Safety Inspector

Safety Inspectors are responsible for ensuring on the job safety and health. They make sure that public places, as well as equipment used by facilities, are in complete compliance with government regulations. Additionally, safety inspectors look at working conditions that staff members encounter on a day-to-day basis. Their role includes conducting various tests and looking at potential hazards that could negatively impact workers, the environment, or the public.

Duties and tasks

  • Ensuring that workers utilise the proper protective gear
  • Handling safety meetings and campaigns as well as accompanying training
  • Inspect fire prevention equipment and safety supplies to make sure that they are up to standards
  • Looking at why any accidents and/or fatalities took place and, if necessary, collecting evidence of non-compliance with legislation
  • Making sure that hazardous materials are stored in compliance with guidelines
  • Offering advice to companies about how to meet national occupational requirements
  • Understanding national safety standards and industry standards and inspecting machines, equipment, work sites, factories and clothing with these standards in mind
  • Working to detect potential hazards, such as toxic fumes and explosive compounds

Skills required

  • Ability to convey information effectively through speaking and writing
  • Critical thinking and strong problem solving abilities
  • Excellent reading comprehension skills
  • Good active listening skills
  • Understanding of Health and Safety Regulations

Working conditions

Safety inspectors work in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings including factories, hospitals, offices, and coalmines. They can expect to travel quite a bit to various sites to conduct their job. These individuals may be exposed to dangerous and strenuous conditions. It is essential that Safety Inspectors properly use precautionary equipment like gloves and helmets.

Professional associations / Industry information

National Safety Council of Australia 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Building Surveyor
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Industrial Relations Officer
  • Local Government Inspector
  • Occupational Health and Safety Officer
  • Quality Assurance Inspector
    Training Officer