How to get started in health and safety
Southalls graduate safety consultants Beth Bishop and Paul Parker share their experiences since graduating, and give advice for those looking to get into the industry.
There is no doubt that Health and Safety is a high growth industry, especially following the implementation of the new sentencing guidelines introduced in Feb 2016. It has become a vital part of business management processes and as a result, the number of opportunities within the industry are expanding.
As a graduate you could work in any number of sectors, from manufacturing to oil and gas, working within an individual business, or work as a consultant working with businesses in many different industries. Working as a consultant is very diverse and ideal for those who want variety in their work.
So, what are the key skills?
It helps to be great with people, good at building rapport and being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Problem solving is important too – for example, where some safety inspectors may expect resurfacing a whole yard to remove potholes, suggest resurfacing just parts of it.
String people skills are fundamental in a consultancy role, since it’s all about building trust with your client.
For those wanting to get into Health and Safety, it’s worth exploring what opportunities are out there, including graduate scheme and apprenticeships. Consider what transferable skills you have from previous jobs and experiences, and how this could improve your chances of getting into the industry.[Adapted from an article by SHP. You can read the full article from SHP here: https://www.shponline.co.uk/video-get-started-health-safety-professional/ ]