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Careers with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and the Electrical Safety Office

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) and the Electrical Safety Office (ESO) are government agencies responsible for work health and safety and electrical safety in Queensland. WHSQ assists employers and workers to prevent people being injured or killed at work. WHSQ also ensures that employers comply with work health and safety laws.

This involves:

  • developing health and safety management strategies
  • delivering programs to educate employers on health and safety issues
  • inspecting workplaces to identify safety hazards
  • investigating safety incidents
  • ensuring employers and workers are aware of their legal obligations
  • prosecuting those who breach work health and safety laws.

ESO is responsible for electrical safety in workplaces, homes and public places throughout Queensland. ESO works to prevent electrical fatalities and injuries, and to ensure compliance with electrical safety laws.

Inspectors, investigators and advisors from WHSQ and ESO play a vital role in ensuring people can work and live in a safe environment. They are passionate about safety and protecting the lives of Queenslanders.

Work health and safety and electrical safety are complex areas, so we employ people with different qualifications, skills and expertise. Our employees work in many roles both on the frontline, and in support services.

For example, you can work for us as:

  • a work health and safety inspector
  • an electrical safety inspector
  • a work health and safety investigator
  • an injury prevention and management advisor
  • a compliance and engagement officer
  • an industry strategy advisor
  • an administrative support officer.

We employ people with a range of qualifications, including:

  • work health and safety professionals
  • engineers
  • occupational hygienists
  • electricians
  • ergonomists
  • lawyers
  • psychologists
  • occupational therapists
  • tradespeople.

Many of our employees provide specialist advice and guidance, so we need people with experience and expertise in particular industries such as construction, transport and logistics and agriculture, or knowledge of particular topics such as asbestos, occupational health, plant design, and hazardous industries and chemicals.

Often, our employees join us after gaining experience working within an industry. For example, many of our construction inspectors have a trade qualification and have worked for construction companies. Although there are generally no mandatory requirements, some roles do require a specialist qualification. For example, our electrical safety inspectors must be licensed and qualified electricians.

When they start work for us, we provide our inspectors with training to become accredited and take on inspectorial powers under work health and safety legislation.

However, there are also TAFE and university courses you can take to develop your knowledge and skills as a health and safety professional. Work health and safety courses include:

  • Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
  • Diploma in Work Health and Safety
  • Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management
  • Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety Science
  • Master of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Master of Health, Safety and Environment.
Last updated
08 October 2018

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