Pam Pryor - Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board - OHS Capability: a new framework for practice
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Pam Pryor - Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board - OHS Capability: a new framework for practice



Pam Pryor delivered the presentation at the 2014 Perth Safety in Action Conference. ...

Pam Pryor delivered the presentation at the 2014 Perth Safety in Action Conference.

The 2014 Perth Safety in Action Conference focused on enhancing compliance, productivity and affordability for big and small business. Highlights included an international keynote address from Neville Rockhouse, the Safety and Training Manager for Pike River Coal in New Zealand.

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Pam Pryor - Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board - OHS Capability: a new framework for practice Pam Pryor - Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board - OHS Capability: a new framework for practice Presentation Transcript

  • OHS Capability A framework for practice Safety in Action, Perth 2104 Pam Pryor Registrar
  • Today • Australian WHS strategy and capability • Competency v capability • The AQF and OHS capability statements • Global Framework for practice • OHS Body of Knowledge • Certification and capability • Developing OHS capability package • OHS education update
  • Times are changing! • Nature of work • Nature of hazards • Community expectations • Australian WHS Strategy 2012-2022 • Changing views on the OHS function within organisations • Changes within the OHS profession – OHS Body of knowledge – Accreditation of OHS education – Certification of OHS professionals and practitioners – Global framework for practice
  • Strategic outcome • Those providing work health and safety education, training and advice have the appropriate capabilities
  • ‘Competency’ The consistent application of knowledge and skill to the standard of performance required in the workplace. It embodies the ability to transfer and apply skills and knowledge to new situations and environments. Glossary of VET NCVER, 2013
  • ‘Capability’ Capability is the applied theoretical knowledge that underpins practice in occupations and professions and also the industry specific knowledge and skills that transcend particular workplaces and the tacit knowledge of the workplace. Wheelahan and Moodie, 2011
  • Competency v Capability • Competency is about delivering the present based on the past • Capability is about imagining the future and bringing it about Lewis, 2009. Australian Council for Educational Leaders
  • Competency v Capability Competency Capability Knowledge relevant to the workplace Theoretical knowledge Skills relevant to the workplace Skills underpinned by theoretical knowledge Application may be limited to defined set of circumstances Can be applied in complex and changing circumstances Standard set for performance May not have a defined standard Standard set by regulatory process/ workplace Standard may be set by profession or external body
  • AQF and OHS Capabilities OHS Diploma AQF 5 OHS Graduate Diploma AQF 8 OHS Masters AQF 9 Knowledge Technical& theoretical knowledge in a specific area Advanced theoretical & technical knowledge in a discipline Advanced an integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge Skills Broad range of skills Advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills Specialised cognitive, technical and communication skills Some times complex problems Complex problems Complex information, problems, concepts and theories Application Broad but established parameters Well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility Autonomy, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility
  • Development of OHS Professional Capabilities What are the things that a new graduate OHS professional should be able to do in the workplace ? OHS educators OHS Professionals See
  • OHS Professional Capabilities Generic attributes derived from the Australian Qualification Framework for OHS • Level of knowledge • Cognitive, technical and communication skills to – Access and evaluate information – Solve problems – Transfer knowledge, skills and ideas • Application
  • Another way of looking at ‘capability’’
  • Global Framework for OHS Practice Role Dimensions: Distinguishing boundaries of the OHS Professional role Domains: Fields of activity within the dimensions Explanatory comments: information on the scope of the activity within the domain Knowledge Topic areas Knowledge categories Illustrative generic topics for each knowledge category Knowledge may be at different levels (Understanding, Applying, Analysing , Evaluating, Synthesising/creating) Skills Skill Action levels define complexity Performance criteria Developed for flexibility
  • Global Framework for OHS Practice Role Dimensions 1. Systems approach 2. Organisational OHS culture 3. OHS risk management 4. Measurement and evaluation of OHS performance 5. Knowledge management 6. Communication, engagement and influence 7. Professional and ethical practice Topic areas 1. Understanding hazards and risks 2. Understanding risk controls 3. Safety and health management 4. Professional role and functioning evaluation of OHS performance 5. Underlying technical and behavioural disciplines 6. Underlying management science Knowledge Skills Plus fields of activity for each dimension 30 knowledge categories Personal and professional skills 7 key skills OHS professional technical skills 5 key skills
  • Underpinning knowledge The OHS Body of Knowledge
  • Model of OHS Practice
  • What is the OHS BoK? • Not a text book or a ‘how to’ • It is key concepts • Can be applied in different contexts and environments • Changes and develops as people engage with it, apply it and extend it by conducting research • Copyright owned by SIA • Accreditation Board is custodian Freely available at
  • Work Safety Health Humans The Organisation System Control Risk Hazards Socio-Political Context Causation Causation impacts on impact s on of of working in which may be considered a which must be under which may contain to minimise which is influenced by by understanding models of by understanding models of PRACTICE
  • Another component of capability Why CPD? • Ensure that the employers, clients, regulators and the community have confidence in the currency of the knowledge and skills of those who provide OHS advice and support
  • Certification = Recognition • Third outcome of OHS Body of Knowledge • Multi-disciplinary oversight council • Certification for each OHS discipline managed by relevant professional body • Generalist – 4 categories – Criteria reflect capability
  • Three levels • Practitioner • Implementer, oversight and drive compliance • Effectively use a range of OHS tools and processes • Work under supervision (may be remote) • Professional • Core of profession • Problem solvers based on conceptual and technical knowledge, analysis of evidence and critical thought mediated by experience • Likely to work solo or give direction to others • High level professional • Designer of strategy and influential with senior managers • High level specialist or strategic skills • Considers broader organisational and social context OHS Professional Roles
  • Certification Criteria Certified OHS practitioner Certified OHS Professional Chartered OHS Prof’snl Qualifications VET Diploma/Adv Diploma OHS Degree, GD or masters OR Alternative Assessment PhD or masters in OHS related area OR Evidence of operating at high levels Experience 2 yrs practice 3 yrs or equiv incl 12 months post education 10 years org experience, 5 yrs OHS Evidence of capable practice Portfolio report Referees Practice report Referees Reflective journal Referees Interview CPD CPD CPD Code of ethics Code of ethics Code of ethics
  • Knowledge Experience Learning from practice Conceptual framework Skills Personal attributes Professional practiceValues Capability Applied in varied and changing circumstances Effective and appropriate action Explain/justify actions Work effectively with others Influence Developing the capability of others Relationships Qualifications CPD Ethics Certification
  • Developing OHS capability in your organisation
  • Developing OHS Capability Package 1. Introduction and guidance for use 2. Developing OHS capability - Background - Employers presentation 3. OHS Professional Capability Statements 4. OHS Body of Knowledge 5. OHS Body of Knowledge Learning Outcomes 6. OHS Capability Gap Analysis and Continuing Professional Development Plan 7. Sample position profiles 8. OHS Qualification Pathways 9. OHS Program Register 10. Guidance on international equivalence of OHS qualifications 11. Certified OHS Professionals 12. Engagement of OHS specialists
  • Developing OHS Capability Package
  • Using the package • Recruiters – Position descriptions – Interview questions • Employers – Position descriptions – Performance appraisals – Management expectations • OHS professionals – Career planning – Education – Professional development
  • Accredited programs Australian Catholic University Bachelor of Commerce (major in OHSE) Central Queensland University Bachelor of OHS Curtin University of Technology Bachelor of Science (HSE) Edith Cowan University Bachelor of Health Science (OHS) University of Queensland Bachelor of OHS (Hons) Undergraduate/bachelor programs
  • Accredited programs Graduate Diploma/Masters programs Grad Dip Masters Australian Catholic University OHSE M   Central Queensland University OHS   Curtin University of Technology OHS   Edith Cowan University OHS   Latrobe University Ergo, S & H   Monash University Occup & Enviro Health   Queensland University of Technology OHS   RMIT University OHS   Federation University OHM  University of Newcastle WHS   University of South Australia OHS M  University of Western Australia WHS  University of Wollongong OHS   University of Queensland OHS Science 
  • VET OHS Qualifications • Uncertainty • Upgraded assessment criteria (August?) • RTO User Guide
  • Supporting partners Auspiced by Contact the Registrar for information on becoming a Supporting Partner