What's it like to be a Work Health and Safety Officer?
Work Health & Safety Officers are responsible for ensuring the safe and compliant operation of an organisation. They implement defined Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) strategies which identify hazards, assess risks to health and safety, and use state-of-the-art tools and techniques to avoid accidents and injuries.
Tasks and duties
- Promoting healthy and safe working methods and practices in the workplace.
- Ensuring state-of-the-art health and safety compliance across the whole organisation.
- Identifying, recording and reporting hazards, accidents, injuries and health issues.
- Assisting with investigation of accidents, studying possible causes and providing remedial advice.
- Conducting health and safety training sessions for management, supervisors and workers.
- Assisting with rehabilitation of workers after accidents and overseeing their successful return to work.
- Coordinating emergency procedures and first aid crews.
- Developing OHS plans and monitoring compliance.
- Inspecting workplace and related tools and equipment to ensure compliance with regulations.
Work Health & Safety Officers often work on–site, providing a go–between from shop floor to middle management by monitoring OHS compliance and providing technical advice. They have strong administrative skills and are certified through Vocational Education and Training (VET). Work Health & Safety Officers work in an increasingly broad range of industries, including manufacturing, construction, health and mining.
What can I earn as a Work Health and Safety Officer?
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How to become a Work Health and Safety Officer
- Complete a Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) or Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB60615).
- Gain 3 years’ full-time experience in an OHS Practitioner role.
- Complete a capability assessment, including complete OHS Practitioner Portfolio Report, referee checks and interviews.
- Renew certification annually and complete ongoing CPD.