Want to Become a safety professional? This can be your Guide.
“Every expert was once a beginner. As a safety professional, it becomes our priority one to see that our colleagues go back safe and sound to their family.”
So, every beginner must be a student first. Choose wisely, don’t fall for advertisement traps. Many institutions offer eye-catching offers via social networking sites and online. Never be fooled by everything that is shown until an actual evidence is available.
How safety institutions fool young students and make big money with their invalid Diploma certificate in Fire & Safety and how to avoid them? This is the big question that needs to be addressed.
We live in an era of business and that’s exactly what (some) safety institutions are doing now. So, one can put down it as “Making big money with their diploma course by tricking young students”. They claim that only a secondary school education is sufficient. After finishing the course you can become a Safety Manager / Safety Engineer / Safety Officer etc. They also aver that they will provide job placement in Gulf countries with a salary and good perks.
So What can you do about it?
My dear future HSE professionals note that you are being fooled. First of all, you cannot become a safety officer with secondary school qualification. You need a minimum degree to get into a position of safety officer along with NEBOSH certificate. If one wants to become a Safety Engineer Bachelor degree in Engineering with NEBOSH is needed. For a Safety Manager position, one must be highly experienced, a degree and an international safety certification might be necessary. Candidates with lower education might end up with fire watch and fireman positions (No offence, I only meant that it is not a Safety job that one seeks from the Diploma qualifications that one pays for), the highest post they can get is the position of safety supervisor but only people with high experience will get safety supervisor position as it demands high responsibility than a Safety officer.
What an Enthusiastic Safety personnel does & knows ?:
There are many institutes where one can get a safety certificate without writing any exam but it’s a different case with NEBOSH. He / She has to study hard which will then only result in qualifying. Also, people with Secondary school qualification will find it extremely difficult to pass NEBOSH (Without proper knowledge in safety aspects, regulations & command on the English language). Diploma in fire and safety is completely invalid in gulf countries now. Nobody asks that certificate and to be precise, nobody needs it. Every organization is in search of someone with a minimum of Science Degree + NEBOSH.
Be careful about such tricks played by safety institutions. Go for higher studies if you want to become a qualified safety professional. Take science or engineering degree if you can or at least take any general bachelor degree. Study hard to pass NEBOSH. Take wise decisions, ask questions, find a good mentor and secure your future well.
The First Gig (Beginner to Safety profession)?:
There might be many shortcuts followed before you ever entered ‘that’ particular company/ organization. But once you have been admitted, make sure people are done with certain phrases…
‘This is how it has always worked’ and ‘That’s how it’s done Safety guy’
So, how do we make people listen to what we (HSE) say? There are two ways:
- Implementing harsh fines and penalties.
- Ensure colleagues are also involved in Risk Assessment and Safety culture development practices that are being conducted.
Don’t know about option 1 but option 2 always works for anyone. One must make workmen comprehend that they are the main ingredient in the recipe for ‘Safety’. Always encompass yourself with the workmen, never leave an impression that you’re one of the members of management, but unravel to them that you are part and parcel of their own team.
Humour is not only the best way to impress people, but it is a great Ice Breaker. Embrace humour into the conversations, PPT presentation most importantly in HSE inductions, as HSE training/induction room is the best place to find a large number of heavy-eyed faces. Safety is a serious topic, yet a little humour is always welcomed in it. As it will make sure all the information goes into the head, not over the head, trust me it works like a magic spell.
If the sector you joined is a new one for you, then never be afraid of asking questions.
Two cents for career growth:
- Ask question,
- Learn something new from all.
- Make friends regardless of their position,
- Learn something from others position as well,
- Learn from your mistakes.
- Work on them, never repeat the same mistake twice.
When you are in a new gig and you have no clue how that particular sector works, always remember that workmen will be a better teacher than that of management staff.