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How to become a Health and Safety Advisor

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How to become a Health and Safety Advisor

You may have seen jobs being advertised for a Health and Safety Advisor and wondered what exactly is this? And why are there so many jobs going in this area?

The boom in this area of employment is partially due to the Health and Safety Advisor procedure which dictates all schools and workplaces with a staff of 30 people or over are required to have a Health and Safety Advisor.

What do they do

A Health and Safety Advisor or HSA is responsible for assisting the principle/manager or management team, providing advice and expertise on health and safety in work or school environment. The HSA is also responsible for coordinating and collating the Annual Safety Assessment and associated action plan.

What do you need to be a good Health and Safety Advisor?

To become a Health and Safety Advisor you have to complete a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, but you also need a few skills such as good organisational and problem-solving skills.

HSAs need to be good at planning and collating and be able to think on their feet because they are responsible for tasks such as coordinating the Annual Safety Assessment and advising on work health and safety issues in the workplace.

They have to be detail-oriented and highly motivated because they will be required to assist in the creation of work health and safety policies and procedures. And, they need to be good communicators because they have deal with staff at all levels and be approachable while holding a position of authority.

What are the qualifications

To become a Health and Safety Advisor you have to complete the Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety. This course covers:

  • Australian standards, regulations and legislations
  • Risk assessment and hazard control
  • Work Health and Safety consultation and participation processes
  • Assisting in incident investigation
  • Managing claims
  • Implementing rehabilitation and much more.

How long does the course take

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety course is delivered through self-paced, trainer supported online study and you have up to 12 months to complete the course. You can complete the course from anywhere in Australia as it is nationally recognised and completed through remote online learning, so you can start anytime and study anywhere.

Why is the certificate Important

Health and Safety Advisors perform an important role in companies and schools to manage risk and ensure protocol and procedures are followed for best practice. It is job that is about helping keep people safe. Completing the course gives you all the tools you need to do this job effectively and it is a requirement of the role.

Why become a Health and Safety Advisor

Completing this training and going for roles as a Health and Safety Advisor shows a dedication to the field of work health and safety and gives you the opportunity to help people.

The Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety is also a course with higher employment outcomes because the position is a requirement in any workplace or school with 30 employees or more, making it a safer bet for future employment opportunities and this role gives you leadership experience which you can take into any organisation.

If you’re interested in finding out more about getting into the health and safety sector, you can check out our courses here, or have a chat with one our friendly course advisors today.

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