Anyone working in H&S advice please

Discussion in 'The Afterlife - Resettlement and Jobs' started by BusterQuin, Jul 1, 2007.

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  1. I am interested in moving into the Health and Safety field and was after some advice from anyone currently working in that field
    I am an ex CPOMEA (EL) and have been working servicing trains for the last 5 years I have also taken on the role as depot representative of employee safety (RoES) as we are non unionised
    I have successfully passed the IOSH Managing Safely and NEBOSH Certificate (credit)
    I realise that the diploma is the 'real' H&S qualification to have but it seems to me you need to be in the H&S field prior to getting that course
    So what are the chances of a H&S job with my quaifications and more importantly what salary could I expect?
  2. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    Not working in H&S but I noticed this job come up the other day: I think the money you get is going to be dependent on your experience, field and the area you work. It does appear that some companies are willing to take on H&S managers on the NEBOSH Certificate though. There is currently a big push on construction in education and management primarily because the industry is suffering a skills shortage, the skills council are throwing money away and the trainees need acceptable supervision and a safe working environment.
  3. Cheers mate, construction seem to want to train their own guys from what I've seen and heard plus you would need site safety cards and experience on site otherwise you would soon lose your creditability.
    I'm hoping for an opening in my current company but the last people they put throught the diploma course legged it as soon as they got the paperwork in their hands, costing the company alot of money which has b*ll*xed it up for everyone
  4. Hi Busterquin

    I left last christmas (ex WOWEA) with NEBOSH Cert (credit) amongst the usual ex RN stuff. I am now working as a H&S Officer (not all companies want full time H&S so the job is actually a Facilities Officer doing facilities stuff) at a Siemens site in the south (approx 450 employees). We are a R&D site, primarily comms and computers but have extensive greenspace around us. I would avoid construction as it is a bit specialised.

    I posted my CV on and got a call from an agency etc.....

    Most of the day to day stuff is COSHH, DSE, RA management and most important common dog.

    Any queries just post.

    Stick with it and good luck.
  5. Cheers for the post TonyN, which Siemens site do you work at?
    I also work for Siemens (Transportation) at Northam Traincare depot in Southampton
  6. Well spotted, Roke Manor Research at Romsey. M27 a bit of a pain in the bum but otherwise, happy as a sand boy.
  7. I am also interested in a H&S career, I left the RN in 05 with a NEBOSH credit also, I used all of my resettlement time writing to company's phoning them up, searching the local job pages and web sites, I have even set up my job profiles and CV on H&S websites!! all have led to the same result!!! If you don't have experiance in the field you are applying for, or hold a Diploma you are up against it. Companies don't seem to grasp the fact that we as ex- servicemen ( without being condisending to civvy employer's ) can adapt to many work enviroments, and would bring alot to enhance H&S dept's don't you think?? Sorry it may not be what you aked for, but it's like asking the Jimmy for a make a mend during a FOST Thursday War!!!
  8. It is definately luck that got me in the role I am in now.
    I left the services and did Forklift training for awhile, I did my NEBOSH and one of my customers were looking for a H & S Officer, I did that for a bit, then found the current job I am doing.
    It was only part time, but I got my foot in the door, I am now full time looking after 6 sites.
    If you want so more help just PM me.
  9. There are lot's of ex RN in H&S. A lot of us got in by accident though, I too started off in Facilities Management with a small part of my job being safety. Realised there would be a vacany in the future when the H&S guy retired so managed to persuade them to pay for the Diploma, now Head of Health, Safety & Environment.

    Join IOSH and get SHP magazine every month, loads of job adverts and good contacts in there. For HE/FE jobs keep an eye on

    Good luck!

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