Decommissioning Health and Safety (HSE) Advisor

Decommissioning Health and Safety Advisors are usually situated within an engineering or dedicated decommissioning project team, and are responsible for providing advice and guidance to the Company to help prevent accidents, injuries and health issues in the workplace and promote safe working practices at production installations, both on and offshore.  A primary responsibility is for ensuring all aspects of health and safety compliance, and reporting and liaison with the relevant regulatory bodies and other key stake-holders.

About this role

Typical duties

  • Develops Decommissioning Health and Safety policies and procedures
  • Makes regular inspections of the workplace, site or plant and conducts risk assessments
  • Provides support and advice regarding Decommissioning health and safety considerations
  • Provides advice to staff regarding Decommissioning protective clothing
  • Provides advice on the measures a company can take to improve the safety of their Decommissioning environment
  • Trains staff to ensure that they are fully competent regarding Decommissioning health and safety issues
  • Ensures the Company is able to respond effectively to Decommissioning emergency situations
  • Liaises with the Health and Safety Executive and other governing bodies e.g. Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Carries out incident investigations, recording, and reporting all incidents to identify causes and provide recommendations to prevent recurrence
  • Report writing Reports any breaches of safety procedures to supervision / management
  • Actively participates in and promotes company health and safety campaigns, policies and procedures, and ensures personal safety and that of colleagues at all times

In the industry

Major large-scale decommissioning projects are still relatively new to the UK oil and gas industry. As a result, the discipline of Decommissioning HSE Advisor is still evolving, however it is very clear that this role will become an increasing specialism within the industry. They will increasingly be found in a variety of organisations including the Operators who own or manage production installations, major Engineering Contractors, Drilling Contractors, engineering consultancies and specialist service companies.


  • Office
  • Outdoors
  • Offshore


  • University
  • College
  • Apprenticeships

What do I need?

Key Skills

  • Managing people
  • Team working
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Analysing
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • IT
  • Numerical
  • Practical
  • Working to deadlines
  • Flexibility


Entry requirements:

  • Degree or Diploma in a related engineering or technical subject
  • National Examinations Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH)
  • National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (or other recognised health and safety qualification)
  • Basic offshore induction and emergency training (BOSIET)
  • Offshore Medical Certificate
  • OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Standards (MIST)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Good organisation and administration skill

Employers might also look for:

  • Post graduate qualification in related subject
  • Relevant work experience through summer work, internship in a similar role gained during University/study
  • Good knowledge of offshore operations / facilities
  • Good knowledge of offshore HSE/ regulations