10 Reasons why most HSE professionals fail


10 reasons why most HSE professionals fail is borne out of personal experience as a fellow HSE professional.

The Health and Safety profession presents itself in different ways to different HSE professionals, depending on their field of practice and the organization in which they practice.

With the right understanding and orientation about the profession, you can avoid being a failure in the profession.

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Let me now highlight the 10 reasons why most HSE professionals fail:


  1. Wrong reason for choosing the HSE profession:

    Most people enter into the HSE profession for a wrong reason. Reasons could be to get a better pay, to get fast employment, because a friend is making it in the profession, or because of someone else suggestion. The above reasons are not valid reasons for choosing the HSE profession or any other profession.

You need to be well-informed about the profession before getting into it. Meet seasoned professionals in the                  field; ask of the pros and cons of the profession. Ask of what to expect and the prospects. This information will            guide your choice adequately. Read (What is Health Safety and Environment )


  1. Not guided by passion:

    If choosing the HSE profession is not guided by passion, you may encounter the worst frustration of ever. What if you get into the profession, but do not get the kind of pay you expected or no one seems to notice your effort. “HSE profession is a thankless profession”, Keep that in mind.


  1. Being too proud to learn:

    All HSE professionals were once beginners. No one had all the experience needed to succeed in the profession from the start. You need to submit yourself to the learning process. You learn from fellow HSE professionals, expatriate in other field, and even junior workers.

For instance, you were not from the engineering background, but you find yourself in an engineering firm; you             will need to ask lots of questions. When you are too proud to ask, you will never learn and failure will be                         inevitable.


  1. Not investing in yourself:

    Someone recommended that 5% of your annual income should be invested in personal development. HSE professional certifications are costly to acquire, but you have to make plans to acquire them. These certifications are what will put you ahead of your colleagues. Just possessing the knowledge is not enough; you still need certifications to back up your claims.


  1. Absconding to join a professional body:

    HSE professionals must be a member of relevant Health and Safety professional bodies. These are where you meet fellow professionals, interact with them, and learn from them to develop your expertise. Belonging to a HSE professional body makes you a recognized Health and Safety professional.


  1. Being antagonistic with your management:

    Some management staffs are not Health and Safety friendly, but that does not give you the license to fight them. As a Health and Safety professional, you cannot achieve anything without the support of your management. They may be stubborn and non-supportive, but you need to be patient while persevering.


  1. Creating communication gap between you and your management:

    When you do not feed the management with your daily activities, policies, decisions, successes and challenges, you are creating a communication gap. This communication gap will be detrimental to you. When the management is not receiving any information from you, it could imply that you are not doing anything (You are dormant). This will further hinder you from achieving your set objectives.


  1. Not showing true concern and being a mediator:

    The workers expect a lot from you. They expect that you mediate in their Health and Safety concerns. When you cannot do that, they will tend to lose faith in you. When this happens, implementing Health and Safety guidelines will be a very difficult task. So at least, try your best.


  1. Being a joker; No firmness:

    While trying to carry everyone along when implementing the Health and Safety guidelines, avoid being flippant. The way you present an issue, is the way the issue will be taken. Instill a good level of seriousness and always be firm in your decision.


  1. Being an hardliner:

    HSE professionals are seen as hardliners when they tilt to punishment always. Though discipline cannot be ruled out of Health and Safety, avoid being too hard and difficult. Giving the workers a listening ear to understand them can be a tool to make them develop confidence in you. When the confidence is there, correction will be easy.

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