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SHEQ (Safety, health, environment and quality) advisor

SHEQ advisors provide advice and guidance on all health and safety, environment and quality matters across an organisation.


Average salaries are in the region of £28,000.00 to £35,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

SHEQ Advisors provide advice and guidance on all health, safety, environment and quality matters across an organisation.

What they do

They support and advise the business on quality legislation, best practice and recommended procedures. By implementing these across an organisation an SHEQ advisor helps to continually improve standards and performance.

You would work across all levels of the workforce to ensure legal obligations are met to reduce risk and promote a safe working culture. Often SHEQ Advisors will liaise between the employers, employees, clients, and even trade unions to keep everybody informed of changes to procedures, meaning excellent communication skills are essential.

Typical tasks include:

  • Investigating accidents and writing reports
  • Identifying potential hazards
  • Completing risk assessments and site inspections
  • Suggesting improvements
  • Ensuring staff understand safety processes
  • Checking equipment is safe
  • Reviewing health and safety policies
  • Compiling statistics
  • Producing presentations in findings
  • Monitoring environmental impacts

Hours & Salary:

Typically, SHEQ Advisors work around 40 hours a week, usually between 9am and 6pm. However, in exceptional circumstances overnight or weekend work could apply.

  • Newly trained SHEQ advisors can earn in the region of £22,000£28,000
  • Trained with experience SHEQ advisors can earn in the region of £28,000£35,000
  • Senior or chartered SHEQ advisors can earn in the region of £35,000£50,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status.


 

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Case Study

Coaching and supporting project teams to manage health, safety and environmental risks. I analyse SHE information to identify trends and implement strategies to improve performance.

What do you like about your job?

No day is the same! I get to engage with lots of different people and have varied conversations about SHE. I really like making a difference and getting people to think about their health and safety.

What’s your working day like?

I visit sites on most days. I carry out site tours to provide advice and support. I host feedback meetings and produce reports of my findings.

What skills do you need in your job?

I need to be capable of delivering practical application of legislation and industry standards. I have achieved these skills through training (NEBOSH Diploma) and experience within the industry. I am analytical and decisive with excellent communication skills. IT and report writing skills are a must.

What was your background before starting this role?

I finished university with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering. My first job as a graduate was as a Quality Co-ordinator in the Automotive Powder Coating Industry. I then moved to the Materials Handling Industry as a Project Planner but still retaining part of my quality management skills.

What are you most proud of in your career?

I was given the opportunity to become a Safety & Quality Advisor for the build of the baggage handling system at Heathrow Terminal 5. Our team achieved one million worked hours without a RIDDOR reportable incident. This was a fantastic achievement in a high-risk industry.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

There are options to progress to a SHE managerial role or even move to become a SHE advisor for a larger international contractor.

A bit of advice for anyone thinking about a career in construction?

Construction is never boring – every day is different. There are plenty of different roles to suit all abilities and educational backgrounds. There is a great sense of pride when a project is complete and you can see the finished construction and say to yourself ‘I did that’.

Qualifications & Training

An Honours Degree in England; the equivalent L6 NVQ / HNC in Wales, or the Scottish equivalent, can be desirable, particularly in engineering, construction, law or health and safety. Some positions may require chartered status with a relevant body.

However, industry experience is often very important too, so entrants with other qualifications might be considered, for example: IOSH Working Safely, IOSH Managing Safely, or CITB Site Safety Plus training courses.

Often there is a minimum requirement of NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety or NEBOSH National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety or equivalent.

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Looking for a vacancy?

Here are some construction vacancy websites you may find useful: 

Indeed

Reed

The number of job vacancies related to your preferred job role may vary daily, as these are external websites. Check regularly to see new opportunities as they are posted.

Career trends and forecasts

1,730 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 1,730 Construction Professionals and Technical staff (which includes SHEQ Advisors), every year for the period 2016 - 2020.  The majority of this demand will be in Scotland followed by a fairly even spread across North East, East England, Wales, Northern Ireland and West Midlands.

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