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Health and Safety Inspector/ Officer

Health and Safety Inspector

Health and safety inspectors investigate incidents, accidents and complaints at workplaces. They also advise workers and employers on safe and healthy work practices and ensure compliance with legislation. Health and safety inspectors investigate incidents, accidents and complaints at workplaces. They also advise workers and employers on safe and healthy work practices and ensure compliance with legislation. advise employers and employees about safe and healthy work practices, and health and safety management systems. They inspect machinery, equipment and workplaces. Their job is to ensure suitable protective equipment, such as hearing protection, is provided and is being used correctly. They also ensure workplaces comply with health and safety legislation. They may work for one company or be on call as a contractor.

Some large corporations have their own health and safety inspectors to ensure that health and safety standards are met properly and to offer advice to their workers. They usually work indoors but may also visit many different types of sites and make reports on their findings. They are highly skilled at recognising hazards and are health and safety conscious. They know the laws and regulations surrounding health and safety and are able to give clear instructions to others. Their role is very important, as many people’s health and safety relies on them getting it right. They need to be ethical and able to offer the best advice.

 

Health and Safety Officer

Health and safety officers monitor workplace health and safety risks and hazards, and also advise workers and managers on how to minimise or eliminate these risks and hazards. And, while it might seem a bit over the top for the laidback Kiwi in us, we really do live in a dangerous world. Even an office can have a hundred different health and safety issues that everyday person wouldn’t even consider – until they got sick from the air conditioning, or twisted their ankle after tripping over a stray wire.

We spend a lot of our lives at work, whether indoors or outside, and where-ever humans are, unpredictable things can happen. Think of the basic health and safety risks for a general office worker – they sit at their desk most of the day, they stare at a computer screen, they are busy so don’t stop for many breaks or refreshments. That situation alone has many health and safety issues, which may not have immediate repercussions, but will potentially lead to problems in the future.

On a construction site, the health and safety hazards could literally go up in number to hundreds. And that’s where the healthy and safety officer steps in – to ensure that every worker or individual on site has every precaution taken to keep them out of harm’s way. From protective gear, to the best possible work practices and processes for dealing with issues when they arise, you need to have a sharp eye for detail and concern for others at the top of your list.

Where-ever people are, a healthy and safety officer can be, to help reduce risks and problems arising from the use of equipment, material, machinery and external factors that can’t be completely controlled, but contained.