Work health and safety officer
A Work Health and Safety Officer is a protector of physical and mental well-being on construction sites. They enforce safety standards, conduct inspections, and educate workers. By ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations, they create secure work environments, reducing accidents and promoting the welfare of construction industry professionals.
What does this job involve?
Conducting workplace safety inspections and assessments.
Identifying workplace hazards and risks.
Providing safety training to employees and staff.
Developing and implementing safety policies and procedures.
Investigating workplace incidents and accidents.
Ensuring compliance with safety regulations.
Documenting safety findings and incidents.
Promoting a culture of safety in the workplace.
How do I get into this career?
Start as a tradesperson or pursue a formal university education. Tradespeople can leverage their practical, on-site experience in the construction industry. After acquiring several years of experience, individuals can complement their hands-on knowledge with formal education, such as a Certificate or Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. Alternatively, those starting from a university path would typically pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety.