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Profile: Older Worker Safety Professional

Profile: Older Worker Safety Professional

Ray Harris shares his safety career progression story.

Ray Harris is a great example of how older workers can benefit a workplace with their extensive life experience and work skills. This experience is something valuable they can share with younger employees in the workplace.

Ray is 71 years old and is currently the Work Health and Safety Officer for Smashcare. He has held this position for the past 9 years. Smashcare is an industry leading vehicle repairer and has approximately 80 staff in their 3 QLD locations and 110 staff nationally.

Ray’s story goes something like this…

Many years ago Ray was a boiler maker by trade and after retiring (due to a medical condition) he decided he needed a new challenge. So Ray came to ASLS in 2003 and completed the Functioning as a Workplace Health & Safety Officer (WHSO) course.  He refreshed this course with ASLS in 2008 and updated his accreditation.  With the harmonisation of Work Health and Safety laws in 2011, Ray took the next step and completed a Diploma of OHS with ASLS in 2013.

Ray tells ASLS he is continually reviewing the Safety Management System, policies and procedures for Smashcare and that the training he received on the Diploma course has certainly assisted him.

Ray has been willing to continue upskilling and maintaining the currency of his training, holding many qualifications and accreditations. Last month Ray completed the Fire Safety Adviser course with ASLS and has since travelled interstate to ensure Smashcare workers in Victoria are up to date with their fire and evacuation training.

Thanks Ray for letting ASLS tell everyone your story.

Does this sound like you?

Do you know of an older worker that still wants to be connected and engaged in work during their second half of life?

ASLS helps older workers keep their qualifications and experience up to date.

ASLS regularly has clients come back over the years and their stories are always the same. They return because they know ASLS will provide the best training outcomes for their career progression.

Contact ASLS today on 1300 260 300 to enquire about how we can assist you.

Click here to read about how older workers can benefit the workplace.

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