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Ben Anderson

My name is Ben Anderson and I am working towards a Bachelor of Occupational Health and Safety.

Originally, I was looking into psychology but I found that it wasn’t really something I was motivated to keep pursuing. I decided on OHS because I am very good at detail, and can pick up on health and safety improvements and adjustments that need to be made. My sister also had a friend who was doing something similar, so I decided to look it up.

I decided to come to CQUni because I thought it would be close and I could easily access the University. They also have a good reputation and are known for encouraging people to do the best that they can. I’m studying part time and working casually.

What drove me was the overall look of the course and what it offered. Like in Accident Forensics, OHS investigates events and processes, then works out how to improve outcomes. Examining environments is an important part of what we do. There’s lots of observing, making notes and writing down what needs to be done, as well as following government legislation.

Organisation, planning and teamwork are three of the most important parts of the course. And you have to be able to notice things around you, see what’s new and what can be improved, like the adjustments you can make to stop tripping, falling or slipping. There is some science involved, like physiology of the body. One of the first units was about how body parts can be affected by certain movements in different environments.

The field is very broad – you need to find the particular strand you want to follow as a career. I’m interested in the ergonomics and safety side of OHS, and how memory impacts on how people work at work.

I was thinking of eventually developing predictive technology to improve people’s workspace after I graduate. Some kind of technology which comes up on screen and tells you the best way to operate in your environment, like table arrangements (their height and angling), best posture and seat elevation, temperature.

Technology in health and safety is gaining more attention because of the pressures placed on organisations to meet OHS laws and standards. One of the new technologies are drones and how they’re used to deliver people’s items or parcels quickly and efficiently, like Australia Post and some other parcel delivery companies, for example. We’re looking at how they could be improved to go quicker and reduce faults, like when they go up and hit a power line, or when they’re knocked down by a pet or something like that.

The lecturers are very helpful and supportive. They help you with everything that you need to know, as well as problem-solving skills. They are pretty easy-going and there’s a lot of teamwork around what we plan.

I think the most satisfying thing is to enjoy what you do.