• AS/NZS, Industrial Rope Access Trade Association ('IRATA'), ISO Systems Establishment;
  • Board and Executive Reporting;
  • Certification to AS/NZS 4801, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 29001 and ISO 45011;
  • Compliance and Quality Auditing;
  • Contractor Management System Establishment and Review;
  • Critical Risk Reviews;
  • Desktop Auditing;
  • Due Diligence and Corporate Governance Reporting;
  • Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Response Plans, Auditing and Training;
  • Environmental Impact Assessments;
  • Incident Investigation and Reporting;
  • Labour Hire of HSE, HR and ESO Personnel;
  • Leadership Training and Guidance;
  • Legislative and Standards Guidance;
  • Occupational Hygiene Assessments;
  • Psychological and Mental Health Risk Assessments;
  • Regulatory Auditing;
  • Risk Management Training;
  • Risk Management Audits to AS/NZS 4360 and ISO 31000;
  • Site Auditing and Reporting;
  • Tendering and Accreditation Gap Analysis Auditing;
  • Training, Assessment and Verification of Competency of Personnel;
  • WHS Documentation and Technical Writing; and
  • Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management

Experience You Can Count On

The Work Health and Safety Experts (‘WHSE’) provide expertise to a wide range of industries across Australia, New Zealand and Worldwide.

At WHSE, we aim to create strong relationships with our clients to continuously improve their business as they navigate their way through complicated occupational/work health and safety, workers’ compensation and general regulatory compliance requirements.

WHSE assist organisations through cost-effective work health and safety consulting.

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Liam O’Connor

Managing Director and Lead Consultant

Liam has held national and group manager HSEQ positions, working across a range of industries within both ASX-listed and privately held Australian companies. His strengths include systems establishment, common/civil law application, quality auditing, incident investigation, risk management, technical writing and corporate governance over business management systems.

An active member of both the Australian Institute of Health and Safety and National Safety Council of Australia, Liam has multiple appointments within multiple not-for-profit boards, acting in the positions of non-executive director, board member and committee chair.

Liam currently sits as one of eight members on the ‘International Health and Safety Committee‘ for the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (‘IRATA’); a committee responsible for providing expert guidance to over 500 member companies and over 100,000 rope access and working at height technicians worldwide.

He is also the Director and vice-chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Safety’s Western Australian Branch and was previously awarded the ‘National Diversity and Inclusion’ award from the Safety Institute of Australia, along with previous shortlistings for Australian Mining’s ‘Emerging Leader of the Year’ and ‘Contribution to Mining’ categories, and the ‘Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Awards’.


University and Post-Graduate
  • Master’s Degree, Law (International Law) (University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) – Currently Completing.
  • Master’s Degree, Business Administration (Finance)(University of Western Australia, Western Australia, Australia) – Currently Completing.
  • Postgraduate Diploma, International Business Law (University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia).
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Business (University of Western Australia, Western Australia, Australia).
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Occupational Health and Safety (Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, Australia).
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Professional Legal Studies (Griffith University, Queensland, Australia).
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Legal Ethics (Industrial Relations and Employment Law) (Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia).
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Japanese Law (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan).
  • Diploma, Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors, Western Australia, Australia).
  • Certificate, Continuing Education (Oxford University, Oxford, England).
  • Certificate, European Business Law (Lund University, Lund, Sweden).
  • Certificate, Company Directors Course Update (Australian Institute of Company Directors, Western Australia, Australia).
  • Certificate, International Arbitration (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Australia). 
  • Certificate, Medico-Legal Death investigation (North Dakota, United States of America).
Incident Investigation and Workers’ Compensation Courses
  • ‘8Steps’ ART-T Advanced Incident Investigation Course ‘Part A Understanding Incidents’ Certification – InterSafe (Queensland, Australia).
  • ‘8Steps’ ART-T Advanced Incident Investigation Course ‘Part B Analysis/Identifying Controls’ Certification – InterSafe (Queensland, Australia).
  • ICAM Basic Investigator Certification – Safetywise (Western Australia, Australia).
  • Injury Management Coordinator – Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (Western Australia, Australia).
  • ‘TapRoot’ Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Training Certification – Practical Solutions Group (Western Australia, Australia).
Management Systems and Auditing Courses
  • ‘Integrated Management Systems’ Internal and External Lead Auditor Certification.
  • AS/NZS 4801 and OHSAS 18001 ‘Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems’ Lead Auditor.
  • Diploma, Quality Auditing.
  • ISO 14001 ‘Environmental Management Systems’ Lead Auditor – Auditor Training Centre (Western Australia, Australia).
  • ISO 9001 ‘Quality Management Systems’ Lead Auditor Certification.
  • Worksafe Plan Assessor Certification.
  • ‘How OHS Can Engage Leaders to Deliver Better Diversity and Inclusion Outcomes’ – Safety Institute of Australia (here).
  • ‘Innovations on Scaffolding‘ – Australian Health and Safety Podcast (here).
  • ‘Mental Health Case Study; Retraining Defence Personnel’ – Safety Institute of Australia (here).
  • ‘Social Impact in the Mining Sector’ – Occupational Health and Safety Professional Magazine, December 2019 (here).
  • ‘Episode 58’ – WarriorU Podcast with Bram Connolly (here). 
  • ‘Post-Incident: The Effects on a Family’ keynote – Australian Institute of Health and Safety ‘SafetyGenX– 2020 and Beyond’ 2019 Symposium (here).