Safety Consultant discussing health and safetyA successful safety consultant should possess a wide range of qualifications, including a degree or certification in safety management, knowledge of safety regulations and procedures, communication skills, problem-solving skills, organisational skills and interpersonal skills. With the right qualifications and skills, a safety consultant can be an invaluable asset to any organisation in helping to ensure a safe work environment.

Specific Safety Consultant skills and experience

A Safety Consultant is recognised as a professional by the Australian Health and Safety Institute (AIHS). Any Safety Consultant being utilised to provide assist and with improving health and safety in a business should be at least certified to the Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS). The levels for a certified safety consultant considered to provide advice on health and safety are,

  • Practitioner (COHSPrac) – Implement strategies and actions usually designed by an OHS Professional. They support a safe working environment by maintaining OHS administrative processes, conducting basic training and using a range of state-of-the-art tools, processes and standard practice solutions to OHS risks and their management, particularly aimed at routine and well-known processes and work.
  • Professional (COHSProf) – Design strategies relating to the organisation and management of OHS within the wider context of business processes and the external regulatory, market and societal influences. They are influential and involved in problem solving and organisational review and change as advisers and consultants.
  • Chartered Professional (ChOHSP) – Building on the role of the OHS Profession, the Chartered Professional is a person with high level specialist skills in a specific area and/or high-level strategic skills. They are likely to be a designer of strategy and influential with senior management and/or policy makers.

Note: Additional information on the roles is available at AIHS

Additional recognition required for a safety consultant relates to the Safety Auditing skills should be considered when utilising this person to perform safety management system audits in the business. Exemplar Global an internationally recognised certification body considered the leader in certification for Auditors. Formerly known as RABQSA, Exemplar Global has over 30 years of building certification programs. They have a proven history developing auditors through their internationally recognised training programs and support.

A properly qualified and certified safety consultant can provide advice and guidance on health and safety issues in the workplace that has been backed up with an oversight of these types of certification companies. They are responsible for helping organisations create and maintain a safe working environment for their employees. The Safety Consultant just have a variety of skills, qualifications, expertise, and experience, which are essential for success in their role.

The variety of skills, qualifications, expertise, and experience, which are essential for a Safety Consultant to be successful in their role, include:

  1. Knowledge of the Model Health and Safety legislation managed by Safe Work Australia and the related health and safety material: must be knowledgeable about relevant health and safety legislation for each state and territory. They should be able to (at least) state the applicable Act/Regulation, Australian Standards and any related material that provides guidance on the legislative compliance. This knowledge can be obtained through formal education, experience in the field, or both.
  2. Ability to Analyse Risk: must be able to identify potential risks in the workplace and develop strategies to mitigate them. This includes being able to evaluate the severity of risks, recognise hazards, and develop control measures where needed.
  3. Knowledge of Risk Assessment: must be able to conduct risk assessments and produce reports that outline the risks and appropriate risk control measures.
  4. Strong Communication Skills: must be able to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including management, employees, and regulatory bodies. This includes being able to explain complex safety issues in a clear and concise manner.
  5. Ability to Develop and Implement Safety Plans: must be able to develop and implement safety plans that are tailored to the needs of the organisation. This includes creating training materials, safety policies and procedures, and conducting safety audits.
  6. Experience in Safety Training: must be experienced in delivering safety training to employees. This includes being able to identify training needs, develop suitable training materials, and facilitate effective training sessions. Having knowledge of the AQTF and update TAE qualifications will greatly assist in this aspect.
  7. Knowledge of Emergency Response Plans: must be aware of how to respond to emergency situations and be able to develop emergency response plans.
  8. Ability to Conduct Investigations: must be able to investigate incidents and accidents, identify root causes, and develop preventative measures that are reasonably practicable.

The qualifications required to be a successful safety consultant vary depending on the industry and organisation. Most employers will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in safety management or a related field. Those with experience in a related field, such as health and safety or fire safety, may also be considered. Other qualifications may include certifications in safety management, such as a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) or a Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM).

In addition to a degree or certification, a safety consultant should possess a wide range of knowledge and skills. They should have an in-depth understanding of safety regulations and procedures, as well as an understanding of the relevant industry. They should also be knowledgeable about risk assessment and hazard identification, as well as how to develop and implement safety plans. The Safety Consultant can assist with processes designed to Monitor the Safety Systems in the organisation to ensure that they remain effective.

Organisations should have a Safety Management System to assist in ensuring risks such as these to not eventuate or are kept low. We have more information on the Safety Management System we support (Safety Directtm) and the various function it can perform for your organisation.

Overall, Safety Consultants must possess a wide range of skills, qualifications, expertise, and experience to be successful in their role. They must have a strong understanding of health and safety regulations, be able to identify and analyse risk, have excellent communication skills, be experienced in delivering training, and can develop and implement safety plans. Our Safety Consultants can also support you in driving safety through efficient safety monitoring systems that will assist in keeping your workplace safe and compliant.

Additionally, they must be able to conduct investigations and develop emergency response plans. Those who possess these skills and experience can successfully provide advice and guidance on health and safety in the workplace.

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