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Careers in Work Health and Safety

Identify potential hazards and educate employees in proper safety with a career in workplace health and safety. Check out this guide to learn how to qualify.

Careers in Work Health and Safety

Workplace Health and Safety is essential for the health and wellbeing of all employees across a wide range of industries. Pursuing a career in Work Health and Safety will put you at the forefront of creating a happy and healthy workplace.

By enrolling with Foundation Education, the pathway to your new career will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to excel in your role.  

What to Expect from a Career in Work Health and Safety

When it comes to Work Health and Safety jobs, you will have the choice of deciding which industry to work in or you can pursue added responsibilities in your current job. Some of the industries you can apply your expertise and skills to include manufacturing, construction and retail.

No matter which industry you choose, your duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting safety briefings for staff

  • Providing advice on work-related health and safety risks

  • Investigate accidents at the workplace

  • Ensuring a workplace complies with safety standards and legislation

To learn more about what to expect from a career in work health and safety, check out the following blog article:

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Essential Skills for Work Health and Safety

Work Health and Safety officers observe, assess, and report on the safety performance of a workplace, and assist with developing procedures that meet safety guidelines. To be successful in doing this, they need the following skills:

  • Industry Knowledge – to work competently within different industries

  • Communication – for effectively delivering content to staff both written and verbally

  • Observation – to identify possible risks or hazards

  • Organisation – for handling relevant documentation that will educate employees

Work Health and Safety Industry Insights

While all industries must provide a duty of care to reduce risk in the workplace and protect employees from harm, some industries require it more than others. For those interested in a career in Work Health and Safety, this also means there is more room for employment.

As well as being one of the most employable industries in Australia, a report from WorkSafe revealed that the construction industry is one of the highest risk industries, comprised of the highest risk sub sectors including:

  • Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

  • Building Structure Services       

  • Land Development and Site Preparation Services

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I chose to study with Foundation Education because I could complete my studies remotely, online at my own pace, which meant that I could have a good work, life, and study balance. 

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I was offered a position as a dental assistant straight away, and it would not have been possible without my online study with Foundation Education.

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I have researched so many study options. But, in the end, I choose to study with Foundation Education because they provide me with more flexibility and support. Since I have my children, it's really hard for me to attend classes and study online means I can still pursue my education in the comfort of my home without leaving my children behind.

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Your Work Health and Safety Career Starts Here

For the full list of nationally recognised qualifications, view our work health and safety courses.

Work Health and Safety Officer

The various duties of a Work Health and Safety Officer include:

  • Providing advice regarding work-related health and safety risks

  • Ensuring employees are wearing relevant PPE (personal protective equipment)

  • Conducting weekly or monthly safety briefings for staff so they are aware of workplace hazards


BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

Human Resources Assistant

The various duties of a Human Resources Assistant include:

  • Supporting the development and implementation of HR initiatives

  • Determining staff numbers, skills and needs to meet an organisation's objectives

  • Maintaining the personal records of employees on matters such as wages, superannuation, leave and training


BSB41415 Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

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