Work, health and safety officers ensure compliance with health and safety systems, conduct risk assessments and advise managers and employees.
Health and safety officers make sure that standards are in place to ensure the safety of everyone in the workplace. They work in all kinds of environments, including offices, manufacturing plants, testing facilities and more.
A lot of systems in the space industry are inherently dangerous. This is due to the nature of rocket propulsion, chemistry, heavy engineering and manufacturing. In addition, many research projects are very new and experimental. This means that safety protocols sometimes haven't been tested, published and written into procedures or legislation.
In the space industry, health and safety officers need to adapt processes and systems from other fields. They must analyse and assess workplace risks in a wide variety of environments. They are responsible for proposing and testing procedures to prevent or mitigate accidents and other risk factors. They are also responsible for constantly improving working conditions.
The following TAFE courses are relevant to becoming a work, health and safety officer:
- Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety (BSB41419)
- Diploma of Work, Health and Safety (BSB51319)
Undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in the following study areas may also be relevant to becoming a work, health and safety officer:
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Workplace Health and Safety
- Health, Safety and Environment
- Human Factors and Safety Management Systems
The following universities offer undergraduate study options related to the space industry. They may be relevant to becoming a work, health and safety officer with an interest in space:
- Swinburne University's Space Technology minor, which is available to undergraduate students in any degree
At the postgraduate level, the following courses may provide space industry skills relevant to the role:
- The International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program. This program forms the first part of the University of South Australia’s Graduate Certificate of Space Studies
Postgraduate qualifications by coursework or research may also be relevant. Visit individual university websites for more information.