As a Health & Safety Advisor you have overall responsibility for promoting and ensuring the safety of people in the workplace. This involves creating, implementing, and updating health and safety policies and practices, ensuring your organisation and workers comply with safety legislation, investigating safety incidents, conducting risk assessments, providing employee training, and promoting a positive health and safety culture.
You will plan, implement, monitor, and review protective and safety measures and ensure the workforce have the knowledge, skills, and qualifications to follow health and safety procedures. You will confidently deal with people at all levels within the organisation and have the people management skills to provide constructive feedback, guidance and advice on health and safety compliance.
Main duties and responsibilities
Health and safety advisors ensure that the organisation is managing health and safety practices and procedures that comply with safety legislation. You will have expert knowledge about current legislation the know-how to ensure that health and safety standards and systems are upheld and maintained. Your main responsibilities include:
Skills and experience
As a Health and Safety Advisor you will have a natural air of authority. You will have excellent communication skills and the ability to ensure people fully understand their role and responsibilities in relation to health and safety. In addition, you will:
To become a health and Safety Advisor you will need a Health and Safety related degree, or a qualification approved by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Some Health & Safety Advisors enter the profession by undertaking a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Safety, Health, and Environment (SHE).
Since 2005, the number of incidents has dropped by 82% and the industry performs consistently better than the ‘food and drinks manufacturing’ rate. Together with its members, the SWA strives to improve its performance.
The Association coordinates the development of high-quality and industry-specific guidance for distillers. It has also recently refreshed its library of H&S interactive training awareness modules. There are 7 modules, each of which focuses on a specific H&S topic and outlines their importance within the Scotch Whisky workplace.
There are several accredited qualifications in Health & Safety available, many with no minimum academic entry requirements, including:
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the Chartered body for occupational safety and health professionals, has a list of accredited qualifications delivered by universities and awarding bodies.Search for postgraduate courses in health and safety management.