Launch of the OHS Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals brings certainty to the OHS profession
The OHS Body of Knowledge was launched on 18 April 2012 at the SIA
National Convention, Safety in Action. The OHS Body of Knowledge
describes the core knowledge expected of OHS professionals, and provides
a basis for accrediting OHS graduate and post graduate courses (not VET
courses such as OHS Certificate III or IV).
Greg Tweedly, CEO of WorkSafe Victoria explained that “The accreditation
process will play a significant role in both raising the standard of
professional OHS advice and giving employers great confidence when
engaging OHS expertise.”
The need for a body of knowledge for OHS professionals was identified in
reviews of OHS legislation and OHS education in Australia.
The OHS Body of Knowledge has been developed as an e-book and will be
regularly amended and updated as people use it and as the evidence base
expands. Whether you are an OHS professional, an educator or use or
employ the services of OHS professionals then make sure you are part of
The CEO of the SIA, Mr Keith Brown, said “This is an important step for the generalist OHS profession”.
For OHS educators the OHS Body of Knowledge will inform program
development and learning materials. Prospective OHS students will have
their accredited education programs developed by taking account of the
OHS Body of Knowledge.
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