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Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professionals assist in the development, implementation, monitoring and review of policies and procedures.

Average salaries are in the region of £20,000.00 to £55,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Health & Safety Professionals work with and influence management in order to meet legal and moral obligations to keep construction workers healthy and safe, work to improve standards, reduce risk and promote a positive work culture. 

What they do

Health, Safety and Environment professionals use their knowledge, skills and experience to promote a positive health and safety culture in the workplace.  They help to plan, implement, monitor and review protective and preventative safety measures in line with company policy and legal requirements.

They are responsible for ensuring that employers and workers comply with health and safety and environmental legislation and that safety policies and practices are adopted and adhered to.

They work in partnership with employers, employees, clients, trade unions and other agencies to reduce:

  • operational losses from things like fire
  • work related ill-health
  • accidents and injuries
  • environmental incidents

They will have a good knowledge of current health and safety practices and procedures, such as risk assessment, accident investigation, fire procedures, controlling hazardous substances/materials safely, occupational diseases, controlling noise and safeguarding machinery.

They will be good at communicating effectively with a wide range and level of individuals from senior construction management, employees, and external agencies and individuals.

Overall, their role is to understand both company and legal compliance and relay that to employees and other parties, such as clients, local authority and the community it affects, to help reduce accidents and losses. 

Typical duties include: 

  • Supporting managers and employees to implement the health and safety systems, including delivery of objectives and plans
  • Undertaking incident/accident investigation and report writing
  • Outlining safe operational procedures which identify and take account of all relevant hazards
  • Undertaking risk assessments and site inspections to consider how risks can be reduced
  • Keeping records of inspection findings and producing reports that suggest improvements
  • Delivering site safety inductions to new personnel
  • Ensuring that equipment is installed correctly/safely
  • Writing internal health and safety policies/strategies
  • Compiling statistics
  • Assisting procurement team with tender document preparation in relation to environmental, health and safety questions
  • Making presentations to groups of employees/managers
  • Instigating health and safety meetings and training courses for managers and employees
  • Liaising with relevant authorities, i.e. Health and Safety Executive
  • Reviewing and interpreting environmental reports
  • Ensuring compliance with environmental statutory obligations
  • Keeping up to date and ensuring compliance with current health and safety legislation
  • Making changes to working practices that are safe and comply with legislation
  • Producing management reports, newsletters and bulletins
  • Managing and organising the safe disposal of hazardous substances, e.g. asbestos
  • Advising on a range of specialist areas, e.g. fire regulations, hazardous substances, noise, safeguarding machinery and occupational diseases

Hours & Salary:

  • Newly trained health, safety and environment advisors can earn in the region of £20,000 - £24,000
  • Trained with experience health, safety and environment advisors can earn in the region of £24,000 - £34,000 
  • Senior, chartered or master  health, safety and environment advisors can earn in the region of £34,000 - £41,000   

Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salary and career options can improve with chartered status.

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Case Study

Charlotte - Health & Safety Manager|1:19

Richard Walker

Richard Walker is Health and Safety Director for Sharpline Decorators Ltd. 

 How did you get into construction?

I left school at 16 and went on to do a three year apprenticeship with CITB at West Notts College and acheives a NVQ Level 3 in Painting & Decorating. In the 19 years I've been with Sharpline, I've also acheived a NVQ Level 3 in Site Supervision, SMSTS course, IPAF and PASMA certificates. I've also been on various workshops to learn about best practice in running a company. 

Tell us a bit more about what you do. 

On a day to day basis, my brother-in-law and I will estimate and price jobs, and plan where all our employees will be working on a weekly and daily basis. I also attend all the projects we are working on and make sure everyone is working safely and that all the work is to a high standard. Another part of my role si to write all our Method and Risk assessments for the projects we are working on, and to make sure that all our certificated are up to date.

What do you like about your job?

I love seeing a project being completed, and being able to travel to different parts of the country, and a highlight of my day is being able to hand over a complete project to a client.

Where do you want your career to take you?

I would like to continue growing the company so it becomes one of the best and most recognised decorating companies in the country.

Any advice for someone thinking about a career in construction?

Construction is one of the best jobs around, as every day can be different and you're able to visit a vast number of places with work. You get to meet lots of different people and there is no greater feeling than when you get to see a completed project you've been working on handed over to the client.

My main piece of advice would be that is you work hard enough, anything can happen as there are all sorts of opportunities available in construction.  

Qualifications & Training

Many people can enter this role after gaining experience in the industry in a different craft/technical or professional capacity. They may have also gained health and safety training to assist in this role, such as IOSH's Working Safely, Managing Safely qualification or through CITB Site Safety Plus training courses. 

Entrants may have studied a degree in health and safety or risk management for entry into the profession. Alternatively, construction degrees in engineering, business and management, or law may also be beneficial.

In addition, there is usually a minimum requirement of NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health or NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Safety & Health or equivalent.

If not already gained, training may also include IEMA approved courses (training aligned to the environmental profession), such as IEMA Approved Associate Certificate course in Environmental Management - a professional qualification for those dedicated to improving sustainability and environmental management within their organisation.

For further information about construction jobs and responsibilities, you can visit the following websites for more information: 

Institution of Occupational Safety & Health

Safety & Health Practitioner Recruitment Site

British Safety Council

National Examination Board for Occupational Safety & Health

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment


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Career trends and forecasts

16,240 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 16,240 other Construction Professionals and Technical staff (which includes Health, Safety & Environment Advisors), between 2017 - 2021.  The majority of this demand will be Scotland followed by a fairly even spread across North East, East England, Wales, Northern Ireland and West Midlands.

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