Is Now the Best Time to Change Career Path?

Careers By Matthew Coombes

Whether you have noticed it or not, health and safety has fast become at the forefront of society throughout the progression of the coronavirus pandemic, and any organisation that you enter should have conducted a thorough risk assessment to assess the risks that the coronavirus will pose for staff, customers, contractors and any persons entering the site of the organisation. The information required to conduct risk assessments is freely available from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), but we may see an increase in demand for individuals that are competent in health and safety to ensure that when risks arise they are dealt with quickly and by a trained professional.

Who’s responsibility is it to manage health and safety?:

The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) highlights that it is the duty of both employers and employees to manage the risks associated with health and safety. (See the General Duties section of the act).
This means that any health and safety training that you undertake, may be beneficial to your understanding of health and safety, and help you to fulfil your legal duty of responsibility to ensure your own safety and the safety of others while at work.

How can health and safety training help me?

There is a wide range of health and safety training available, and the emergence of fully online qualifications such as the IOSH Managing Safely®, and NEBOSH General Certificate have helped to make Health and Safety more accessible than ever. When it comes to choosing a qualification it can be an apples and oranges situation. What you need depends on your current employment situation, and where you want health and safety to take you.

No current position / Looking for new opportunities:

Health and Safety is a field that has been constantly developing and evolving, and as the coronavirus has shown, there’s always room for improvement, and you can always be doing more. Knowing what improvements are reasonable and practicable is half of the battle, and in Health and Safety you’re not expected to know everything, but you are expected to be able to find things out and apply your knowledge to the workplace. It’s a great sector for people that are good at planning, creating solutions, and critical thinking.

Health and Safety role:

If you’re already in a position whereby you actively manage and monitor health and safety, such as working as a health and safety officer, or health and safety is part of your managerial role, you may benefit greatly from diversifying your skill set. If you already hold a NEBOSH General Certificate or equivalent qualification that you have achieved within the last 5 years, you may be able to add on to that qualification with a NEBOSH Fire Certificate, or NEBOSH Construction Certificate. This can be a great way of changing your career path, without fully jumping out of your boat. Further to this there are other skills that you can develop such as how to effectively investigate incidents, investigating incidents and accidents can help to stop them from occurring in the future.

Manager:

If you’re a manager, team leader or supervisor, you may not need to change your career path to benefit from health and safety training. We have courses such as the IOSH Managing Safely® that have been designed to provide managers with the essential information, knowledge and skills that they need in order to improve the health and safety of their workplace. Taking a health and safety course can help you to develop your role, and may provide an opportunity to take on more or different responsibilities (which can mean more pay!). A large part of effective health and safety management is efficient planning and leadership, which can also help with your day to day role as a manager.

Whatever your role is health and safety training could be hugely beneficial to your career and could open many doors.
If you would like to know more about our health and safety training, or whether our courses are suitable for you, please feel free to contact our team for more information:
actsales@actassociates.co.uk


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