Policy Officer – Occupational Diseases and Hygiene Policy
Policy Officer – Occupational Diseases and Hygiene Policy
Safe Work Australia - Canberra, ACT
The Occupational Diseases and Hygiene Policy Section is a dynamic team responsible for the development of national policy relating to occupational diseases and occupational hygiene, including:
Occupational infectious diseases, including COVID-19
Occupational respiratory diseases, including silicosis and asbestosis, and
Physical hazards such as noise and vibration.
It is an exciting time to join our team, with three priority areas of work being progressed in 2021-22:
Implementation of the occupational lung diseases workplan, in particular managing regulatory reforms to reduce workplace exposure to respirable crystalline silica.
Development of national policy guidance on WHS risks due to COVID-19.
Implementation of the recommendations of the 2018 Review of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws related to asbestos.
Due to the importance of this work to our members and Ministers, we are seeking a high performing candidate at the APS 6 level. We are looking for an enthusiastic team player who not only has the requisite technical experience but also strong communication and policy development skills. Experience in project management is also highly desirable, but professional development in this area will be offered for the right candidate.
The key duties of the Policy Officer role include:
Contribute to the review of national COVID-19 guidance materials.
Contribute to a program of regulatory reforms to reduce workplace exposure to occupational respiratory hazards and the incidence of occupational respiratory diseases, such as silicosis and silica associated diseases.
Support the Agency’s senior executive and executive level staff by developing well-researched policy and advice to achieve the Agency’s strategic objectives related to occupational diseases and occupational hygiene.
Contribute to the maintenance of the national work health and safety (WHS) legislation.
Analyse complex issues and draft high-quality documents including briefs, policy papers, model Codes of Practice and guidance material.
Safe Work Australia will provide you the opportunity to be at the forefront to influence and reshape Government policy that impacts all Australians. The work we do is challenging and rewarding.
We are an inclusive workplace and people from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Positions will be filled on a full time or part time basis, depending on individual and business needs.
Safe Work Australia (SWA) is the national policy body for WHS and workers’ compensation. We are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments and work collaboratively with work health and safety regulators, industry groups and unions.
We are a small Agency of around 100 people located in Canberra and our work plays a significant role in the lives of 13.5 million working Australians and their families.
We are committed to professionalism, excellence, and collaboration. We encourage innovative thinking and the drive and skill to see those ideas implemented.
We are an engaged workplace that prides ourselves on our commitment to safety, diversity, and inclusion. We have an active Workplace Inclusion Network and social club and we participate in a range of corporate and charitable activities.
Education and experience
• A degree in science, health or a related discipline is essential.
• Qualifications in public health or occupational hygiene will be highly regarded.
• Experience in policy development will be highly regarded.
• Experience working for a WHS or natural resources inspectorate will also be highly regarded.
Under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be engaged in the APS unless the Agency delegate has agreed in writing. Applicants are to indicate their citizenship when applying. Successful candidates will be required to undergo a Baseline Security Clearance and National Police Check.
How to apply
Our website provides guidance to assist you through the application and selection process.
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• a completed application coversheet
• a resume outlining your career history and qualifications
• a pitch (no more than 1 page) telling us how your skills, knowledge, experience, and qualifications make you the best person for the job. Please indicate which level/s you are applying for.
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Following the selection process, suitable applicants may be placed in a merit pool which can be used to fill similar roles within 12 months of the vacancy being notified in the gazette.
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The Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (the AIOH) is the peak organisation representing professional's working in occupational hygiene in Australia. A not-for-profit organisation, the overall objective of the AIOH is to use science and engineering to prevent ill health caused by the environment in which people work. The purpose of this role is to effectively and efficiently manage AIOH operations, which support the overall strategic direction of the AIOH.
Qualifications & experience
Financial fluency including the proven ability to work to budgets.
Experience in the application of and compliance with, quality based business management systems including document control. Knowledge of business systems including financial, HR, CRM, etc.
A minimum of five years proven experience working with small to medium business or a Degree in Business Management or equivalent.
Experience managing and leading teams to ensure successful service delivery.
Proven record of implementing and supporting compliance with business systems.
The ability to lead a team whilst still taking a hands-on approach to the timely delivery of services.
Ideally have worked in the not-for-profit sector before and have supported members and volunteers within this sector.
Tasks & responsibilities
Implementation of sound business policies and strong governance reporting including financial management within defined budgets and policies under the direction of Council.
Effective management of AIOH operations to support the Strategic objectives set by Council.
Assisting Council in the co-ordination of projects associated with AIOH committees and external parties.
Working with government departments, agencies and other bodies, this role leads projects under the direction or guidance of Council.
Supporting the planning and coordination of activities relating to the representation and promotion of the Institute.
Management of a team of three, ensuring the efficient running of the AIOH office.
This is a flexible role which may be undertaken on a part-time contract basis, dependant on the candidates skills and experience.
If this sounds like the ideal role for you, please APPLY NOW by uploading your current CV. If you would like more information about this role please email PresidentElect@aioh.org.au
Applications close at 5pm on September 15th 2021.
Occupational Hygienist Consultant Roles
Our Occupational Hygienists supported by COHs deliver experience in assessments and investigations across Australia for a range of industries and Clients, providing reliable and trusted expert support and advice.
Our diverse projects have us seek qualified Occupational Hygienists with all levels of experience to complement our team. We have immediate roles in Silverwater, NSW, and welcome conversations with OH talent from all states as our business continues to grow.
Whether a keen hygienist in respiratory fit testing or silica monitoring to support our Group’s NATA-accredited XRD for analysis, or seasoned professional, opportunities await. In the conduct of bespoke risk assessments and ‘ownership’ of a specialty offering, you will be welcomed and supported by a nurturing, hardworking team and broadening experiences.
Does it interest you to scope and deliver:
assessment respecting AIOH recognised Standards and Codes of Practice
exposure monitoring including dust, silica, chemical, biological agents
occupational noise and vibration assessments
indoor and outdoor air quality reports
mould and microbiological investigations
Clandestine Lab Assessments and Post Remediation Validation
Risk Assessments and OHHWMPs
review Standards and Codes of Practice for continual improvement
conduct workplace safety studies and risk assessments inclusive of thermal stress, ergonomic and psychosocial wellbeing?
Our expectations are that you are:
a team player with a proactive attitude
capable in-field and with comprehensive technical reports
permitted to work in Australia
ready to develop into a trusted advisor to Clients, if not already!
proactive in your professional development, possessing AIOH membership and/or postgraduate qualification in Occupational Hygiene
For a full job description or to submit your application and CV, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
NSW is offering immediate phone interviews to applicants citing this AIOH advert and we welcome enquiries from our OH colleagues at any time for upcoming positions across ADE.
Please contact Marietta McAuley, Health & Safety Services, on 0414 706 056 for a confidential discussion today.
Occupational Health & Hygiene Advisor - Hunter Valley
Senior OHH Advisor lead role
Full-time on-site, hands-on opportunity
Pivotal, strategic & influential position
A true Industry market leader, a first-time opportunity exists for the lead role of Occupational Health & Hygiene Advisor. This position can support an immediate start and provides a permanent ongoing contract employment opportunity.
The Occupational Health and Hygiene Advisor will work with the Operational and Health, Safety and Environment Team to implement the Health Strategy. Successful implementation of the Health Strategy is essential to ensure exposure to chemical, physical and biological hazards are appropriately monitored and controlled.
Assisting in the development and delivery of Occupational Health and Hygiene programs and strategies.
Conducting Occupational Hygiene Surveys at operational facilities.
Ensuring all health surveillance is carried out.
Ensuring Occupational Health and Hygiene information is electronically stored and maintained.
Assisting in the implementation and maintenance of the OH data management systems.
Preparing and reviewing internal reports and procedures.
Providing technical advice on Occupational Health and Hygiene related matters.
Assisting in investigations and the development and implementation of OH&H controls such as procedures and training.
Assist in the provision of advice and coordination of asbestos removal from site and asbestos related work
Assist in the provision of advice and coordination of lead risk work from site and lead risk related work.
Provision of advice, training, inspection/audit and other assistance on Dangerous Goods, Hazardous Substances and GHS requirements
Manage the regulatory requirement for documented notification to SafeWork relating to permanent and temporary changes of site stock holdings of Dangerous Goods quantities.
Coordinate and execute quantitative respirator fit testing of both disposable and reusable respirators.
You will demonstrate the following qualifications, skills and experience:
Tertiary qualifications in Occupational Hygiene or related Health discipline.
Experience in physically conducting monitoring for biological, physical and chemical contaminants.
Experience in developing health surveillance programs.
Experience with identifying and/or handling Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Materials.
Experience in conducting audits, investigations, risk assessments and inspections.
Understanding of relevant chemical related regulations; Globally Harmonised System (GHS) and Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADGC).
Understanding of legislative requirements relating to health surveillance and occupational hygiene.
The successful candidate will demonstrate practical, hands on experience combined with a high level of self-discipline and commitment to excellence.
Ideally residing in the Lower Hunter area, you will relish the opportunity to really influence successful health, hygiene and safety outcomes for a large contingent workforce, and be comfortable performing physical, practical work methods to achieve the desired outcomes.