The following message was distributed by Clarke Martin, Segment Leader WorkSafe, last Friday the 26th of March to all OHS Consultants in Victoria.
OHS Consultants Service Provider Directory to close
On 12 April 2010, the list of health and safety consultants on WorkSafe's online service provider directory will close. Your contact details are currently listed in this directory.
From this date, anyone who accesses the directory to find a consultant will be redirected to the Professional OHS Advice section of the WorkSafe website, which provides links to the following professional associations representing OHS consultants:
Safety Institute of Australia Ltd (SIA)
Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH)
These organisations have satisfied WorkSafe's criteria to recommend accredited and certified OHS consultants. We are continuing to work with other professional bodies to enable them to also provide this service.
This initiative is a key step towards repositioning OHS professionals to help ensure Victorian workplaces receive quality OHS advice.
What does this mean for you?
OHS professional bodies maintain their own online databases of OHS professionals.
If you are already a certified member of a professional body, we recommend that you check that your details are listed correctly in the relevant organisation's directory.
If you are not currently affiliated with an OHS professional body, consider which association you can join and ask how to become a certified or professional member.
WorkSafe is also a proud partner of the 2010 Safety in Action Conference, which is on between 20 - 22 April at the Melbourne Convention Centre. It's a great way to stay abreast of the latest on OHS policy, best practice and harmonised workplace health and safety laws. You can download the conference program and register to attend at www.sia.org.au.