Running any business is challenging — so owners and bosses naturally seek solutions that offer peace of mind.
That’s doubly true when it comes to testing and compliance — precisely assessing the quality of raw materials, products, service and staff practice is essential to remain profitable, productive and above board.
If you’ve got some expertise you might carve a lucrative slice of this sector — here are four ways to make your mark in testing, compliance and auditing.
Health and Safety compliance saves lives — so non-compliance leads to punitive fines and even imprisonment.
But as a business expands responsibilities multiply, so making sure best practice is followed and standards are maintained is very time-consuming.
Safety compliance software is one solution — managers can remotely monitor various sites simultaneously and systems update automatically with the latest legislation.
These systems can also trigger automatic alerts when safety certification deadlines are approaching for different pieces of kit over a large geographical area.
As rules and regulations become more complex, the demand for this type of sophisticated software is sure to rise.
Safety and security in the food chain is one of the 21st century’s biggest challenges.
And as the global climate continues to change and new diseases develop, farmers and scientists face an uphill battle making crops and livestock meet demands of quality and quantity.
But laboratory ph testing can reveal whether soil conditions are primed to allow plants to grow and for high-yield crops to be sustainable.
Scientists hope that a greater understanding of the role of microbes can help to protect plants in diverse environments.
Experts in this area are sought-after —so it’s definitely a viable career path.
Data Protection auditing
Too many companies don’t take data protection compliance seriously until a data breach leads to sensitive information being lost or ending up in the wrong hands.
The results for the individuals involved can be damaging and organisations usually face stiff fines.
And legislation is often amended or partially replaced, such as the EU GDPR rules which will supersede the domestic regulations of member states.
So becoming a consultant who guides firms through a thorough audit to ensure compliance might be an excellent move, especially when organisations enter panic mode as new laws hit the statute books while they’re still unprepared.
Employee physical health and safety has been the responsibility of employers for some time, but their mental health and wellbeing is also a legal responsibility that can’t be ignored.
Protecting and promoting good mental health throughout an organisation relies on embedding a positive and proactive culture as well as promoting activities such as yoga and mindfulness.
But we shouldn’t presume that even the largest organisations automatically have in-house experts capable of such a significant undertaking.
So staff wellbeing consultancies can fill this gap by taking an organisational temperature check through surveys and workshops, then advising management how to change the ways they operate internally.
These four ways to make your mark in testing, compliance and auditing might provide inspiration for your next career move.
Do you work in any of the areas described? Share your thoughts in the comments section.