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Environmental credentials crucial for H&S jobs

Safety, Health & Environmental update 29/03/2012

Nearly two-thirds of health and safety jobs are requiring specific skills in environmental management, according to new research – highlighting the emphasis being put on businesses’ environmental profiles.

The 2012 National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) Jobs Barometer found that 62 per cent of health and safety jobs being advertised made specific mention of environmental management duties and experience, the same as the figure for 2011.

The survey looked at 100 nationally advertised jobs for health and safety officers and managers between 27 February and 12 March this year.

It also found that an increasing proportion of the jobs required candidates to have a specific NEBOSH qualification. Some 72 per cent of the positions required a qualification, compared to 66 per cent in the 2011 survey.

NEBOSH chief executive, Teresa Budworth, said that the survey showed the increasing focus that many companies were putting on the quality of their health and safety measures.

“Obviously we’re delighted that more employers than ever before are insisting that health and safety job applicants hold a NEBOSH qualification,” she said. “But what’s more important is that high standards are not just being maintained but are improving. This is crucial if employers are to protect lives, prevent injury and avoid the negative effects of poor health in the workplace.”

Commenting on the survey, Chris Wilson, RBS Mentor's Senior Environmental Consultant, said:

"This research shows that good environmental management is recognised as a critical element of overall business risk".

"Those businesses that do not employ or have access to specialist environmental support should carefully consider their environmental risks and put measures in place to control them".

For more information on our Environmental service please click here.

For details on how RBS Mentor could help your business in situations like this and many others, contact us today. If you already subscribe to Mentor, please call the Advice Service.

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