Health and Safety Careers Information

Information about working in the Health and Safety industry

What is a HSE Job?

HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment) jobs focus on ensuring workplace safety, health standards, and environmental compliance. Here are some common HSE job roles and descriptions:

  1. HSE Officer/Advisor:

    • Responsibilities: Conduct risk assessments, ensure compliance with health and safety regulations, provide training, and conduct inspections.
    • Qualifications: Degree in occupational health and safety or related field, certifications like NEBOSH, IOSH.
  2. HSE Manager:

    • Responsibilities: Develop and implement HSE policies, oversee safety programs, lead incident investigations, manage safety audits, and ensure regulatory compliance.
    • Qualifications: Extensive experience in HSE roles, advanced certifications (e.g., NEBOSH Diploma), strong leadership skills.
  3. Environmental Health and Safety Specialist:

    • Responsibilities: Monitor environmental impacts, manage waste disposal, ensure compliance with environmental laws, conduct training on environmental practices.
    • Qualifications: Degree in environmental science or related field, certifications in environmental management (e.g., ISO 14001).
  4. Safety Engineer:

    • Responsibilities: Design safety systems, analyse safety data, ensure machinery and processes comply with safety standards, conduct hazard analyses.
    • Qualifications: Degree in engineering (preferably with a focus on safety), professional engineering license, knowledge of safety engineering principles.
  5. Industrial Hygienist:

    • Responsibilities: Assess workplace health hazards, implement control measures, monitor air quality, conduct noise surveys, ensure ergonomic safety.
    • Qualifications: Degree in industrial hygiene, public health, or a related field, certification as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH).
  6. Construction Safety Officer:

    •  Responsibilities: Oversee safety on construction sites, ensure compliance with OSHA regulations, conduct safety briefings and toolbox talks, investigate incidents.
    • Qualifications: Experience in construction safety, OSHA certifications, knowledge of construction site operations.

Key Skills for HSE Jobs

  • Attention to Detail: Critical for identifying potential hazards and ensuring compliance.
  • Analytical Skills: Essential for risk assessments and incident investigations.
  • Communication Skills: Important for training, reporting, and advising management.
  • Problem-Solving Abilities: Needed to develop solutions to safety and environmental issues.
  • Technical Knowledge: Understanding of safety regulations, environmental laws, and best practices in health and safety.

Certifications and Training

  • NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health)IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health)
  • OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) certifications
  • ISO 14001 (Environmental Management)
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)

How much do HSE Officers and Health and Safety Advisors earn?

Salaries for HSE officers and Safety advisors are usually in the region of £24,000 to £35,000. Very Experienced HSE officers and Safety advisors earn between £35,000  to £50,000. Management and Senior Positions range between £60,000 to £80,000 and HSE Directors can earn £80,000 plus.


HSE jobs are critical in maintaining safe and compliant workplaces across various industries. Pursuing relevant education, certifications, and gaining experience are key steps to advancing in this field.

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Happy Job hunting from the HSE Jobs team.