Health and safety advisers are becoming more common as organisations increasingly adopt risk assessment strategies. Although traditionally associated with industrial, processing and manufacturing sites, health and safety officers may also be employed by hotel and restaurant chains, large companies with responsibility for many office workers, hospitals, companies involved in the transport network, local authorities and national government organisations, universities and colleges.
The most common areas of employment for health and safety advisers are:
Opportunities also exist for work as consultants specialising in supporting small organisations or giving specialist advice.
Further opportunities for qualified health and safety professionals are emerging out of tighter legislative controls and increased litigation by victims of accidents in the workplace. There will always be new challenges in occupational safety and health.
If you are seeking work as a health and safety professional, you should also use the websites, journals and publications of the industry you are interested in, e.g. for the health sector, see NHS Careers .
Larger organisations and multinational companies may advertise directly on their own websites and some recruitment agencies also handle vacancies.
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