Health and safety are crucial on job sites. Every year there are fatalities and injuries across all areas of Australian industry. In 2021 there were 194 fatalities in total. There were also 120,355 serious workers’ compensation claims over the same period, with costs running into millions. There was an estimated 4 million workplace leading to various severities branding to pain and injury and time off work.
Despite these alarming figures, the Australian workplace is becoming safer. The overall rate of death and injury has decreased by around 25% over the past ten years, which is great news! Although the fact that people still are becoming injured and killed at work never causes celebration.
The encouraging changes to workplace statistics are primarily due to a shift in workplace culture. Workplace health and safety have become far more critical to the daily operation of work and today is a significant factor in any industry’s organisation.
Whereas once there was often a negligent attitude towards using safety equipment, these days, workers expect to be kept safe by correct working practices & safety equipment and will likely refuse to work if these are not in place.
Workplace health and safety is a rapidly growing industry in Australia. So if you are looking for a new and rewarding career that helps people stay safe, taking a workplace health and safety course may be the opportunity you are looking for. And the good news is that if you have recently left the armed services or emergency services, you have the necessary skills, experience, and experience for this role.
If this is the case, you can apply via Recognition of Public Learning (RPL), so you won’t need to waste time learning what you already know.
Certificate III in work health and safety broadens your understanding of Health and Safety regulations, hazard prevention & control and how to prevent potential emergencies.
Certificate IV in work health and safety is suitable for individuals who wish to be more supervisory. Available jobs include Work Health and Safety Officer or Coordinator and could be a good choice for people with relevant experience and those who have undertaken the introductory certificate III course.
You can also study for a WHS diploma, which will help you learn how to implement safety policies for larger companies and covers everything an organisation needs to operate safely. From the introduction of ergonomic chairs to minimise strain injuries in the office to the transportation and storage of hazardous chemicals, it’s all covered in this course.
Health and Safety in the Workplace are of paramount importance to everyone. Cutting corners on safety is morally wrong as well as expensive for employers. Remember that each minor workplace accident costs money in compensation, sick pay and time off work. So, when you work in this field, you impact people’s lives and help your organisation run more efficiently and smoothly, benefiting everyone.