WHAT DOES THIS PERSON DO?
The terms of reference for the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Advisor are to reduce and mitigate work-related risks and hazards within the company, such as occupational injuries, occupational diseases, and events likely to have adverse environmental consequences. The advisor analyses risks, assesses them, and recommends suitable solutions; for example, the advisor ensures that regulatory documents are available and have been read and understood by everyone. The advisor also reviews potential operations-related or maintenance-related hazards in the industrial process. The advisor coaches the Operations Team in its injury reporting, investigations, and identification of corrective measures.
To reduce the number of incidents, the advisor trains personnel and carries out awareness campaigns among company employees. The advisor works alongside the teams in the field, informs them of the risks and hazards related to any given activity, and suggests corrective measures.
Works alongside the Operations teams (without taking the place of the supervisors, whose responsibilities include enforcing the Health and Safety rules)
The advisor oversees the regulatory compliance of equipment and facilities. This work includes introducing suitable compliance monitoring techniques. The advisor ensures that company employees and contractors and their employees comply with the regulations, and actively assists them in developing their written procedures to ensure they include Health and Safety.
What are the essential qualities?
The HSE Advisor is thoroughly familiar with the working conditions of company employees and with the risks and hazards they may face. The advisor has scientific, technical and legal skills and regularly updates them. Chemist, electrician, IT technician... the advisor capably manages certain types of hazards, including asbestos-related hazards.
Results-oriented and learner-oriented, to carry out the various initiatives successfully, the HSE Advisor analyses each situation, makes realistic proposals and sets goals. The advisor’s gift for teaching and communicating helps to achieve these goals.
Composure and responsiveness
Authoritative, composed, organised and thorough, a talent for negotiating, a good team player – these are some of the characteristics necessary for resolving urgent situations and making decisions quickly. The HSE Advisor may intervene at any and all times in any number of sectors in order to manage, for example, a pollution incident. Being on call and being on site are part of the job.
Beginning with a bac +2 or a bac +3, there are a variety of paths for becoming an HSE Advisor.
However, the higher the diploma, the greater the advisor’s mission and responsibilities will be.
• bac + 2
BTS (a vocational training certificate) in hygiene, cleanliness, environment
DUT (a university diploma in technology) in health, safety and environment
DEUST (a university diploma in scientific and technical studies) leading to qualifications to become a Health and Environment Advisor
• bac + 3
Bachelor's degree in sciences and technology, law, economics or management with a major in quality, hygiene, safety or environment
• bac + 5
Masters (professional) in environment, economics and sustainable development, waste management and treatment, biology, chemistry, etc.
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