A Safety Practitioner
Capability Framework
Matthew Perriman
Regional Manager
HBA Learning Centres
2014 Perth Safety Confer...
Overview
• Understanding of workplace
competency and capability1
• Attributes of a safety
practitioner2
• Maintenance of c...
Capability and Competency
• Why does it concern me?
• I’m qualified – therefore I’m competent and
capable, right?
Competency
• Defined by National Centre for Vocational
Education and Research (NCVER) as
“The consistent application of kn...
Competency
• Not as simple as it seems!
• Dimensions:
– Task Skills
– Task Management
– Contingency Management
– Environme...
Formal Recognition Of Competency
• AQF Qualifications
• Should be more than just a piece of paper!
Capability
“Capability is a feature, faculty or process
that can be developed or improved.
Capability is a collaborative p...
Capability Framework
• A Capability Framework defines the skills,
knowledge and abilities that are relevant to
the WHS pra...
Existing models
• AQF Qualifications
• OHS BoK
• Learning Outcomes per each chapter
• Today is about conceptualising the i...
Attributes of a WHS practitioner
• What is a practitioner?
• What is “WHS Practice”?
WHS Practice
• Work impacts on the safety and health of humans who
work in organisations. Organisations are influenced by
...
Building a framework
• Skills
• Knowledge
• Attributes
Skills
• Application of specialised or general
competencies – what can the WHS
professional DO?
Knowledge
Attributes
Skills
Specific Practice Skills
Application of legislative frameworks
Implementation and application of Risk Management including...
Specific Practice Skills
Application of legislative frameworks
Implementation and application of Risk Management
Analysis,...
Knowledge
• Understanding of specialised and
generalist information, concepts, and/or
conceptual frameworks – what does th...
Specialised Practice Knowledge
Relevant legislative and/or regulatory frameworks
Application and purpose of WHSMS/OHSMS
Co...
Attributes
• Characteristics of the individual as a
worker/professional within the practice
environment – what is the WHS
...
Characteristics/Attributes
Ethical – personally and professionally
Accountable
Integrity
Honesty
Awareness of self as memb...
Knowledge
Attributes
Skills
Currency
• Holding a qualification or accreditation
does not necessarily prove competency
• Currency is dynamic and situat...
Ensuring Currency
• CPD (formal or user-driven)
• Ongoing qualifications
• Self-study options
• Networking
• Critical refl...
Knowledge
Attributes
Skills
Ongoing currency
maintenance
The future
• Application of clearly defined models of
practice and capability frameworks will
lead to stronger outcomes fo...
Conclusion
• Competency and Capability are multi-
faceted and complex
• The profile or capability framework of a
WHS profe...
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Matthew Perriman 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.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.safetyinaction.com.au/SIAPerth14

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Matthew Perriman - HBA Learning Centres - The safety practitioner capability framework

  1. 1. A Safety Practitioner Capability Framework Matthew Perriman Regional Manager HBA Learning Centres 2014 Perth Safety Conference
  2. 2. Overview • Understanding of workplace competency and capability1 • Attributes of a safety practitioner2 • Maintenance of currency3
  3. 3. Capability and Competency • Why does it concern me? • I’m qualified – therefore I’m competent and capable, right?
  4. 4. Competency • Defined by National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) as “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.”
  5. 5. Competency • Not as simple as it seems! • Dimensions: – Task Skills – Task Management – Contingency Management – Environment – Transferability
  6. 6. Formal Recognition Of Competency • AQF Qualifications • Should be more than just a piece of paper!
  7. 7. Capability “Capability is a feature, faculty or process that can be developed or improved. Capability is a collaborative process that can be deployed and through which individual competences can be applied and exploited.”
  8. 8. Capability Framework • A Capability Framework defines the skills, knowledge and abilities that are relevant to the WHS practitioner, regardless of their location, organisation, or role • Provides a common language to help individuals understand what is required of them.
  9. 9. Existing models • AQF Qualifications • OHS BoK • Learning Outcomes per each chapter • Today is about conceptualising the idea of capability – understanding the skills, knowledge, and attributes of a successful safety professional.
  10. 10. Attributes of a WHS practitioner • What is a practitioner? • What is “WHS Practice”?
  11. 11. WHS Practice • Work impacts on the safety and health of humans who work in organisations. Organisations are influenced by the socio-political context. • Organisations may be considered a system which may contain hazards which must be under control to minimise risk. This can be achieved by understanding models of causation for safety and for health which will result in improvement in the safety and health of people at work. • The OHS professional applies professional practice to influence the organisation to bring about this improvement. HaSPA (Health and Safety Professionals Alliance).(2012). The Core Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals. Tullamarine, VIC. Safety Institute of Australia.
  12. 12. Building a framework • Skills • Knowledge • Attributes
  13. 13. Skills • Application of specialised or general competencies – what can the WHS professional DO? Knowledge Attributes Skills
  14. 14. Specific Practice Skills Application of legislative frameworks Implementation and application of Risk Management including auditing Analysis, development and measurement of WHS indicators in reviewing performance Responding to incidents including investigation and reporting Involvement in and promotion of health and well being programs Provision of advice and guidance through consultation and participative processes Use of standardised tools (AS/NZS, ISO) General Professional Practice Skills Critical literacy Active listening Interpersonal communication – verbal/non-verbal/written Coaching or mentoring Computer / ICT literacy Negotiation and conflict resolution
  15. 15. Specific Practice Skills Application of legislative frameworks Implementation and application of Risk Management Analysis, development and measurement of WHS indicators in reviewing performance Responding to incidents including investigation and reporting Promotion in and promotion of health and well being programs Provision of advice and guidance through consultation and participative processes Use of standardised tools (AS/NZS, ISO) General Professional Practice Skills Critical literacy Active listening Interpersonal communication – verbal/non-verbal/written Coaching or mentoring Computer / ICT literacy Negotiation and conflict resolution ‘Meta’ Skills as identified by OHS BoK: Consultation and Building Relationships Working within an organisational context
  16. 16. Knowledge • Understanding of specialised and generalist information, concepts, and/or conceptual frameworks – what does the WHS professional KNOW or UNDERSTAND? Knowledge Attributes Skills
  17. 17. Specialised Practice Knowledge Relevant legislative and/or regulatory frameworks Application and purpose of WHSMS/OHSMS Core concepts of Risk Management and related models Models of OHS practice Strategic and management planning Research, analysis, interpretation, critical thinking Problem solving techniques Causation models Project and change management
  18. 18. Attributes • Characteristics of the individual as a worker/professional within the practice environment – what is the WHS professional LIKE? Knowledge Attributes Skills
  19. 19. Characteristics/Attributes Ethical – personally and professionally Accountable Integrity Honesty Awareness of self as member of community of practice Awareness of self as a learner Responsibility for maintenance of skills/knowledge
  20. 20. Knowledge Attributes Skills
  21. 21. Currency • Holding a qualification or accreditation does not necessarily prove competency • Currency is dynamic and situational • Currency of information accessed and currency of self are both important.
  22. 22. Ensuring Currency • CPD (formal or user-driven) • Ongoing qualifications • Self-study options • Networking • Critical reflection (Kolb’s Cycle)
  23. 23. Knowledge Attributes Skills Ongoing currency maintenance
  24. 24. The future • Application of clearly defined models of practice and capability frameworks will lead to stronger outcomes for new graduates of AQF qualifications, but also provide guiding reference for experienced practitioners to critically reflect.
  25. 25. Conclusion • Competency and Capability are multi- faceted and complex • The profile or capability framework of a WHS professional can provide structure and a common language for understanding the role of the WHS professional

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