drawing-up safe operational practices and making necessary changes.
Producing management reports, newsletters and bulletins.
Managing and organising the safe disposal of hazardous substances, e.g. asbestos.
Advising on a range of specialist areas, e.g. fire regulations, hazardous substances, noise, safeguarding machinery and occupational diseases.