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How can a Safety Advisor help your business remain compliant?

Release Date

27 February 2014

In 2009-10, 5.3% of workers experienced a work-related injury or illness.*

A well trained Safety Advisor can help reduce that risk and the rising costs of work-related injury or illness. A Safety Advisor does this by providing timely advice and ideas to assist the business owner to remain compliant with WHS laws.

* Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2009-2010). Work-Related Injuries, Australia 6324.0

What is the role of a Safety Advisor?

WHS legislation requires the business owner / operator to provide a safe workplace and demonstrate due diligence, in addition to conducting all the other functions of a business. The function of a Safety Advisor is to provide daily assistance to the owner / operator in order to meet this due diligence requirement.

A confident Safety Advisor is able to take the lead in many areas of safety at work. With changes in WHS legislation and regular updates to Codes of Practice, it is vital that the Safety Advisor in your business has the skills and knowledge required to assist you with maintaining safety and compliance for your business.

Monitoring a safe workplace and increasing staff engagement with work health and safety (WHS) are vital components of providing a safe work environment for all workers.

Safety Advisors are expected to have the skills to:
  • Research
  • Consult
  • Negotiate
  • Provide leadership
  • Maintain compliance with relevant WHS laws
  • Identify hazards & provide options for control measures
  • Deal with emergencies
  • Implement and monitor WHS policies
  • Conduct safety audits and risk assessments in situations that include noise, hazardous substances, and ergonomics, and must also have an awareness of dangerous goods, asbestos, and confined spaces.

Higher risk occupation groups and industries

The occupation groups with the highest rates of people who experienced a work-related injury or illness in 2009-10 were:

  • Labourers (88 per 1,000 employed people)
  • Machinery Operators and Drivers (86 per 1,000 employed people)
  • Community and Personal Service Workers (84 per 1,000 employed people)
  • Technicians and Trades Workers (78 per 1,000 employed people).*

The industries with the highest work-related injury or illness rates in 2009-10 were:

  • Accommodation and Food Services (84 per 1,000 employed people)
  • Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services (79 per 1,000 employed people)
  • Arts and Recreation Services (77 per 1,000 employed people)
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing (74 per 1,000 employed people)*

* Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2009-2010). Work-Related Injuries, Australia 6324.0

Training for Safety Advisors

Through the integration of a Safety Advisors course with the Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety (BSB41412), a high quality training program is available from Australian Business Training Solutions to existing and new Safety Advisors to ensure they have the confidence and skills needed to be effective in this key role.

The Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety qualification is delivered through the five day Module 1 course, followed by the three day Module 2 course, and is integrated with a safety advisors course. Students are able to start work immediately allowing them to improve workplace safety whilst completing the qualification.

What you’ll learn at an Australian Business Training Solutions Safety Advisors course:

Safety Advisor topics covered:

  • Noises
  • Plant / guarding
  • Signage
  • Health & Hygiene
  • Hazardous substances
  • First aid requirements for the workplace
  • Stress, bullying and harassment
  • Introduction to electrical safety, dangerous goods, asbestos and confined spaces

Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety units:

  • BSBWHS402A Assist with compliance with WHS laws
  • BSBWHS403A Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS consultation and participation process
  • BSBWHS404A Contribute to WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and risk control
  • BSBWHS405A Contribute to implementing and maintaining WHS management systems
  • BSBWHS406A Assist with responding to incidents
  • BSBWHS408A Assist with effective WHS management of contractors
  • BSBMGT405A Provide personal leadership
  • BSBWHS510A Contribute to implementing emergency procedures
  • PUAWER002B Ensure workplace emergency prevention procedures, systems and processes are implemented
  • BSBWHS401A Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
  • BSBWHS410A Contribute to work-related health and safety matters and initiatives

Book today

Our courses are available via our public schedule in Sydney, Brisbane and regional QLD, and can also be delivered in your workplace allowing you to customise aspects of the course to suit your own internal policies and procedures.

  • Safety Advisor – Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety (Module 1) – 5 days
    Non-member: $1,950, Member: $1,755
  • Safety Advisor – Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety (Module 2) – 3 days
    Non-member: $1,000, Member: $900
  • Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety (BSB41407) to Work Health & Safety (BSB41412) RPL / upgrade
    All: $250Call 1300 572 439 for more information
  • Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety – 2 day upgrade (Qualified WHSOs Qld only)
    Non-member: $500, Member: $450
Book your Safety Advisor – Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety qualification online or call us today on 1300 572 439. 

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