Good demand for health and safety advisers
Opportunities for health and safety advisers are good due to:
- demand for trained, experienced health and safety advisers in many industries, especially construction, agriculture, manufacturing and forestry
- WorkSafe's strategy to improve health and safety in New Zealand workplaces
- government and industry initiatives to improve the health and safety culture in New Zealand industries.
Shortage of trained, experienced health and safety advisers
The number of new health and safety advisers is insufficient to meet demand. This is because it takes a long time to train as a health and safety adviser, and relevant industry experience is important for specific roles. As a result, some employers are recruiting from overseas.
High demand for occupational hygienists
There is strong demand for occupational hygienists (sometimes called industrial hygienists) who identify, evaluate and control risks to worker health from physical, chemical, and biological hazards.
According to the Census, 2,445 health and safety advisers worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Types of employers varied
Health and safety advisers may:
- be employed by businesses across a wide range of industries
- work as consultants for health and safety consulting firms
- be self-employed, working on contract for several smaller businesses
- work in the not-for-profit sector.
Larger businesses in industries with higher rates of work-related injuries usually employ full-time health and safety advisers. These industries include:
- mining and quarrying