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Health & Safety Officers

Health and safety officers counsel employees to ensure and promote health and safety in the workplace and co-ordinate accident prevention and health and safety measures within an establishment or organisation.

Tasks

  • Inspects workplace areas to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation
  • Helps to develop effective health and safety policies and procedures and carries out risk assessments
  • Instructs workers in the proper use of protective clothing and safety devices and conducts routine tests on that equipment
  • Compiles statistics on accidents and injuries, analyses their causes and makes recommendations to management accordingly
  • Maintains contact with those off work due to illness
  • Counsels individuals on any personal or domestic problems affecting their work
  • Gives talks and distributes information on accident prevention, and keeps up to date with the relevant legislation.

Entry Requirements

Entrants usually possess an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 in Occupational Health and Safety Practice. Higher level accredited qualifications (at Levels 4 to 6) are achievable via the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.


What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £26,000 per annum and can progress up to £43,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 4,934 employed Health & Safety Officers in the region.

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Coronavirus update

Lewisham College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains updated travel advice for those planning a trip to Wuhan or other destinations in China. This is available at:

www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china

Note

This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public#situation-in-the-uk

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/