The process of developing and structuring the main content of the first edition of OHS Body of Knowledge was managed by a Technical Panel with representation from Victorian universities that teach OHS and from the Safety Institute of Australia, which is the main professional body for generalist OHS professionals in Australia. The Panel developed an initial conceptual framework which was then amended in accord with feedback received from OHS tertiary-level educators throughout Australia and the wider OHS profession. Specialist authors were invited to contribute chapters, which were then subjected to peer review and editing. It is anticipated that the resultant OHS Body of Knowledge will in future be regularly amended and updated as people use it and as the evidence base expands.
The development of later chapters has taken a more inclusive approach with the chapter structure being determined by a topic-specific technical panel, the chapter itself frequently being the result of collaborative writing and the implications for practice being identified through workshops and focus groups.
In 2013-14 Safe Work Australia supported the development of four new chapters in the OHS Body of Knowledge which are available on the Download .Principles of work health and safety law, Organisational culture, Risk and decision making, and User centred safe design
A program for review and development of additional chapters is being complied in consultation with OHS professionals and academics. Have your say on the priorities for future development. Go to page on Future development.