Health and Safety Advisor (formerly known as Workplace Health and Safety Officer)
A person who is appointed as a Health and Safety Advisor (HSA) by the Principal/Manager and has completed approved training approved by the Department of Education, Training and Employment. A Principal/Manager may themselves be a HSA for the workplace.
The qualification for a Health and Safety Advisor is:
- 10312NAT – Functioning as a Work Health and Safety Adviser Course OR
- BSB41412 - Certificate IV - Work Health and Safety (WHS) OR
- BSB41407 - Certificate IV – Occupational Health and Safety (with evidence of knowledge of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and associated legislation)
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.
Currency of skills and knowledge is to be maintained through the completion of refresher training every 5 years. For example;
- Recertification / Refresher courses - established by Registered Training Organisations (RTO) or
- Other courses or programs recognised by Office of Safe Work Queensland (Workplace Health and Safety Queensland)
Principal/Managers (Principals, Institute Directors, Regional Directors, Directors)
A person who has the authority for the management of a departmental workplace, e.g. school principals, TAFE institute directors and managers, and the responsibility for, and decision making authority at, a workplace for a range of issues, such as supervision of staff, budget expenditure, facilities management.
Shared Health and Safety Advisor Agreement
The sharing of a Health and Safety Advisor between two or more DETE workplaces where all elements of the HSA role can be fulfilled at all participating sites. A written agreement between the participating workplaces must be put in place.
30 or more staff
30 or more workers normally employed at the workplace means, during the current year, at least 30 workers are employed, or are likely to be employed, for a total of any 40 days during the year.
To calculate the ‘30 workers or more’:
- 30 workers do not have to be employed at the workplace every day
- the workers do not have to work full days for the 40 days
- itinerant workers and regular volunteers are included.
Workers for the purpose of this procedure are persons who carry out work for DETE including:
- full time, part time, casual and temporary employees
- apprentices, trainees and pre-service teachers
- students gaining work experience
- paid or unpaid staff in tuckshops, canteens, uniform or book shops and security stations.