HSE officers, also known as health, safety, and environment officers and environment health and safety officers, monitor health and safety, assess risk, and design strategies to reduce potential hazards within an assigned workplace or geographic area. Private companies and government offices hire HSE officers to work full daytime weekday hours, both in office environments and out in the field. HSE officers manage and train other health and safety staff members and frequently travel to perform field investigations and respond to incident reports.
HSE Officer Duties and Responsibilities
HSE officers perform varied job duties based on the area they’re responsible for, but these core tasks are common in all environments:
Monitor Health and Safety
HSE officers monitor incidents of injury, illness, and other situations within an assigned geographic area.
HSE officers write reports detailing health and safety within their assigned research market.
HSE officers design strategies to reduce incidents of illness, environmental accidents, and other issues that may affect public safety.
HSE officers go into the field to investigate environmental accidents and other public safety concerns within their market. They may also assign team members to investigate reported incidents.
Design Training Programs
HSE officers design training programs to provide safety awareness education.
HSE officers give presentations about current safety hazards based on market research to educate others about avoiding health, safety, and environmental hazards.
Recruit Crew Members
HSE officers recruit and train new HSE crew members.
Perform Risk Assessments
HSE officers assess risks associated with tools and equipment, jobsites, and work environments within their assigned research market.
HSE Officer Skills and Qualifications
HSE officers are detail-oriented professionals with strong critical thinking skills who assess risks and create reports to protect others against health, safety, and environmental dangers. Employers hire HSE officers who have the following essential skills:
- Communication skills – HSE officers use written communication skills to create reports and training materials, and verbal communication skills to delegate tasks to other HSE staff members
- Organization skills – HSE officers use organization skills to manage multiple safety projects and analyze multiple studies at once
- Analytical thinking – good analytical skills and the ability to think critically are must-haves for HSE officers, who analyze data and compile it into usable material and reports
- Public speaking – HSE officers use public speaking skills to give presentations and present oral reports regarding health, safety, and environmental hazards within a specific workplace or geographic area
- Leadership – HSE officers use leadership skills to manage other health, safety, and environment staff members and assign them specific investigative tasks