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Health & Safety Officer

Job Zone

Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, electricians typically complete four years of training in order to perform the job.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognised apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations usually involve using communication and organisational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

€20k > 70 
Health and Safety Officer / Manager
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 70 
Related Information:
Manager: 35 - 70
Officer: 20 - 45
Data Source(s):
Brightwater / Morgan McKinley / CPL / Sigmar

Last Updated: May, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Responsible for assessing the risks associated with projects and identifying situations where the design may not conform to the required codes of practice.


The Work header image

Health & Safety officers are responsible for raising the profile of health and safety within organisations, and making sure that a safe and healthy working environment exists for all employees.

They may work closely with managers, staff at all levels, trade unions, safety groups and environmental health specialists, to ensure that workplace practices are safe and comply with legislation. Health & Safety officers may visit sites regularly to become familiar with the work being done and to assess the current safety standards. They may then carry out routine inspections, providing managers with regular reports on safety performance; safety advisers and managers can then work together to set priorities for making improvements.

Officers check that employees are following safety procedures, and enforce safety and health requirements. They identify health hazards such as poorly designed equipment, inadequate lighting, high levels of fumes, dust or noise, or toxic material that is not stored away safely. They also conduct accident investigations, for example, taking photographs and measurements, and interviewing witnesses. They keep records and statistics of the occurrence and cause of accidents, and write up reports, providing managers and staff with advice on how to avoid accidents in the future.

It is important that safety advisers keep up-to-date with new health and safety legislation and understand the implications this may have on company policy. They attend short training courses on all aspects of health and safety. Many safety advisers are responsible for running safety-training courses for managers and employees.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Test workplaces for environmental hazards, such as exposure to radiation, chemical or biological hazards, or excessive noise.

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Verify availability or monitor use of safety equipment, such as hearing protection or respirators.

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Supply, operate, or maintain personal protective equipment.

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Evaluate situations or make determinations when a worker has refused to work on the grounds that danger or potential harm exists.

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Maintain all required environmental records and documentation.

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Prepare or calibrate equipment used to collect or analyze samples.

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Plan emergency response drills.

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Recommend corrective measures to be applied based on results of environmental contaminant analyses.

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Prepare or review specifications or orders for the purchase of safety equipment, ensuring that proper features are present and that items conform to health and safety standards.

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Conduct worker studies to determine whether specific instances of disease or illness are job-related.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Health & Safety officers must be committed to protecting and improving safety in the workplace. You will need to combine technical/scientific knowledge with energy, attention to detail and a creative approach to problem solving.

You'll need organisational skills to plan your work (for example, routine site inspections) and timetables for making safety improvements. Strong decision making skills will help you to establish the priorities for these improvements.

You will also need strong communication skills to work with a wide variety of people, including managers, staff at all levels, trade union representatives and local authority environmental health specialists. Safety advisers should have good report writing skills and the ability to explain safety procedures and legislation clearly and concisely.

Good negotiation and persuasive abilities will help you to influence managers and staff to change working practices or invest in new equipment. Health & Safety officers must be able to cope well under pressure, reacting quickly to crises. You may find yourself in stressful situations when people are distressed or angry, so you'll need a calm, professional manner to defuse potential confrontations. Also, you must be able to apply the law firmly.


Further Informationheader image

A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..   Head of Safety - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..   Health and Safety Adviser - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..   Health and safety adviser - from:  GradIreland
Go..   Health and Safety Manager - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..   Quality/Health & Safety - from:  icould [UK] Video

Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Health and Safety Authority
  Address: The Metropolitan Building, James Joyce St. Dublin 1
  Tel: 1890 289 389
  Email: wsu@hsa.ie
  Url www.hsa.ie
   

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Organisation: Safety Solutions Ltd
  Address: Unit 47A, Rosemount Park Drive, Ballycoolin Road, Dublin 11
  Tel: (01) 835 4084
  Email:
  Url www.safetysolutions.ie
   

 

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