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Environmental Health and Safety Jobs | Interview with John Ojuola, HSE Officer

Updated: Apr 3


Environmental Health and Safety Jobs | Recruitment in Africa  | Interview

Meet John from Manchester who has vast working experience concerned with Environmental Health and Safety jobs. To all my readers out there, feel free to send me your CV / RESUME and the next person I interview could be you! 🙂


What industry do you work in?

I work in the Environmental Health and Safety Industry.


What are your strengths?

My strengths reflect my ability to communicate effectively with large audience with good communication skills both orally and in writing. Another strength is my ability to organize events using PowerPoint presentations to mobilize others to do good work as well as my skill in taking action through the use of my initiative and decision making.


Leadership and management potentials, being creative and innovative to diagnose problems and find pragmatic and immediate solutions are included as my strengths.


Ability to work as a team to achieve goals and meet project targets and deadlines, to listen attentively and analyze other perspectives, opinions and reports and lastly my readiness to adapt to new environments and easily bond with colleagues.


What inspired you to get into this sort of industry?

My motivation for going into the environmental health industry is the concern I have for nature i.e. to preserve the natural environment for forthcoming generations and to help prevent loss of life in the work environment through the negligent attitude of workers and employers, resulting in fatalities in many developing nations.


What is the most challenging aspect of your field of work?

The main challenges in the health and safety industry are in two parts:


Attitudes towards health and safety in work environments are sometimes awkward.


The second challenge is the company’s attitude towards health and safety management which are shambolic at times where companies ignore advice on health and safety issues due to the associated costs.


How do you manage and overcome these challenges?

The way to overcome these challenges is to have positive ideas and educate people in various ways such as:


Provision of adequate information from the lowest level of education to the highest level can help companies and workers to overcome inadequate knowledge about health and safety problems work environments.


Provision of health and safety training should be made available to all workers including operative, junior staff, and senior management to let all workers have adequate training that will reduce accidents at all levels.


Information about health and safety measures should be provided to all employees on-site through credible channels such as media, local authority health safety officers, HSE personnel, and company websites. This should be provided in transparently.


There should be frequent communication at all levels with the workers across the company. Sub-contractors should also be trained to make the issue of health and safety measures in the work environment more prominent on people’s minds.


What has been the highlight of your career?

The highlights of my career were working as a professional security under cash payment service in South Africa and health officer in the mental hospital in the UK. To explain further:


While working as a security officer in South Africa, I escorted money to various parts of the country paying old people and disabled people. This built my integrity as I helped people in need while saving income for the state, protecting lives and properties.


Again, working as a health officer at a mental hospital in the UK is a continuation of helping vulnerable people to bring them back to normal life. I enjoy helping others as a hobby.


If somebody starts as a trainee/beginner within your line of work, what could they earn in salary?

The salary of a trainee manager in my field varies depending on the country, the job description, and the area of specialization. Research shows that salaries in the UK range between #19,000- 25,000 per annum.


What can this person expect to after 10 years of experience?

After 10 years of experience, salaries would depend on the job and the particular company. According to the research carried out on the salary scale of qualified environmental and Health Safety managers, the salary can be up to #55,000 – 65,000 per annum.


What advice can you offer people who are in the same industry as you?

The only advice I can give to all people who practice in the same industry as I is to focus on opportunities to gain vital experience, develop, and to make positive impact with less focus on the salary package.


If you had to describe yourself in FIVE WORDS, what would they be?

  1. Honest

  2. Reliable

  3. Hardworking

  4. Impeccable

  5. Consistency.


Where in Africa have you worked before?

I have worked in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Swaziland, and Nigeria.


As you know, numerous African countries are being invested in due to their rich minerals. Which country within Africa do you think will be the next hot spot and why?

According to researches, Tanzania will be the next hot sport country for investors because of the latest discovery of natural gas where many big companies are moving to the country for gas extraction.


Are you a believer in Africa and if so why?

Africa is blessed with natural resources and the continent is the backbone of the whole world in term of natural resources such as Crude oil, Gas, Gold, Copper, Diamond, Dynamite and other natural resources like precious stones. In one word Africa is a land of blessing to the Western World and the whole World. There are yet many undiscovered natural minerals resources in Africa.  The world cannot ignore Africa; the continent is indeed a blessed continent in spite of current troubles.


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