WORK HEALTH & SAFETY OFFICER TRAINING

GENERAL FUNCTIONS OF A WHSO

Under the provisions in the amendment Act, the functions of a WHSO are to:

  • notify the PCBU about work health and safety matters
  • identify hazards and risks to health and safety arising from the work
  • report in writing to the PCBU any hazards and risks identified arising from the work
  • immediately notify the PCBU about —
    • any incident the WHSO is aware has occurred at the business or undertaking; or
    • any immediate or imminent risk to health and safety at the business or undertaking
  • investigate, or assist in the investigation of, any incidents that occurred at the business or undertaking
  • accompany and assist an inspector during an inspection of the business or  undertaking
  • establish educational and training programs on matters relating to work health and safety.

A PCBU may appoint themselves as a WHSO. In this circumstance, the general functions of a WHSO are to:

  • investigate, or assist in the investigation of, any incidents that occurred
  • accompany and assist an inspector during an inspection of the business or undertaking
  • establish educational and training programs on matters relating to work health and safety.

A PCBU can appoint a person as a WHSO only if the person has a certificate of authority for appointment as a WHSO.

ASSESSMENT FUNCTIONS OF A WHSO

The WHSO must also assess the risks arising from work carried out as part of the business or undertaking at least every 12 months, and provide an assessment report to the PCBU.

The report must include any identified risks to health and safety, and recommendations about managing these risks.

If there is a health and safety committee at the workplace, the committee:

  • must also be given the assessment report, and
  • may negotiate with the WHSO about when to conduct this assessment, and
  • may also approve a work health and safety criteria for the assessment that the WHSO must comply with.

WHAT IS THE APPROVED TRAINING FOR WHSO CERTIFICATION?

An approved work health and safety officer course is:

  • Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41415)

Holders of equivalent or higher level tertiary qualifications may also be eligible for WHSO certification.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) is also developing a specific training course for WHSO certification. Once this course has been finalised, it will become an approved work health and safety officer course. Registered training organisations (RTOs) will be authorised by WHSQ to deliver this training and issue certificates of authority to persons who successfully complete the course.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A WHSO CERTIFICATE FROM WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY QUEENSLAND?

From 1 July 2018, holders of a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41415) can apply for a certificate of authority from Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ). This could also include holders of equivalent or higher level tertiary qualifications. Applicants must email a certified copy of evidence of their identity and their statement of attainment/qualification to whstraining@oir.qld.gov.au.

Once the specific WHSO training course is finalised by WHSQ, Registered training organisations (RTOs) will be able to deliver the training and issue certificates of authority to persons who successfully complete the course.

Safetywave RTO #31283 is currently awaiting authority to train the WHSO training and course dates will appear in the online booking calendar as soon as approved. If you have any further questions please contact the office 1300 662 156

 

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