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Research Safety Officer

Location:
Fishermans Bend, Victoria, Australia
Posted:
22nd June 2020
Advertiser:
Department of Defence - DST/02644/20

APS 6

$80,669.00 to $92,150.00

Fishermans Bend, VIC

The Research Safety Officer will need to demonstrate an understanding or will need to develop an understanding of Defence and DST WHS policy and procedures and the Chemical & Biological, Radiological Laboratory Framework that comply with the Work Health & Safety Legislative Act 2011.

Duties and Key Result Areas:

  • Promote a strong safety Culture within the division
  • Proactively contributing to safety risk assessments, research trial and test plans onduct of assurance activities and leading and supporting the investigation and analysis of incidents and near misses is expected
  • Accountable for the provision of professional and complex WHS support and advice to divisional scientific and administration staff on the application of work health and safety legislation and Defence policies and procedures.
  • Conduct and review of investigations and outcomes arising from safety incidents and near miss events
  • Leading and assisting with health and safety assurance activities including internal safety audits, workplace inspections design and conduct, identification, monitoring and follow up of corrective actions and associated reporting
  • Working collaboratively with health and safety specialists and managers to identify, arrange and retain records of induction and hazard specific health and safety training
  • Collection, analysis, and reporting of safety data and activities to support conformance and decision making by senior management
  • Preparing health and safety management reports for divisional and other work health and safety committees and activities
  • Active participation in whole of DST safety collaboration meetings and activities including contributions to reform or priority safety projects, and assisting other divisions with the provision of work, health and safety advice
  • Promoting and assisting scientific and administration to staff with their responsibilities around hazard, risk and incident reporting including Sentinel system support
  • Ensuring all required health and safety information and records are maintained in line with legislative and Defence requirements and
  • Contributing to the implementation and continuous improvement of work health and safety management systems in accordance with legislation and Defence policies.

Land Division spans across three states, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania and leads the impetus for innovation within Australian land force operations by providing science and technology advice about equipment, personnel and processes utilised by the land force.  The division helps maintain the capability edge by developing advanced analysis and evaluation techniques, along with computer modelling tools and human factors principles that enable a rigorous exploration of new system concepts, tactics, doctrines and technologies. The division applies this work in an operational context, at all levels of the Army from brigade/task force down to the individual soldier.

Land Division’s research program supports the introduction of new technologies and systems to the land force, together with the associated changes to operational methods, doctrine, organisation, training and tactics.  The division also plays a vital role in developing new technologies and capabilities, helping to define future needs, and evaluating the merits of systems and technologies which may be offered to meet those needs.  Land Division works with Australian industry, through a range of agreements and forms of interaction, to develop industrial capacity in support of Defence requirements and to contribute to Australia’s national wealth.

Land Division also carries out its work in collaboration with similar research organisations in defence, industry and academia throughout Australia and the world.

The Research Safety Officer position sits in Land Division Management and reports to the Deputy Director Divisional Operations. 

We are looking for a highly motivated, professional and enthusiastic person for the role of Research Safety Officer (RSO) with extensive knowledge and experience in planning, managing and implementing Work Health and Safety (WHS) compliance and performance in a multi-disciplinary research environment that is inclusive of high risk chemical and biological laboratories.

The primary accountability of the RSO role will be to promote a strong safety culture within Land Division’s research environment by providing professional and timely Work Health and Safety support and advice to scientific staff and laboratory managers to ensure that required levels of safety compliance and practice are maintained in line with legislation, regulation and the Defence Safety Management System.

Proactive contributions to safety risk assessments, trial and test plans, conduct of assurance activities and leading and supporting the investigation and analysis of incidents and near misses is expected.

The RSO should ideally have some understanding of work health and safety risks in high risk chemical, biological and radiological work programs and will be required to work collaboratively with specialists within the division who are responsible for regulatory compliance and reporting activities pertaining to those work programs, as well as specialist DST hazardous chemicals and radiation safety advisors and other work, health and safety officers across DST.

The RSO will need to demonstrate an understanding or will need to develop an understanding of Defence and DST WHS policy and procedures and the Chemical & Biological, Radiological Laboratory Framework that comply with the Work Health & Safety Legislative Act 2011.

It is essential for the successful applicant to build a good rapport, develop and maintain relationships with scientific and administration staff to promote and deliver a best practice approach to safety within a research environment. A proactive approach and excellent communication skills are essential.

This position is required to work across multiple sites within Australia and may need to support remote site trials from time to time.

 Application Closing Date: 13 July 2020

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DST/02644/20 on www.defence.gov.au/apscareers