The AIHS is undertaking a 'Celebrate Our Membership' campaign to empower members to connect and learn from one another's experiences, as well as to celebrate the fantastic work our members have undertaken within the industry.
We would like to introduce Andrew Heinrichs, Director, Safety at Community Safety Building Authority, Andrew is also the AIHS VIC Branch Chair.
He has been a member of the Institute since 2014.
What made you decide you wanted to get into health and safety?
After working with drilling contractors and seeing serious incidents occur, I volunteered to be HSR. My interest and involvement grew from there.
Tell us about your current position.
I'm currently the Director, Safety for the Community Safety Building Authority, which is the infrastructure delivery unit of the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety. Prior to this, I worked at EY as Digital HSE Lead.
What was your pathway?
I've worked in mining, environmental consulting and demolition. After returning to Melbourne from the mines, I pursued further study and moved into health and safety consulting. From there I did some work in the infrastructure space. I see the construction industry as one of the most challenging areas to work in. I found the AIHS and joined in 2014 and have been a member ever since.
Why are you a member?
I enjoy the community and people involved, I like meeting other health and safety people and learning about what they do. It’s about networking. I’ve met people online and at conferences, in a similar industry to me, that I now go to for advice or to compare notes. And friendship, I’ve made great friends through being a member. I think that is the best thing about being a part of the AIHS, you just feel more connected to the industry and to the people who work in it. I also see the AIHS as the best way to influence and improve our profession, industry practices, and ultimately health and safety outcomes.
If you were to give one gold nugget to advance the industry in Australia, what would it be?
I think health and safety people generally should be more comfortable with trying new ideas and failing.
Thanks for your time Andrew, is there a final comment you'd like to finish with?
As Chair of the Victorian AIHS Branch, thank you to those of you who are already members,and I encourage you to get involved. For anybody else who may be thinking about becoming a member, or renewing their membership, join us! The AIHS is a fantastic way to stay connected, give back to industry, and continue your own development.