Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Management

SHEQ specialists focus on the safety, health, environment and quality assurance side of the business.

Practice Area Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) Management
Introduction Whilst a SHEQ manager may take responsibility for all these aspects, a SHEQ team member may be responsible for one particular area, such as compliance. SHEQ specialists are responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring SHEQ polices and activities on site, supervising and coordinating work systems to ensure that the products or services of the company meet the highest quality standards and that working conditions are favourable and safe. Their role should be a key one in an organisation, promoting SHEQ as a core business value and developing a mature culture towards continuous improvement.
What skills are required?
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Ability to work with and influence others at all levels of the workforce
  • Coaching skills
  • IT skills such as EXCEL
  • Record keeping and report writing
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to drive and embed change
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Planning and organising skills
What qualifications are required?
  • Previous experience in a relevant area such as facilities management/ building services/ construction arena may be required
  • NEBOSH qualifications
  • IOSH Membership
  • Management experience
  • A full driving licence
What is it like in practice?

SHEQ specialists may have responsibility for developing SHEQ policies and working with senior management teams to embed these into the culture of an organisation.

SHEQ specialists work on site, delivering frontline SHEQ advice and training to line managers and the work force. SHEQ specialists will advise, guide and coach line managers and workers on the implementation of the health, safety and environmental management systems.

Some duties can include hands on practical tasks such as carrying out fire and health and safety assessments or incident investigations.

SHEQ specialist use report writing and record keeping to monitor and report on contract performance and policy implementation.

Some SHEQ specialists may attend advise on business submissions and attend meetings with sub-contractors and clients.

Work Environment Your time will be split between the office sites, depending on your role. The job is a busy, active one with lots of contact with other stakeholders.
Employment opportunities

SHEQ specialists are employed by construction firms, and by enforcement bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive.

Entry level SHEQ positions are available, alongside roles for more experienced workers. Applicants may have a site or construction management background or come from other industries. A degree is not usually required (although senior roles may specify this as a requirement) but SHEQ advisers usually require NEBOSH qualifications and may become chartered.

International opportunities are available, usually for more experienced workers

More information Visit CIOB (opens new window)
Relevant UCEM programmes

BSc (Hons) Construction Management

MSc Construction Management

You might like this role if you enjoy:

  • People management and leadership
  • Practical or technical skills and knowledge

See more skills used by SHEQ specialists:

  • Researching and explaining data
  • Using verbal and written communication skills
  • Working with different people such as clients, contractors’ colleagues and the general public
  • Using perceptual skills interpret maps, charts and diagrams
  • Creativity and problem solving