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Workplace health and safety officer

What is it like to be a Workplace health and safety officer? 

A Workplace health and safety officer provides advice on the overall condition of health and safety in a workplace, and ensures an organisation is complying with appropriate laws and regulations. They are responsible for protecting the safety and wellbeing of staff in the workplace through creating and implementing appropriate policies and procedures.

A Workplace health and safety officer is involved in investigating workplace incidents and assists with the rehabilitation of affected workers. They are also required to identify why and how incidents have been caused to remedy future incidents from reoccurring.

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. This data is reflective of employment levels for occupational and environmental health professionals. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Characteristics of Employment Survey, August 2015.

Is it right for me? 

Workplace health and safety officers are thorough, careful and committed to completing tasks, paying close attention to detail. As a Workplace Health and Safety Officer you will be able to work coherently with others, with the ability to direct and lead others. You will also possess the following traits;

  • Highly motivated
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Work methodically

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Human Resource Management) is presently accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) and satisfies the educational requirements for professional membership of AHRI. 

In successfully completing 400 hours of professional placement in the Bachelor of Human Services (Human Resource Management) you will be eligible for Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) accreditation. If you don’t wish to undertake the three professional placement courses, or if you're studying overseas, you can complete three other approved courses.

The Bachelor of Human Services (Honours) is seeking accreditation with the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA).


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