Careers in occupational health and safety are in high demand.
University of Queensland (UQ) graduate Candace Bluff uses the science behind injury prevention in workplaces to make certain that employees are healthy and safe.
Candace is now a safety and hygiene advisor with one of the world’s largest metal and mining corporations, Rio Tinto, where she monitors and advises on hygiene hazards like noise and dust, and helps to implement day-to-day safety measures.
“An occupational health and safety advisor secures our safety at work and beyond so we can live life to the fullest,” she says.
Candace was attending a UQ open day when she first discovered the potential of studying OHS science. “It’s so diverse, and I saw the opportunity to work in any industry that I wanted.”
OHS professionals are in strong demand in Australia and globally, and often receive high salaries.
The four-year undergrad degree at UQ has a strong science focus, with industry placements, a range of scholarships and a track record of full employment for graduates.
With more than two million people worldwide killed from work-related accidents and diseases each year, Candace says work as an occupational health and safety advisor is incredibly important. “I get satisfaction everyday knowing that I’ve made a difference.”
– Karen Keast