Occupational health & safety professional

Assess and improve workplace health and safety.

Duties and tasks

  • Collects samples of hazardous materials
  • Conducts audits at hazardous waste sites and participates in investigations
  • Conducts safety classes and educational programs, such as "right-to-know" programs
  • Develops and implements occupational and environmental management plans
  • Investigates the adequacy of exhaust equipment, lighting, temperature, etc. that could affect an employees health or work performance
  • Maintains and updates emergency response plans
  • Records and investigates injuries and malfunctioning equipment to identify causes and to determine how such accidents can be prevented in the future

Skills required

  • Background in chemistry, biology, physics and math
  • Good with detailed work
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Strong communicator
  • Training in occupational health, safety or related field

Working conditions

Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals work in a variety of environments, thus the person must be willing to travel. Many Occupational & Environmental Health Professionals work long and irregular hours and may be employed in the public or private sector.

Professional associations / Industry information

Environmental Health Association (Australia) 

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia Inc

Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP) 

National Safety Council of Australia 

Your Environmental Health Gateway 

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