A safety supervisor job could be a great career move for you. We check out why

These days safety is big business. Not only are all companies and businesses obliged to ensure that their staff are as safe as possible in the workplace, but it is also essential according to government legislation to make sure that safe practices are observed in all industries. This means that those of you looking to work in a safety supervisor position have plenty of choice available.

While it certainly doesn't sound like the most exciting job in the world, a career as a safety supervisor can prove to be both rewarding and challenging. In order to get your foot in the door of an entry level position, it is recommended that you have a HND or degree in any subject, although those of you who have studied engineering may have a slight advantage over those who have not.

When working as a safety supervisor, it will be up to you to ensure that all health and safety legislation is followed down to the tee. With so many potential sanctions threatening companies who fail to observe these rules and regulations, any mistakes on your behalf could prove to be tremendously financially damaging to your employer.

With the laws changing all the time, it is very important that you have a strong ability for continuous learning. Having an interest in your field is also a bonus, as are strong verbal and written communication skills.

It will be up to you to observe day to day working practices, create altered procedures in line with legislation, work with management to address any potential problems, liaise with local council figures and organise ongoing training for staff.

As a safety supervisor, you can expect to start off on wages of between £23,000 and £25,000 per year. Within ten years you should be earning around £32,000 and more experienced professionals can potentially earn as much as £43,000 per year.

Since the majority of safety supervisor positions tend to come within the manufacturing industries, we recommend you take a look at some of the local factories and plants in your area in order to help you identify potential positions. It always helps to get out there and meet people, so arranging meetings with management at these facilities can help you to find work. You can also take the approach of checking out the major job websites like totaljobs.com, reed.co.uk and fish4.co.uk.

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