Fifteen new inspectors who graduated from a 17-week training program last week will begin the task of keeping Victorians safe and healthy at work this month.
The new inspectors will assist WorkSafe to carry out more than 45,000 workplace inspections each year.
WorkSafe Chief Executive Clare Amies and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens presented the graduates with their instruments of appointment at a ceremony at WorkSafe’s headquarters last week.
The new group includes five women and 10 men with experience in sectors including construction, mining, oil and gas, healthcare, ergonomics, chemical and mechanical engineering.
The new inspectors will be based in Mulgrave, Essendon Fields, Traralgon, Warrnambool, Geelong, and Melbourne.
Minister for Finance Robin Scott said a strong WorkSafe inspectorate played a crucial role in ensuring Victorian workers were able to return home from work safe each day.
“Inspectors are WorkSafe’s frontline, upholding the integrity of Victoria’s occupational health and safety laws,” Minister Scott said.
“They also play a large part in educating employers and duty holders on what they need to do to keep workers safe.
“Both of these roles take passion and commitment, and I congratulate today’s graduates for taking up this important cause.”
WorkSafe Chief Executive Clare Amies said the experiences and skills of the new graduates would benefit all Victorian workers and employers.
“As the nature of work continues to change, so do workplace health and safety needs,” Ms. Amies said.
“The previous experience of our new graduates will ensure that WorkSafe maintains a diverse inspectorate with a deep understanding of industry and the dynamics of the modern workplace.”