1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/1997   
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2543-11 Occupational Health and Safety Officer

Develops, implements and evaluates policies and programs to ensure safe and healthy working conditions, and assists injured staff through the workers' compensation and rehabilitation process.

Skill Level:

The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • develops strategies and procedures to promote safe work practices
  • recommends job redesign strategies and procedures in the event of work-related health problems
  • develops fire and accident prevention procedures, and coordinates evacuation drills
  • promotes the use of ergonomic furniture and equipment to minimise exposure to work-related injuries
  • inspects and assesses industrial machinery and equipment and chemical hazards, arranging repair or replacement as needed
  • organises training for members of occupational health and safety committees, fire wardens and first aid officers, and coordinates health and safety education programs
  • liaises with health professionals to incorporate expert advice into accident prevention, health promotion and rehabilitation practices
  • investigates causes of accidents and recommends actions to reduce risk of recurrence
  • maintains accident statistics and fulfills workers' compensation reporting requirements
  • advises and assists injured staff on recuperative and rehabilitation activities

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