Ever thought what it would be like to work as an occupational health and safety officer in Ireland?

With Covid 19 pandemic nearly behind us, there are huge opportunities for graduates of health and safety courses in Ireland. With the growth in the pharmaceutical, construction, facilities management sectors, the demand for qualified health and safety officers and health and safety managers has soared.

The big issue in Ireland is that organisations in need of qualified health and safety persons with some experience, cant be found.

Many employers are contacting colleges directly and seeking qualified occupational health and safety graduates. They are looking for graduates with some experience and the traditional way of finding candidates via Job websites and Recruitment agencies is becoming increasingly difficult. In a job market, with almost 5% unemployment, the race to find the most suitable candidates is on. Pay is being offered at every increasing salary amounts to attract the right person, but many times what is most important for workers is where the employer is located and additonal perks such as flexitime, car allowance etc.

Typical duties of a Health and Safety officer and Health and Safety Managers include:

  • Support the Business on all aspects with regards to Health and Safety.
  • To establish, manage and monitor standards, processes, communications, training and systems to ensure all responsibilities associated with Health and Safety
  • Ensure a safe workplace environment without risk to health.
  • Ensure that all Health & Safety policies, procedures, rules and regulations are adhered to and are regularly reviewed, updated and communicated.
  • Ensure the Company meets its statutory obligations in all areas pertaining to health, safety and welfare at work, including statutory training and reporting.
  • Ensure the completion and regular review of risk assessments for all work equipment and operations.
  • Ensure that all accidents are documented, investigated and recommended improvements implemented.
  • Ensure that safety inspections are carried out, fire drills and fire alarms are correctly reported, safety inspections, risk assessments and lone working procedures are managed and employees are aware of their responsibilities.
  • Co-ordinate the development of health & safety policies, systems of work and procedures.
  • Ensure full and accurate health and safety and training records are maintained.
  • Establish a full programme of documented health & safety inspections, audits and checks.
  • Establish a structured programme of health & safety training throughout the Company.
  • Liaise with external health & safety colleges and consultants in the provision of training programmes and health and safety services.

If you are interested in upskilling and entering this immensely rewarding profession, the best place to start is considering doing a Certificate in Occupational and Health and Safety or a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

CMI College, specialise in training health and safety officers and future Health and Safety managers. Read more here..