Elizabeth Tosti is the Director, Metropolitan Operations & Sector Initiatives SafeWork NSW, Better Regulation, Department of Finance, Services and Innovation.
She began her career as a chemical engineer at BlueScope Steel (formerly BHP Billiton) at its Port Kembla site. After six years in engineering she changed career direction and took on a role as a safety coordinator. This took place at a time when the steelworks was beginning its safety journey, moving from a high injury/fatality rate towards a best practice safety culture.
Whilst working as a safety coordinator Elizabeth completed a Graduate Diploma in OHS from the University of Newcastle. By the time she left the steelworks as Safety Superintendent in 2003, the organisation was considered one of the world’s best safety performers.
Her next role was as National Safety Manager for the privately owned mining company, Unimin Australia Ltd (now known as Sibelco Australia). In this role Elizabeth travelled to China, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, to provide advice and support to senior management teams in the Sibelco Group. She also visited many parts of Australia, visiting over 50 mine sites spread throughout the country.
After working for four years with Unimin Australia Ltd, Elizabeth took on a role as the National Safety Manager for GrainCorp Ltd, an agribusiness with over 500 storage and processing facilities and 9 ports, all on the east coast of Australia.
Her next position was with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority (now Roads and Maritime Services) as General Manager OHS. In this role she led a team of OHS professionals to improve the organisation’s safety performance across a diverse range of work environments including motor registries, road and bridge construction crews, heavy vehicle inspectorates, design and engineering.
Elizabeth then expanded her expertise in the construction industry when she joined Leighton Holdings Ltd as Group Manager, Safety followed by a role as Head of Safety, Health and Environment, Australia for Lend Lease.
After this time, Elizabeth spent three years in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry, as Director of Safety, Health and Environment for the food manufacturer Goodman Fielder, where her role in developing and implemeting the organisation’s safety strategy encompassed the diverse regions of Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific.
Elizabeth is now thrilled to be working for Safework NSW, as Director Metropolitan Operations and Sector Initiatives, where she can put her broad range of expertise to good practice. SafeWork NSW is the state’s workplace health and safety regulator. It focuses on harm prevention and improving the safety culture in NSW workplaces.
SafeWork NSW offers advice on improving work health and safety, provides licensing and registration for potentially dangerous work, provides testing services, investigates workplace incidents, and enforces work health and safety laws in NSW.