Occupational health and safety aims at reducing the risk of injury or illness in an occupational setting. Traditionally, employers and safety officers have had the approach of fixing problems as soon as they become apparent. Today, there is emphasis placed on the prevention of OH&S problems through training, policy making, managing human resources and implementing uniform safety standards.
Whether you have completed studying, are currently studying, or are merely inquiring about OHS/WHS, the following outlines career options available to occupational health and safety trained students.
Career Pathways after OHS Training
- Ergonomists: Design equipment and systems for use by human operators. Work is in research and consultancy, business or industry appointments are available in large companies who focus on ergonomics.
- Industrial Safety Officers: Monitor OHS performance in industrial environments such as factories, warehouses and shipping yards.
- OHS Managers: Usually have experience in one area of OHS. Work for managers is usually available in policy formation within government departments associated with OHS. Positions may also be found as part of a team within large corporations.
- OHS Officers: Safety officers usually work for government departments or statutory authorities and report the occupational health and safety performance of businesses or organisations. They may be employed by businesses to design and implement OHS strategies.
Valued Personal Attributes of OHS Professionals
- Responsible approach to the needs of others;
- Ability to be firm but impartial in the decision making process;
- Initiative and resourcefulness;
- Good communication skills;
- Tact and courtesy, particularly towards hostile people;
- Ability to work individually or as part of a team.
Where to find OHS Training
There is an increasing demand for OHS trained professionals, particularly those with specialised qualifications.
Inspire Education offers education and training courses of both the Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety as well as the Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety. See our complete range of OHS and WHS courses to find the one that suits you.
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