OHS occupational health & safety science

OHS qualifications care are available at vocational and tertiary education level.  More non-OHS subject areas, here :

Vocational qualifications

… are available at TAFE organisation and private registered training organisations. These include Certificate IV in OHS, Diploma in OHS and Advanced Diploma.

Results for these qualifications are established by nationally endorsed skills but the training provider is responsible for structuring the learning program, the learning materials and the delivery of the learning. The training providers are audited by the state training authority against standards set by the Australian Quality Training Framework which covered administrative and quality processes.


Tertiary education qualifications

… can be taken at universities and include bachelor degree, grad certificate, graduate diploma, master by course work or by research and doctor or philosophy or professional doctorates. Such programs are developed according to each university’s internal procedures. The home facility for OHS programs varies with different universities and includes faculties of science, engineering and health.

Occupational Health & Safety courses at postgrad  certificate & diploma, undergrad bachelor degree level offered at universities in Australia  are listed below.

  • What does an OHS professional do ?
  • Where may I study for good OHS qualification or Safety Science ?
  • What can I do with a degree in Safety Science ?
  • Australian workplace safety legislation stipulates employers with more than 100 employees are required to employ an OHS officer to oversee and maintain compliance of OHS policies determined by WorkCover Department.
  • Safety Science studies refers to OHS: Occupational Health and Safety, WorkPlace safety, Risk Management & Hazard prevention
  • An OHS officer’s duty is to assess safety at work places, and then recommend, implement and enforce safety policies to ensure good and safe working place. OHS legislation is designed to hold employers and employees accountable to maintaining a safe workplace for everyone by ensuring safety procedures and policies are maintained, complied and reported. A Bachelor, Master university degree, Diploma or Grad Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety provides relevant qualifications leading to employment opportunities in the OHS and Work Place safety field.
  • TAFE institutes ( not listed here) also offer OHS courses and certifications at various levels

OH & S & Safety Science degree courses are listed below :

Victoria : VIC

  • OHS related courses at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology : RMIT
  • Monash University : Graduate Diploma, Certificate in Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Occupational Health & Safety Courses at Swinburne Univ 
  • Monash Uni  : Master of Occupational and Environmental Health

New South Wales: NSW

  • School of Risk and Safety Sciences :  UNSW
  • Bachelor, Master or Graduate Certificate – Occupational Health and Safety courses at University of Wollongong
  • Occupational Health and Safety  and Occupational Therapy at Newcastle Uni 

Western Australia : WA

Queensland: QLD:

South Australia: SA

Typical job activities

  • promote ergonomic practice at workplaces such as ergonomic office furniture, equipment and work activities
  • prepare and implement plans and strategies for safe, economic and appropriate disposal of commercial, industrial, medical and household wastes
  • identify hazards and assess and control risks at workplace
  • develop, implement and monitor programs minimising workplace and environmental pollution involving chemical and physical hazards
  • provide advice and enforce legislation, implementing prevention programs and strategies for communicable diseases, food safety, waste water treatment and disposal systems, recreation and domestic water quality, contaminated and hazardous substances
  • develop, implement and review environmental health management plans and OHS policies
  • inspect and audit workplaces, processes, plant, and chemical and physical hazards for legislative compliance
  • train employees in personal protective equipment and safe working procedures
  • record and investigate injuries and equipment damage, and reporting safety performance
  • coordinate rejoining of injured workers into the workplace
  • More info available at : Safety Institute Australia
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4 thoughts on “OHS occupational health & safety science

  1. Good Morning.
    My name is Mr Adrian Dunn.I am 39 years old and currently working as a Security Officer alongside Emergency Service Officers, Medics and Nurses within our FIFO team, working in central WA.
    I have undertaken to investigate the best study path for a man of my age towards moving into OH&S as I wish to invest my time in studies that would be professionaly recognised and highly regarded.
    I have seen many small institutions which offer Cert 4 and other modules but i wish to find the best on offer with the view to studying p/t for a Degree whilst continuing my work.
    Any advice, information or contacts to explore my best study options would be immensely appreciated.
    Thankyou for your time.
    Mr Adrian Dunn

  2. Good to hear that Australia have such excellent Schools that presented OHS courses. I am in my final year studying Safety Management via Unisa. Can somebody tell me if I can continue my studies in Australia should I want to work there?
    Thank you.
    Daniel Charles

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