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Health & Safety Advisor

Health and safety advisers monitor workplace health and safety hazards, train employees on health and safety procedures, and investigate accidents.

What do Health & Safety Advisors do at work?

  • Develop policies and procedures to minimise workplace hazards.
  • Identify hazards and risks that may affect the health of workers.
  • Educate and train staff in managing workplace risks.
  • Encourage staff to participate in health and safety procedures.
  • Inspect workplaces to check health and safety procedures are followed.
  • Record and investigate incidents and injuries, and equipment damage.
  • Help injured staff return to work.
  • Prepare reports on safety performance.

Skills and knowledge

  • Health and safety advisers need to have knowledge of:
  • Health and safety legislation
  • Work-related illnesses and injuries, and rehabilitation strategies
  • WorkSafe policies, guidelines, and procedures
  • Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) procedures, and how an organisation becomes ACC-accredited.
  • International health and safety standards and tools


There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a health and safety adviser. However, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and English are useful.

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