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Pam Pryor, Registrar, Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board -- How do we lift the knowledge state for safety practitioners?

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Pam Pryor delivered this presentation at the Safety in Action 2014 Conference in Melbourne. This conference brings thought leadership and showcases topical, innovative safety methods and …

Pam Pryor delivered this presentation at the Safety in Action 2014 Conference in Melbourne. This conference brings thought leadership and showcases topical, innovative safety methods and practices.

For more information, please visit http://www.safetyinaction.net.au/SIA2014Melbourne

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  • 1. The Knowledge Base for OHS Professionals Safety in Action, 2104 Pam Pryor Registrar
  • 2. Today • The OHS role- some perspectives • Competency v capability • Knowledge as a conceptual framework • The OHS Body of Knowledge • Developing your OHS capability • Developing organisational capability
  • 3. OHS is a management responsibility Due diligence includes doing all that is reasonably practicable to obtain appropriate advice and being able to demonstrate that it is reasonable to rely on that advice But managers need specialist advice
  • 4. Strategic outcome • Those providing work health and safety education, training and advice have the appropriate capabilities
  • 5. ‘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
  • 6. ‘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
  • 7. Model of OHS Practice
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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 www.ohseducationaccreditation.org.au
  • 10. Times are changing! • Nature of work • Nature of hazards • Community expectations • Harmonisation and model legislation • Australian WHS Strategy 2012-2022 • Changing views on the OHS function within organisations • Changes within the OHS profession • University and VET quality and standards processes
  • 11. Underpinning knowledge The OHS Body of Knowledge
  • 12. What is the OHS BoK? • Not a text book or a ‘how to’ • The key concepts that an OHS professional should be able to engage with to understand and control work- related fatality, injury, disease and ill-health (FIDI) • Can be applied in different contexts and environments • Changes and develops as people engage with it, apply it and extend it by conducting research
  • 13. 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
  • 14. What is the OHS BoK? • An outcome of the OHS Body of Knowledge project funded by WorkSafe Victoria • Copyright owned by SIA • Accreditation Board is custodian responsible for updating • Freely available via web site www. ohsbok.org.au
  • 15. Development of OHS BoK Edition 1, April 2012 • Technical Panel • Consultation with OHS professionals and OHS educators • 42 ‘specialist’ authors, 31 peer reviewers, academic editing, 39 chapters Edition 2, June 2014 (supported by Safe Work Australia) • Principles of OHS Law • Organisational culture • Risk and decision making • User centred and safe design Edition ?? • Evaluating OHS performance • Occupational health and fitness for work
  • 16. OHS BODY of KNOWLEDGE • Free download and print for single copies of individual chapters • Electronic version (USB) can be purchased for $50 • Hard copy can be purchased ($480) • Small licence fee for multiple copies for corporate and training purposes www.ohsbok.org.au info@ohsbok.org.au
  • 17. OHS BOK Learning Outcomes • What operational activities? • What cognitive and technical skills to – Analyse, critically evaluate and transform information? – Analyse and generate solutions to complex problems? – Transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to others? For each chapter of the OHS Body of Knowledge Structure derived from the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)
  • 18. Developing your OHS capability • Further qualifications • CPD – Self study – OHS BOK workshops • Reflective practice – Reflective journal – Peer collaboration and review
  • 19. Developing OHS capability in your organisation www.ohseducationaccreditation.org.au
  • 20. Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board Vision • That OHS professional education is based on strong scientific and technical concepts, evidence-informed, delivered by competent persons and so recognised by the profession, government, industry and the community
  • 21. Supporting partners Auspiced by Contact the Registrar for information on becoming a Supporting Partner
  • 22. Activities • Recognise those university-level programs that meet the accreditation criteria • Custodian of the OHS Body of Knowledge • Advocate for a sustainable environment for OHS education
  • 23. www.ohseducationaccreditation.org.au