In Australia, you will hear the Work Health and Safety (WHS) industry also referred to as the OHS industry - Occupational Health and Safety. It can be very confusing, so we thought we'd give you an explanation.
In 2012, the Commonwealth led the way with a national harmonization of Work Health and Safety laws. Following that, all the States and Territories signed on with the exception of Western Australia and Victoria. In those states, you will see Work Health and Safety referred to as occupational health and safety.
Regardless of which State or Territory you are in, the nationally recognized qualifications in the field all have Work Health and Safety in the title - not occupational health and safety.
Since 2007, there have been three iterations of the Work Health and Safety qualifications. Reviews of qualifications are a normal activity in Australia.
We'll use the Diploma level to explain.
Consultation began in 2018 for a review of the Work Health and Safety qualifications. It is to be expected that in the next year or so, there will be another update to the Work Health and Safety qualifications.
Churchill always updates our Alumni on any changes to qualifications, and regularly sends out industry updates to interested people through our newsletters.
If you are not currently a Churchill client, but would like to stay informed regarding any future changes to WHS qualifications, you can subscribe here.