Workplace Health and Safety Officer Training - WHSO

Workplace Health and Safety Officer Training - WHSO

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Workplace Health and Safety Officer Training - WHSO


Queensland - Workplace Health and Safety Officer Training - WHSO

The Queensland Government’s Workplace Health and Safety Officer (WHSO) Training forms part of a renewed commitment under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011 to reduce the serious economic and social impact on individuals, businesses and the Australian community of work-related incidents.

WorkSafe Connect has been providing WHS related training for over 15 years and is an approved provider of Workplace Health and Safety Officer Training on behalf of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

WHSO training is focused on providing participants with the information and skills that will assist WHSOs to carry out their role and functions under the WHS legislation including:

  • An understanding of the WHS legislation;
  • An understanding of how it applies to their role; and
  • The knowledge and skills necessary assist employers to meet their obligations under the WHS legislation.

From the 1 July 2018, a person appointed as a WHSO by a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) is required to undertake this training and receive a Certificate of Authority issued on behalf of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland or have an equivalent qualification.

Reviews and testimonials

Dan was great, drew on his experiences, told real world stories and kept it interesting and moving along. Very enjoyable and gained great insights to WHSO role.
Jonathan R, Brisbane

Great Course. Dan went into detail with a broad range of topics, and somehow managed to keep us all engaged. He included visuals, story telling and physical activities to keep the content interesting. Would recommend. Thank you.
Caroline T, Brisbane

Dan was great, knowledgeable and friendly. Worked with the group to demonstrate relevant university references. All WorkSafe Connect staff were friendly and helpful.
Mark W, Brisbane

Course Details

WorkSafe Connect offers WHSO training face to face at our training facilities in Brisbane and Townsville or alternatively onsite at clients’ workplace.

The course comprises core and elective competencies and is structured as follows:

Core Competencies (5 days – Mandatory)

Day 1

  • Overview of the WHS legislative framework
  • Duties of various parties and key terminology
  • The role of WHSQ
  • Penalties for non-compliance

Days 2-4

  • Managing hazards and risks in the workplace

Day 5

  • Emergency procedures
  • Auditing and planning
  • Investigating workplace incidents

Elective Competency – 1 Elective to be chosen (1-3 days – Mandatory)

  • Service Industry Elective (1 day)
  • Industrial Industry Elective (2 days)
  • Construction Industry Elective (3 days)

The elective competencies are based on industry needs for participants and if you have any questions regarding which elective competencies outlined above would be most suitable then please contact WorkSafe Connect for further information.

Students will be supported throughout the program by our authorised trainers, learning materials, telephone and email support.

Training will be conducted by one of our WHSQ authorised and experienced trainer assessors who have WHS industry currency, strong knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and industry standards.

This course is competency based and has both theory and practical assessment components. Due to the amount of content some modules are only delivered as a teaching component while other modules will include an accompanying assessment.

All assessments in this course are open book and students will have access to all learning materials such as legislation, codes of practice and student notes.

WorkSafe Connect is able to offer this course

  • Face to Face – Public Courses (Brisbane and Townsville)
  • Face to Face – Onsite (at your site / workplace)

If you would like to discuss delivery options in more detail, then please get in contact with us and we would be more than happy to discuss your requirements and options in more detail.

Successful participants will receive a Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Health and Safety Representative Certificate of Authority.

This certificate is issued by WorkSafe Connect (RTO 31385) in our capacity as an approved provider of this course on behalf of the Queensland Government (Workplace Health and Safety Queensland).

A certificate of authority expires five (5) years after the day the certificate is granted.

If you have any questions regarding which Workplace Health and Safety course is most suitable for you then please get in touch with a member of the WorkSafe Connect team today.

Frequently Asked Questions

As a WHSO, your functions are to:

  • notify the PCBU about work health and safety matters
  • identify hazards and risks to health and safety arising from the work
  • report in writing to the PCBU any hazards and risks identified arising from the work
  • immediately notify the PCBU about:
    • any incident the WHSO is aware has occurred at the business or undertaking; or
    • any immediate or imminent risk to health and safety at the business or undertaking
  • investigate, or assist in the investigation of, any incidents that occurred at the business or undertaking
  • accompany and assist an inspector during an inspection of the business or undertaking
  • establish educational and training programs on matters relating to work health and safety.

As a WHSO, you must assess risks arising from work carried out as part of the business or undertaking at least every 12 months and provide an assessment report to your PCBU.

The report must include any identified risks to health and safety and recommendations about managing these risks.

Work Health & Safety Officers are responsible for ensuring the safe and compliant operation of an organisation.

They implement defined Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) strategies which identify hazards, assess risks to health and safety, and use state-of-the-art tools and techniques to avoid accidents and injuries.