The 15 graduates were presented with their instruments of appointment by WorkSafe Chief Executive Clare Amies and Member for Geelong Christine Couzens at a ceremony at WorkSafe's headquarters today.

Following graduation, the new inspectors will assist WorkSafe to carry out more than 45,000 workplace inspections each year.

The Class of 2018 includes five women and 10 men with experience in sectors including construction, mining, oil and gas, health care, ergonomics, chemical and mechanical engineering.

Minister for Finance Robin Scott said a strong WorkSafe inspectorate played a crucial role in making sure 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 the new graduates brought to the organisation 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.”

The new inspectors will be stationed at WorkSafe offices around the state including Mulgrave, Essendon Fields, Traralgon, Warrnambool, Geelong and Melbourne.

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