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Health and safety advisers/officers develop, maintain and protect health and safety standards within public and private organisations in accordance with current health and safety legislation.
- provide advice, information and instruction on local OHS issues
- assist in the application of OHS procedures
- help manage risks and hazards in their area
- report and investigate incidents, injuries and hazards and implement agreed control measures
- liaise with the head of the unit or controlled entity, OHS Unit and other safety personnel
- review and analyse injury and incident reports and data
- develop injury and incident prevention strategies for their area
- monitor local area compliance with OHS policy and procedures
- audit local area OHS compliance with regard to risk, emergency and hazardous waste management
- help promote OHS awareness.
Degrees in health and safety or risk management are required for entry into the profession. Alternatively, degrees in engineering, construction, business and management, or law may be beneficial, although this should be followed by a qualification in occupational health and safety, such as a masters, BSC or national diploma. Relevant scientific or technical work experience (either paid or voluntary) can be beneficial.