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Work Health and Safety Officer

Oversee a healthy and safe workplace culture and ensure compliance with OHS standards.

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.

Work Health and Safety Officer

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.
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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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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Work Health and Safety Officer is between $75k and $85k
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How to become a Work Health and Safety Officer


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A formal OHS certification is required. The certification process requires a minimum level of vocational study; currently accepted qualifications are the Diploma of Work Health and Safety and Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety. 3 years’ equivalent full–time experience working in an OHS Practitioner role is also required, as well as a completed OHS Practitioner Portfolio Report. Once achieved, certification must be renewed annually. You need to undertake Continuous Professional Development (CPD) each year to maintain certification.

  1. Complete a Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB51315) or Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety (BSB60615).
  2. Gain 3 years’ full-time experience in an OHS Practitioner role.
  3. Complete a capability assessment, including complete OHS Practitioner Portfolio Report, referee checks and interviews.
  4. Renew certification annually and complete ongoing CPD.

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Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

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Diploma of Work Health and Safety

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How do Work Health and Safety Officers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 17 Work Health and Safety Officers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.1
Job satisfaction
4.4
Career progression opportunities
3.8
Job security
3.6
Pay / Salary
3.6
Variety of work
4.2

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Aug 2019
OH&S can be a tough Job nut also very rewarding and knowing I can make a difference makes me feel better and I don't want to do anything else
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma OHS/WHS
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Construction
The good things
The good things about the role of the OH&S advisor is knowing that you're are making a place safer for others and at the end of the day when you walk away and know that things are going to be safer f...
The challenges
The challenge is to overcome obstacles like making an area safe without causing to much disruption to the construction time to the project and then organising work to be done swiftly to have a problem...
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Aug 2019
Work Health and Safey, work safely, go home safely
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Work Health and Safety
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Work health and safey
The good things
As a Work Health and Safety Advisor I have the chance to change the culture in an organisation and make a significant contribution to ensuring workers have a safe environment at work and go home to th...
The challenges
The first challenge is to make sure you have Executives and Managers walking the walk and talking the talk of WHS. You must have them on board to help your journey. Then it can be an arduous task to c...
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Working hours for Work Health and Safety Officers

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National increase over next 5 years *
2.9%
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