How to kickstart your career in health and safety
Careers in health and safety can be varied and rewarding, and they give you the satisfaction that comes from knowing you’re doing your bit to mitigate risk in the workplace. However, if you’re to land roles in this field, you’ll need to ensure you have the relevant knowledge, skills and experience. So, to kickstart your career in health and safety, take a look at the following guide.
Complete introductory courses
Firstly, you’ll need to take the relevant introductory courses. You could complete these programmes before looking for a job or while you’re working. The exact qualifications you’ll need will depend on the roles you’re planning to look for and there are many different options to choose from. For example, Sheilds health & safety training courses include a selection of National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) certificates that can be ideal for those looking to begin their careers as health and safety practitioners. If you’re not sure which training programmes would best suit your requirements, you can get the information you need online or by speaking to specialist training providers.
Introductory courses are likely to include topics such as safety in the workplace, risk assessments, regulations and basic accident investigations.
Move on to more advanced qualifications
Once you’re reached this stage and as your level of responsibility at work grows, you can move up to more advanced qualifications. Popular options include the NEBOSH National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, the Level 5 (NVQ) Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice and full or part-time degrees or postgraduate courses in health and safety.
Join a professional body
To enhance your long-term prospects further, it’s useful to join professional bodies like the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management or the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. This looks good on your CV, it provides important networking opportunities and it can help you to keep your skills up to date throughout your career.
Be keen, interested and ready to adapt
Of course, succeeding in your health and safety career is about more than having the relevant qualifications and contacts. If you’re to really thrive in this field, you’ll need to demonstrate to employers that you’re fully committed to your roles and that you’re ready to adapt and learn to ensure you’re able to fulfil your duties. These positions come with significant levels of responsibility and so you must be able to show that you’re more than up to the job.
Kickstarting your career in health and safety may not be easy, but as long as you follow advice like this, your hard work should be rewarded.