A Day in the Life- Danielle McAllister

Learn more about Belfast Harbour’s Safety and Environmental Systems Coordinator, Danielle McAllister

I’m the Safety and Environmental Systems Coordinator for Belfast Harbour. My working day can vary from being on-site carrying out site inspections and compliance audits to maintaining the Health, Safety, Environmental and Business Continuity Systems through updating information, document control systems and records.

A knowledge of recognised Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental or Quality Management System Standards is very important in my role, as is an in-depth knowledge of current Health, Safety and Environmental Legislation. I also need to ensure I am fully abreast of all current Health, Safety and Environmental issues. Personality wise I think you need to be calm and quick thinking to respond efficiently to the rapidly changing situations and the dynamic nature of operations within the Harbour.

I studied BSc Land use and Environmental Management with Professional Studies at Queen’s University Belfast and I have worked within the Health and Safety and Environmental sector since graduating in 2009. In addition to my degree I hold the National Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. I also have a Level 4 Diploma in Waste Management Operations: Managing Physical & Chemical Treatment Hazardous Waste.

The best thing about my job is the fact that no two days are ever the same – there are always new challenges at hand and that makes for fast-paced, interesting days. The Harbour has an incredibly high standard of environmental practice, demonstrated by the Platinum Arena Network accreditation we have achieved for the last 5 years, this makes me really proud.

If I were to give one piece of advice to those considering a career in my profession it would be to attend as many events and conferences as possible as, although you can read a lot online, speaking to people first-hand provides you with access to so much more information. It gives you a chance to gain insights, ask direct questions and, most importantly, make contacts.