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If you ask a health and safety professional why they do what they do, you’re likely to be met with a purpose-driven response. Health and safety is a highly desirable career path that offers individuals and organisations the opportunity to co-create safe and healthy workplaces within which employees can thrive. 

Over the years, health and safety has become increasingly embedded in the commercial DNA of a business. It is also changing rapidly and since Acre’s inception in 2003, the profession has continued to evolve drastically.  

This document provides advice as to how an individual might forge a career in health and safety. It is not a definitive guide and much of the advice is applicable to entering any profession; however, we hope that it supports you as you begin your journey into an important and satisfying career.

In this document, we explore the following topics:


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    What job roles are available in health and safety?

    Find examples of the variety of employment opportunities that relate to health and safety.

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    How do I maximise my chances of securing a job in health and safety?

    We have produced a strategy to keep you proactive in your job search. Our guide aims to maximise your chances of securing the position that you are interested in.

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    What qualifications do I need to start a career in health and safety?

    We have provided examples of universities, qualifications and routes into a career within health and safety.

The ideal background for someone looking to find a job in the H&S space is a mixture between academic qualifications, relevant experience and the right soft skills.

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    What skillset is required to work in health and safety?

    We believe that the five examples of non-technical skills or traits listed in our guide are essential for success in the health and safety profession.

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    What health and safety networking events can I attend?

    We have listed links to networking events and health and safety meet-ups across the UK, Europe and the USA where you can meet like-minded, passionate individuals.

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    How do I job hunt effectively?

    We have provided an example of a proactive strategy to help when applying for a job.

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    How do I make the most of informational interviews? 

    Find out our tips on how to get the most out of your informational interviews.

Download for more Information

If you would like to read and access the full document, please fill out the form below to download a copy of our 'Getting into Health and Safety' Pack.

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