Safety practitioners must have good communication skills to get workers to ‘buy-in’ to health and safety, say recruitment specialists Shirley Parsons and Liam Tiddy.

Shirley Parsons is a chartered IOSH professional with over 30 years’ health and safety consulting experience. She founded Shirley Parsons Ltd in 2005 to provide a specialist high quality recruitment service to the health and safety sector.

Liam Tiddy joined Shirley Parsons Ltd in 2005 and is now head of search for the organisation. Here, they reflect on some of the skills that a health and safety practitioner needs to succeed in the modern workplace — and make themselves attractive to potential employers.

What has changed in health and safety recruitment since you started in 2005? Obviously, we’ve had the Equality Act and the whole explosion of wellbeing since then. Have expectations changed from employers along these lines?

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