Health & Safety Officer

Location: Gunnedah NSW Posted Date: July 26, 2019
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Employer Job Id: WHC10000010 Careermine Job Id: 1790273
About The Organisation
is the leading Australian producer of high-efficiency, low emissions coal, and the dominant player in Australia’s only emerging high-quality coal basin. We help to power highly-developed and emerging economies in Asia where there is strong and growing demand for our product.

We operate six mines in the Gunnedah Basin in North West New South Wales and have developed a reputation for excellence in operations, project delivery and safe and efficient operations. We are proudly local and employ locally-based employees where possible.

Whitehaven is at an exciting stage in its development with a robust development pipeline in both NSW and Queensland and real opportunities for employees to contribute to our strategic growth agenda.

Whitehaven is an ASX100 company committed to recruiting, retaining, and investing in a modern and diverse workforce which values teamwork, respect and recognition. We are an equal opportunity employer and provide a healthy, smoke-free workplace.
About The Role: Health & Safety Officer (Maules Creek, NSW)
An outstanding opportunity has become available for a Health & Safety Officer to join our Health & Safety team based at our Maules Creek Open Cut Coal Operation in NSW.

As a Health and Safety Officer reporting to the Safety Superintendent, you will be required to provide internal client services to key stakeholders coupled with core safety support to drive the team’s key performance indicators. In this pivotal role, you will deliver streamlined specialist services throughout the business by developing and implementing core safety procedures and monitoring key performance measures and emerging trends. You will be required to complete core activities in accordance with corporate policies and procedures.

In this role, you will assist in the development and maintenance of the site Safety and Health Management system (SHMS) to ensure compliance is in line with legislative and requirements. You will work closely with front line leaders to provide advice in all aspects of health and safety and encourage a proactive safety leadership culture across site.

Your core accountabilities will be:
  • Developing, reviewing and ensuring compliance to core procedures
  • Completing incident investigations and providing information to senior leaders
  • Conducting system audits to monitor performance
  • Coordinating and assisting with risk assessment and hazard management processes
  • Assisting in the review of safety performance and innovation strategies for improvement
  • Building and developing relationships with employees and stakeholders

To be successful for this role you will hold relevant tertiary qualification in the Health and/or Safety discipline and have demonstrated previous health and safety experience working within mining or heavy industry.

You will also display exceptional communication skills that will enable you to influence key stakeholders and achieve accountability and ownership. Moreover you will exhibit a safety mindset and be able to think strategically to achieve clear safety and health goals.
About You or Skills / Experience
The successful applicant will possess the following experience and qualities:
  • Tertiary qualifications
  • A person willing to work within a small dedicated team
  • Be able to engage with site personnel across all levels
  • Willing to spend a significant portion of their time out of the office reinforcing safety expectations
  • Excellent communication skills (both to a group and individually)
  • Proficient in MS office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • 3-5 years experience in a Safety role in Underground Mining or relevant Mining experience
  • Experience conducting document reviews, risk assessments and completing incident investigations
  • Experience dealing with and managing contractors.
How to Apply
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  • is committed to increasing the representation of women and Aboriginal people in the workplace

    Whitehaven aims for an inclusive workplace that brings both men and women from diverse backgrounds and welcomes applicants who reflect diversity of gender, culture, experience and skills.