Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) is a discipline and specialty that studies and implements practical aspects of environmental protection and safety at work. In a simple term, it is what organizations must do to make sure that their activities do not cause harm to anyone. It is sometimes referred to in the reverse – Health, Safety and Environment (HSE).
When we talk about Health, Safety and Environment at work, we mean the things that have to be done to keep people healthy and safe when they are at work. Every organization needs to educate its entire workforce on health and safety related issues. It is a mandatory requirement for companies in specific sectors to enroll their employees in safety training. As an individual with HSE education and certification you are well positioned to work in the following sectors; Oil and Gas, Power and Energy, Aviation, Construction, Consulting Firms, International Organizations, and NGO’s HSE departments. The profession is in high demand by certain employers in order to meet up with regulatory requirements.
According to the Certified Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), the list of sectors expected to have skilled Safety Officers are as follows below;
- Aviation – Mandatory
- Construction – Mandatory
- Information Technology
- Manufacturing – Mandatory
- NGO’s – Mandatory
- Oil and Gas – Mandatory
- Power and Energy – Mandatory
- Consulting Firms
- International Organizations (WHO, USAID, UNDP, World Bank etc.)
These thus make the professionals here kind of indispensable. The above to a very large extent thus gives an insight why individuals in the profession probably earn so much.
Salaries of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Professionals in Nigeria
The Average Salary of HSE Staff in Nigeria is around #130,000 monthly
Where most Entry Level Employees earn as low as #70,000 monthly
And most Senior Level Employees earn as high as #300,000 monthly.
However, the specifics are based on some factors such as the industry, company, years of experience, staff level and risk involved. For example, an HSE officer in an Oil and Gas firm where he or she is a core staff would earn far more than one in a telecommunication company where he or she may just be an advisory staff. It is also important to state at this juncture that some HSE Officers in some of the Oil and Gas firms even earn as much as #1,000,000 per month and even more.
See specific salaries of HSE here
Here are Some Fun Facts about the HSE Profession
- Do you know all organizations are advised to have a safety officer?
- Do you know with HSE certifications you can work in any sector/industry?
- Do you know that Certified Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is the international membership body of the profession?
Generally, in finance, it is often said that, the higher the risk, the higher the rewards attached. Therefore, taking this into consideration, since most of the individuals in the profession involve in one risky task and activity or the other, it also gives an insight into why they earn this much.