Quality Heath, Safety & Environment (QHSE) Advisor
Hometown: Harbour Grace
“With a Health & Safety career there are a number of jobs available, especially if you are interested in traveling to Alberta, offshore, the U.S. or overseas. With that being said, there are jobs in Newfoundland & Labrador or I wouldn’t be here!”
Tara has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Memorial University and completed the Occupational Health & Safety program at College of the North Atlantic. She credits the youth groups and clubs she was involved in with helping her develop leadership and public speaking skills. She says she has always wanted to help people which helped draw her towards this career. Tara’s high school biology, chemistry and physics courses were most applicable to her post-secondary studies.
Tara works in an office environment, Monday-Friday from 8 am -5 pm. She lives in Harbour Grace and works in St. John’s so she has a one-hour commute each way. Tara’s workplace is comprised of an office, shop and yard area, with most potential hazards existing in the shop and yard area due to the amount of equipment.
Prior to her current position, she worked as a Quality Control Manager for Independent Fish Harvesters and she owns her own business called Avalon Safety Training (she does training and QH&S program development) in conjunction with Schlumberger. She says there are many possible career opportunities for her in the areas of Occupational Health & Safety and Quality Control.
Compensation and Benefits
Salaries in Tara’s field (offshore Health & Safety) range from $35,000-130,000 annually, depending on where an employee works. Her company offers health and dental insurance, RRSPs, pension, profit sharing and other bonuses. She says that there are many opportunities for future training, especially in the area of safety. “No matter how much training you have, there is always additional training to complete. You never want employees becoming complacent.”
She rates salaries in the oil and gas field as good relative to similar positions in another industries and very good compared to salaries in non oil and gas careers with similar amounts of training.