Launch of Edition 2
Four chapters of the OHS Body of Knowledge were launched on the 29th October to an appreciative audience at RMIT University in Melbourne. Funded by Safe Work Australia, the new chapters take the OHS Body of Knowledge into a new era by addressing Principles of OHS Law, User-centered safe design approach to control, Organisational Culture and OHS risk and decision making.
In launching the new chapters Julia Collins, Acting Branch Manager, Review and Engagement, Safe Work Australia highlighted the contribution the OHS Body of Knowledge to the strategic outcome of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-22. The Australian Strategy and the OHS Body of Knowledge share the vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives, with the OHS Body of Knowledge being a key factor in the strategic outcome that those who provide WHS education, training and advice have the appropriate capabilities.
Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins used examples of workplace failures to demonstrate the importance of knowledge in underpinning effective OHS advice. Professor Hopkins presentation was followed by a panel session comprised of chapter authors and OHS professionals which introduced the key concepts in the chapters.
In closing, Pam Pryor, Registrar of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board sent a clear message to all OHS Professionals that the Victorian WorkCover Authority and now Safe Work Australia have made major contributions to moving the profession forward it; is now up to the OHS profession and individual OHS professionals to take up the challenge set in the Australian Strategy that those providing OHS advice have appropriate capabilities. This challenge was supported by the statement of ongoing commitment to the OHS Body of Knowledge made by the CEO of the Safety Institute of Australia, David Clarke.
View videos of the launch
- Part 1: Opening – Associate Professor Susanne Tepe, RMIT; David Clarke, Safety Institute of Australia; Julia Collins, Safe Work Australia; Ross Pilkington WorkSafe Victoria
- Part 2: Launch of new chapters – Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins – The role of knowledge as a conceptual framework to underpin OHS professional practice
- Part 3: Panel session –Principles of OHS Law
- Part 4: Panel session – Organisational Culture
- Part 5: Panel session – User-centred, Safe Design
- Part 6: Panel session – OHS Risk and Decision-making
- Part 7: Future directions for OHS Body of Knowledge