Health and safety is one of the most important aspects for oil and gas corporations. They invest time and capital to create the most efficient practices, effective prevention measures, and rapid response procedures. Keeping calm and not getting ahead of yourself during emergencies and being able to guide others are two hallmarks for success in this occupation.

This post aims to discuss what exactly Health and Safety Professionals do within the Oil & Gas Industry. Essentially, experts as such offer health and safety environmental services, tips and precautions for employees, contractors, and communities near company operations.

Diverse job titles:

  • Emergency Response Planners design and implement emergency response plans, training and exercises.
  • Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Advisors/Coordinators – Field/Offshore: Professionals here conduct inspections, implement controls on industry projects, recommend procedures and provide training dynamics.
  • Rig Medics/Occupation Health Nurses design and implement programs aimed at improving the health and safety of workers. They provide routine health services and first aid to staff and additionally respond to emergency situations such as workplace accidents.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officers conduct workplace inspections and examinations in order to detect unsafe or unhealthy working conditions, and therefore ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Process Safety Engineers develop safety strategies, programs, processes and plans that ensure safe working conditions within business facilities.

Many people wonder how they could become a Health and Safety Professional within the Oil & Gas Industry. Education and experience requirements vary widely, but common prerequisites include knowledge of the petroleum business, and health and safety expertise.


  • A specialised program in health, safety and the environment from a university or post-secondary institution.
  • A technical diploma or degree in a discipline such as engineering.
  • Business experience in a particular specialty.
  • A designation such as the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or the Certified Health and Safety Consultant (CHSC).

Working conditions:

No matter what the exact job title is, Health and Safety Professionals are expected to travel. A valid driver’s license along with a safe driving record is an obligation. Classically, office-based professionals work usual office hours, but they must be available to respond to emergencies around the clock. In the field, Health and Safety Professionals work 12 to 14 hours daily, seven days a week. Suitable time off is given depending on the shift set up. You may be exposed to inclement weather and potentially hazardous conditions. Most roles require that you be physically fit.