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Health and Safety Advisor - HSA (previously WHSO)

Queensland state government departments have retained trained safety advisors under the policy engaging trained safety advisors to meet due diligence requirements in government (PDF, 68KB) Adobe PDF document External Link.

The Health and Safety Advisor procedure requires all schools/workplaces with 30 or more employees to appoint a Health and Safety Advisor (HSA).

The role of the HSA is to assist the Principal, Managers and/or management team by providing advice on health and safety at the workplace. The HSA can be a valuable member of the management team and it is important to choose the right person for the job.

Health and Safety Management and the Role of the HSA

Appoint a Health and Safety Advisor (HSA)

This is recommended for all schools/workplaces and is a requirement for all workplaces with 30 or more employees.

Have active membership of the school/workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee

In small schools/workplaces where a committee cannot be formed, there may be another forum that is used to discuss health and safety issues e.g. a standing agenda item in the regular staff meeting.

Coordinate and collate the Annual Safety Assessment (ASA)

This is recommended for all schools/workplaces and is a requirement for all workplaces with 30 or more employees.

Establish local arrangements to gain support and advice

Liaise with existing school cluster groups and neighbouring schools with expertise including HSAs.

Attend local health and safety network meetings

This can include other professional development opportunities hosted in the region. Regional Senior Health and Safety Consultant coordinate many of these meetings.

Departmental procedures and guidelines

Health and Safety Advisors External Link


Information for OICs and HSAs Adobe PDF document238K

Shared Health and Safety Advisor agreement Adobe PDF document143K


Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) provide Health and Safety Advisor Training.

The qualification for a Health and Safety Advisor is:

Staff with health and safety qualifications or experience may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or to undertake a bridging course to meet the minimum qualification. Assessments of eligibility will be determined by RTOs.

Refresher training

Currency of skills and knowledge is to be maintained through the completion of refresher training every 5 years. For example:

Contact Regional Senior Health and Safety Consultant for more information.

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This page was last reviewed on 03 May 2018

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