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    Wink Newbie

    Hi All,

    Just joined the site today so im Brand New (Please be Gentle) and also fairly new to OHS side of things, having just completed my Cert IV last week. Keen to get involved and learn from you all and increase my knowledge along the way.

    Cheers Jayson

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    Jayson

    If you ask any questions on the Forum please indicate that you are working under WHS legislation as not all states have " harmonized ", and even if they have, their Regulations may still be slightly different.
    As I said in an earlier reply to a Member - join a local safety group - the Cert 4 is only a first step in a long but exciting journey and your local OHS managers / coordinators/ consultants / Inspectors etc guide you and also ensure that you consult as experienced workers can only assist you in this journey.

    Tracker

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    Hi all,

    I'm new to the whole OHS arena too.

    Am keen on getting formal qualifications.

    Dumb question but, what the difference between OHS vs HSE?

    Looking at job postings from SEEK, it seems like it's two different roles?

    Please advise

    Thanks!
    Zetts

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    Zetts

    an easy one - OHS is Occupational Health and Safety and HSE is Health, Safety and Environment.

    Don't get confused by an acronym but look at the contex of what it is being used for - if it is an advertised position look at the PD to see the scope of work expected of an applicant.

    For instance OHS can include an R for Rehabilitation - this would usually require some experience/ qualifications in return to work matters.

    Tracker

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    So do HSE and OHS require you to have different qualifications? I know the Cert IV OHS is the entry point into the OHS field, so does HSE have an equivalent course?

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    Quote Originally Posted by randomwally View Post
    So do HSE and OHS require you to have different qualifications? I know the Cert IV OHS is the entry point into the OHS field, so does HSE have an equivalent course?

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    I am no expert in Training courses but OHS & Enviroment are different fields - it's just that they do cross over at times such as in some training courses provided for Management Systems auditing as they can cover ISO 14001 and AS 4801 in the one course.

    Many employers ask the OHS Coordinator to take on the enviroment role as well, and even return to work, with little or no training before they start - training requirements are worked out later.

    You should check with your local TAFE re VET courses or look up http://www.myskills.gov.au/

    Tracker

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    Hi All ,
    New to Forum and OHS In Australia.
    I have worked in PNG in Seismic exploration , the UK in Manufacturing/Printing and in South Africa as a Emergency Response Medic ALS , I am Currently working as a Safety Manager in a Construction firm based in Perth WA.

    I am new to construction and Perth and was wondering if anyone has any tips or what to avoid/big No No's .

    Thank you in advance
    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by GinJa View Post
    Hi All ,
    New to Forum and OHS In Australia.
    I have worked in PNG in Seismic exploration , the UK in Manufacturing/Printing and in South Africa as a Emergency Response Medic ALS , I am Currently working as a Safety Manager in a Construction firm based in Perth WA.

    I am new to construction and Perth and was wondering if anyone has any tips or what to avoid/big No No's .

    Thank you in advance
    Mark

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    Great to see new people joining or interested in joinging the rewarding world of OHS/WHS!

    In my experience, you can gain employment as a HSE professional through your typical OHS/WHS courses, those courses being Cert IV, Diploma, and AdvDip in OHS/WHS.

    But Tracker is correct, it's all about the context of the position advertised! A particular position might be heavily focused on the Environmental factor and require an Environmental Science degree.

    Other qualifications you might want to look at are Cert IV TAE (Training and Assessing), Worker's Compensation and Injury management for Coordinator's, Internal and Lead Auditor's courses and incident investigation courses (ICAM).

    I recently went through a two year period of facilitating a career change, moving into OHS/WHS/Training and I completely understand a newbie's bewilderment at the early stages!

    GinJa, if you are new to the construction industry, you will need a White Card (assuming you don't have one already!) and as it so happens we offer this course online.
    http://www.fluro.com.au

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