The Department made a policy decision to retain Workplace Health and Safety Officer (WHSOs) which came into effect as of 1 January 2012. Retaining WHSOs provides continuity for our workplaces and recognises the important role the WHSO fulfils in supporting managers to improve their health, safety and well-being practice. Department procedure requires all workplaces with 30 or more workers to appoint a WHSO.
The role of a WHSO is to assist the Principal, Managers and/or management team by providing advice on the overall state of health and safety at the workplace. The WHSO can be a valuable member of the management team; for this reason it is important to choose the right person for the job.
DETE is awaiting the release of a new WHSO course which is anticipated in late 2012. It is recommended that DETE staff attend this course when released. Further information on these courses will be provided as soon as possible at Courses and Training. You can also contact your local Health and Safety Consultant for further updates.
Staff seeking a future leadership role will benefit from the knowledge attained; the emphasis on leadership in relation to workplace health and safety and the influencing skills developed performing the role. It is important to nominate the right person for the job.
A competent, well-informed WHSO can provide invaluable support to their Principal or Manager and make a significant contribution to the successful management of the school or workplace. Being a WHSO has little to do with looking at cracks in the concrete, it is about setting up health and safety systems and improving the attitude of staff towards health and safety.
The ideal person for the job will:
Contact Health and Safety Consultant for more information.
This page was last reviewed on 08 Nov 2012