The role of the health and safety advisor is to provide guidance to the company or offshore platform to help prevent accidents, injuries and health issues in the workplace. Your role will be to develop safety policies and procedures as well as carrying out audits and inspections. You will also implement improvements across the installation that might come off the back of risk assessments or to improve the environmental impact of the installation. If an accident does happen, then it will be your role to investigate and report on the cause of the accident and any corrective actions that must be taken.
Your role will be critical in this intensively safety conscious industry. You will provide essential knowledge and improvement recommendations both onshore and offshore.
Salary and Progression
A health and safety advisor can be well paid. You will start on a salary of £25,000-£30,000. As a senior advisor or health & safety manager you will earn over £35,000 and substantially higher depending on your experience and qualifications. In this role, the sky is really the limit.
Training and Experience Requirements
You will be expected to have relevant onshore experience as well as a range of recognised certificates to support your role. In this type of position, the training requirements will vary and as such it’s important to look at different job roles that you would target. Training could include:
- NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health)
- IOSH Working or Managing Safely
- LOLER Awareness
- A degree or relevant HND
In addition, to work offshore, you will require valid basic offshore certificates including:
- Shoulder Measurements
- Offshore Medical
It is likely that an employer will ask for other certificates too. It’s always a good idea to look at a range of job posts to identify commonly requested training requirements.