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Health and Safety Advisor - HSA (previously WHSO)

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 title of the role has changed from WHSO to Health and Safety Advisor (HSA). The HSA supports managers to improve their health, safety and well-being practice. Department procedure requires all workplaces with 30 or more workers to appoint a HSA.

The role of a HSA 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 HSA can be a valuable member of the management team; for this reason it is important to choose the right person for the job.

Health and Safety Management and the Role of the HSA

  1. Appoint a Health and Safety Advisor (HSA). This is recommended for all larger workplaces and is a requirement for all workplaces with 30 or more workers.
  1. Have an active Workplace Health and Safety Committee* ensuring that:
  1. Complete the Annual Safety Assessment (recommended for all workplaces and required for schools and workplaces with more than 30 workers) to monitor the status of health and safety at the workplace:
  1. Establish local arrangements to gain support and advice including liaising with:
  1. Attend local health and safety network meetings and other professional development opportunities hosted in the region:

Contact a Health and Safety Consultant for more information.

Departmental procedures and guidelines

Health and Safety Advisors External Link


Information for OICs and HSAs Adobe PDF document190K


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 Registered Training Organisations.

Refresher training

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

Contact Health and Safety Consultant for more information.

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This page was last reviewed on 22 Jan 2014

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