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Health and safety officers

£19,240 Average salary at age 20
£39,000 Average Salary
37 Average hours per week


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.

Main 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.


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 Health and safety officers studied in higher education

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What Health and safety officers studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L7) Human & social geography2
(B2) Pharmacology, toxicology & pharmacy1
(G1) Mathematics1
(L3) Sociology1
(B3) Complementary medicines, therapies & well-being1
(C1) Biology2
(H3) Mechanical engineering4
(F1) Chemistry5
(C8) Psychology3
(Y0) Combined1
(W1) Fine art1
(H4) Aerospace engineering2
(F7) Science of aquatic & terrestrial environments5
(D3) Animal science1
(F6) Geology1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences4
(D4) Agriculture1
(M0) Broadly-based programmes within law1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry3
(H8) Chemical, process & energy engineering1
(K2) Building5
(K1) Architecture1
(F9) Others in physical sciences1
(H1) General engineering3
(H2) Civil engineering3
(B7) Nursing2
(N5) Marketing1
(M1) Law by area2
(M2) Law by topic2
(J9) Others in technology1
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport3
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine10
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(H7) Production & manufacturing engineering1
(N6) Human resource management1
(F3) Physics6
(L1) Economics1
(N1) Business studies3
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(L5) Social work1
(R7) Russian & East European studies1
(D6) Food & beverage studies1
(X1) Training teachers1
(K4) Planning (urban, rural & regional)1
(C6) Sport & exercise science3
(P3) Media studies1
(N2) Management studies2
(V1) History by period1
(N3) Finance2
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

59400 Workforce Size
5.05% Predicted growth 2022 - 2027
9648 Predicted Replacement 2022 - 2027

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