Work Health and Safety Officers

Work Health and Safety Officers coordinate an organisation’s health and safety programs and provide advice on incident prevention and occupational health to all levels of management and employees. WH&S officers have a key role in implementing processes in the workplace to identify hazards, assess risks to health and safety from these hazards, and have appropriate safety controls put in place.

Work Health and Safety Officers may specialise as Ergonomists or Occupational/Industrial hygienists.


Work Health and Safety Officers may perform tasks including: 

Ergonomists investigate the design and use of equipment and systems and examine their
suitability for human operators. They may also advise on psychological factors affecting work performance.

Occupational/Industrial Hygienists identify and investigate problems of occupational/ industrial hygiene (chemical and biological) hazards in the workplace. They use scientific equipment to measure and control hazardous substances.

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Personal Requirements 

  • a mature approach when dealing with people
  • able to work individually or as part of a team
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • integrity and honesty

Education and Training 

Successful completion of a certificate, diploma or degree with a major study in Occupational Health and Safety is the minimum requirement for entry to this job.


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