If you log on to any of the popular career websites you will notice an increase in positions associated with Health And Safety. A simple google search this morning resulted in several small, medium and large companies looking for Health And Safety officers and managers. There was a plethora of positions available and it is clear that this industry has a great demand for qualified health and safety professionals.
To carve a career in the health and safety industry in Ireland one must have a recognised qualification in the industry. The CMI Diploma in Occupational Health And Safety is awarded by the British Safety Council and is recognized worldwide. This course meets the requirements for a career as a Health And Safety Officer or Manager.
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 every employer is required to carry out a risk assessment for the workplace which should identify any hazards present in the workplace, assess the risks arising from such hazards and identify the steps to be taken to deal with any risks.
The employer must also prepare a safety statement which is based on the risk assessment. The statement should also contain the details of people in the workforce who are responsible for safety issues. Employees should be given access to this statement and employers should review it on a regular basis. This is just one basic element of Irish Health And Safety Legislation with respects to the protection of employees.
Health And Safety Careers have now become more diverse than ever. Larger companies will have a dedicated Health And Safety Team who are responsible for everything from carrying our risk assessments right down to ensuring chemicals are handled and disposed of in best practice. They also make decisions and implement processes regarding appropriate protective work gear and the health and well-being of each employee.
There has never been a better time to take steps to being qualified in the area of health and safety management in Ireland.