The sector covering Work, Health and Safety (WHS) or Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is a significant industry in Australia. WHS roles range from entry level positions through to diploma and university qualified professions. While all jobs will have a WHS component in the position or job description, there are a number of emerging WHS careers. Some jobs are totally dedicated to WHS whilst others incorporate Human Resource (HR) functions or workplace training and development. The following are the 2016 trending careers in WHS:
engages workers and managers in developing and delivering safety programs. WHS Officers must have knowledge and experience in WHS related legislation and industry standards. WHS Officers often hold a BSB51315 Diploma in Work Health and Safety, or the higher level BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety for specialised or high risk jobs.
technically not a separate career on its own, this is the new term used for Occupational and Health and Safety (OHS) Representatives, normally found in workplaces, and consisting of both workers and managers. The role of the HSR is to engage workers to identify health and safety issues and convey these issues to managers. There is special accredited WorkSafe NSW training that is available for HSRs and National Training Masters is an accredited HSR provider. Adding the role of HSR to your existing work role is a great way to experience the diverse functions of WHS and explore if this is where you would like to head as a career.
Health and Safety Advisor (HSA):
like a Health and Safety Representative, the Health and Safety Advisor works within an organisation – it is not technically a stand-alone job. The HSA supports managers to improve the organisation’s health, safety and well-being practices. Depending on your jurisdiction and organisation, there may be a mandatory requirement to have an HSA, such as workplaces with over 30 employees. The HSA is more specialised than a member of the WHS Committee, such as a Health and Safety Representative (HSR), and taking on this role is a great pathway to other WHS careers. As a minimum the BSB41415 CIV Work Health and Safety is a pathway for being an HSA.
3. Work Health and Safety Inspector:
a specialised role found in government bodies such as WorkSafe NSW, requiring high level WHS qualifications and experience, such as the BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety. A WHS inspector is responsible for regulatory compliance with legislation. WHS Inspector roles are also found in large government bodies and in the private sector, including high-risk industries such as transport, mining and construction.
these people are responsible for the management and implementation of employee health and wellness programs, in order to manage workplace risks to health and wellbeing. The wellbeing coordinator may have job roles such as developing Return to Work Plans (RWP), mental health programs, coordinating drug and alcohol awareness and preventative health and wellbeing programs. The BSB41415 CIV Work Health and Safety and BSB51315 Diploma of Work Health and Safety are ideal qualifications for a Health and Wellbeing Coordinator.
5. Work Health and Safety Consultant /OHS:
provides strategic and operational solutions to organisations regarding their WHS and risk management needs, including conducting WHS audits, and risk assessment and training. Usually a WHS Consultant will have as a minimum the BSB41415 CIV Work Health and Safety, but depending on the role and specialty area, consultants are recommended to have a qualification up to the BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety. WHS Consultants may work within organisations or on a contract basis.
provides WHS training and assessment, either in the workplace or with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO)/TAFE. A WHS Trainer/Assessor will have extensive WHS industry experience, usually at managerial level. The training qualification will be the TAE40110 CIV Training and Assessment. The WHS qualification will be either the BSB51315 Diploma in Work Health and Safety or the BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety or higher. Additional training roles include being an accredited HSR provider, and this involves further accreditation with a statutory body such as WorkSafe NSW. National Training Masters provides entry-level qualifications to WHS careers with the BSB41415 CIV Work Health and Safety, through to advanced WHS training with the BSB51315 Diploma in Work Health and Safety and BSB60615 Advanced Diploma of Work Health and Safety. NTM is also an accredited HSR training provider for WorkSafe NSW, and undertakes extensive in-house, customised WHS training with both private and public sector organisations. To make an appointment with an accredited Career Development Practitioner to explore WHS careers, complete the online enquiry form below.