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Richard Forster 


  • OHS Diploma
  • OHS Certificate
  • Cert IV in Training & Assessment
  • Management Studies Certificate
  • Higher National Certificate in laboratory administration
  • Lead Auditor in OHS Management Systems

Brief employment Hisory:
Richard joined HAZCON from UK Education support provider EduAction Ltd. He is
an experienced OHS Practitioner of 30 years (UK and Australia) and has developed and implemented a wide range of policies, procedures, training courses and management systems. He has worked for private companies and local government.

Richard delivers WorkSafe approved training and has delivered the WorkSafe Small Business Program. He is passionate about his work and is a keen believer in sensible risk management and health and well-being issues and initiatives.

Richard also has 6 years' experience in Major Emergency Response Planning at pan-London level. He has Gold and Silver Command experience of dealing with real time emergencies including terrorist attacks, major fires and chemical incidents. In Australia, Richard has planned and run emergency response exercises for a range of clients. He has worked for over a decade in supporting a Victorian power station implement and maintain AS/NZS 4801: OHS Management Systems Specifications with guidance for use.

Richard is a Member of the Safety Institute of Australia and was Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health whilst working in UK.

Richard is a veteran of OHS training; devising and delivering over 1,100 training courses in Australia. Topics include:

  • Asbestos awareness and removal refresher
  • Building high performance teams
  • Construction Induction - Work safely in the construction industry
  • Contractor management
  • Emergency warden and initial fire attack
  • Health and Safety Committees and Issue Resolution
  • High risk work
  • HSR initial OHS training
  • HSR Refresher OHS training
  • Leadership and culture
  • Managing OHS
  • Managing people
  • Manual Handling/ Hazardous manual tasks
  • HAZCON Skills Register RF Version 2.00 / 2020
  • Office safety and ergonomics
  • OHS for managers and supervisors
  • One source one message (response to Black Saturday fires)
  • Plant safety and risk management
  • Preventing and responding to workplace bullying
  • Preventing and responding to workplace violence
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Risk Management
  • Current driving licence
  • OHS Construction induction card
  • Working with children card

Richard maintains a detailed Professional Development record and attends forums such as Southern Safety Group and Demolition and Asbestos Industry Association of Victoria


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