- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to use your initiative
- the ability to work well with others
- persistence and determination
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- knowledge of English language
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- maths knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- developing safety policies and procedures
- advising and training staff on health and safety practices
- making regular inspections
- doing risk assessments
- investigating and recording accidents in the workplace
- working with relevant inspectors and trade unions
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
You could work in an office, on a construction site or in an NHS or private hospital.
Your working environment may be outdoors some of the time.
With experience, you could move into a safety management role.
You could also become a consultant and specialise in a particular area like environmental. construction or food safety. With further study you could move into research, training or lecturing.
You can find more on careers in health and safety from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register.