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  • 01/09/2023

Safety Specialist (Whyalla, SA, AU)

About the role

Reporting to the Safety Superintendent the Work Health and Safety Specialist plays a crucial role in driving a shift in safety performance as well as supporting operations to achieve to achieve safety excellence by influencing, coaching and working directly with the Front Line Leaders, Contracting Partners and the broader workforce.

Key responsibilities 

  • Build capability amongst leaders, teams to achieve effective and efficient WHS outcomes
  • Monitor and assess environment procedures, equipment and installations on a regular basis to ensure an acceptable risk level
  • Implement any required Risk Management and Management Change strategies in line with the company and legislative requirements
  • Facilitate WHS training within operations to support an effective implementation of systems as well as build capability within the operations 
  • Work closely with and support other team members and undertake other duties as required to deliver optimal WHS outcomes
  • Maintain and up to date knowledge of current WHS legislations and standards to provide relevant advice and support
  • Provide timely and accurate advice and support towards WHS risk reduction and safe execution of work within the allocated business unit
  • Coordinate and conduct hazard identification and risk assessments within the business where more complex tools are required
  • Provide ongoing investigation, coaching and leadership for safety professionals and line personnel to ensure outcomes are aligned with SIMEC mining investigations requirements 

About your experience

Our ideal candidate will have the ability to work in a rapidly changing environment with a drive and resourcefulness to research and find solutions to challenging issues as well as implement any required changes. Ability to work with people from all levels, be focused and results oriented, organize information, take action and be highly autonomous with a sense of urgency. 

You will also have the following:

  • Tertiary WHS Qualifications or suitable qualifications in relevant discipline 
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment (preferable)
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) and critical thinking skills
  • Proven ability to engage and influence stakeholders and build effective working relationships 
  • Strong relationship management skills and the ability to engage and influence stakeholders and build effective working relationships 
  • Ability to develop and manage health and safety management systems 
  • Experience in facilitating incident investigations and risk assessments 
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills
  • Strong knowledge of health and safety legislation, risk management, auditing, reporting and investigation requirements

About our team

SIMEC Mining, a member of GFG Alliance, has operations in SA and NSW. Our Iron Ore mining operations in South Australia’s Middleback Ranges, south west of Whyalla, consist of three primary mine sites: Iron Baron, Iron Knob and the South Middleback Ranges. Our Tahmoor Colliery in New South Wales, is an underground longwall coal mine with an associated coal preparation plant, producing high quality coking coal for global markets. Administration functions and ore pelletising and port facilities are located within the city limits of Whyalla, with corporate functions based in Adelaide and Sydney. 

The Iron Ore business is on an exciting trajectory to expand our mining and processing operations with significant investment over the next three years. Our operations in Tahmoor NSW produce metallurgical coal for the steel making process where the business is currently investing to expand and extend the life of the operations.

Next steps

Across our different business units, we offer career opportunities for people who share our drive, passion and ambition. From apprentices and graduates to experienced professionals, we are committed to offering fulfilling careers and the chance to grow as our business grows. We would love you to be part of our journey. 


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