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Health And Safety Inspector: Duties & Qualifications

Who Is A Health And Safety Inspector

The health and safety inspector helps protect people by making sure that risks in the workplace are properly managed by inspecting the work premises, ensure employers comply with all aspects of health and safety laws, advising employers, investigate and report incident, together with other responsibilities.

Responsibilities Of A Health And Safety Inspector

A Health and safety inspector are mostly saddled with some specific duties. Though work activities may vary depending on the geographical location and specialism but duties generally includes:

  • Inspect processes and procedures and ensure good health and safety practice.
  • Investigating accidents to determining breaches of health and safety law.
  • Develop methods to predict possible hazards drawn from experience, historical data and other appropriate information sources.
  • Ensure that the organization is keeping up to date with new legislation and health and safety standards.
  • Providing specialist advice and information on health and safety to organisations and gives recommendations where necessary.
  • Carrying out examinations of machinery, working environments and structures, taking measurements of noise, heat, and vibrations, and taking photographs and samples where necessary.
  • Ensure that workers are provided with suitable protective equipment, such as eye goggles, ear protectors or appropriate types of gloves and clothing.
  • Investigates hazardous work procedures
  • Produce reports on results of inspections and investigations and completing detailed paperwork.
  • Help develop health and safety working programmes and strategies.
  • Providing training and educational support to employers and new or trainee employees.


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Qualifications For A Health And Safety Inspector

To be a Health and Safety Inspector, there are some necessary qualifications and experience that should be acquired.

  • Basic educational qualification: Some preferred areas are – Engineering, Health, Physical and applied science, etc.
  • Relevant professional certification: Some area that should be considered are – NEBOSH, OSHA, IOSH, IRCA courses.
  • Relevant field experience


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