Health safety and environment officer

Job Summary

Minimum Qualification: Bachelors Degree in Health, Safety, or environmental field

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description

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 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.

Create Reports

HSE officers write reports detailing health and safety within their assigned research market.

Develop Strategies

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.

Give Presentations

HSE officers give presentations about current safety hazards based on market research to educate others about avoiding health, safety, and environmental hazards.

Perform Risk Assessments

HSE officers assess risks associated with tools and equipment, jobsites, and work environments within their assigned research market.


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:

  1. 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
  2. Organization skills – HSE officers use organization skills to manage multiple safety projects and analyze multiple studies at once
  3. 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
  4. Leadership – HSE officers use leadership skills to manage other health, safety, and environment staff members and assign them specific investigative tasks


Employers require HSE officers to have a bachelor’s degree in a health, safety, or environmental field of study. Because HSE officers travel frequently, a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record is also required. Additionally, require HSE officers to have previous work experience with health, safety, and environmental matters.

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