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In developing the OHS Body of Knowledge it was determined that it would meet the requirements of a profession as “possessing special knowledge and skills in a widely recognised body of learning derived from research, education and training at a high level” (Professions Australia, 1997)

The OHS Body of Knowledge takes a ‘conceptual’ approach. As concepts are abstract, the OHS professional needs to organise the concepts into a framework in order to solve a problem. The overall framework used to structure the OHS Body of Knowledge is that:

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 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 being about this improvement.

This can be represented as:

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OHS Body of Knowledge chapters address these key concepts with a number of key concepts having sub-concepts addressed by additional chapters.

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OHS Body of Knowledge extended to address process safety

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OHS Research Forum 26th November 2015

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Chisholm Institute demonstrates commitment to OHS by supporting OHS Body of Knowledge

The Safety Institute of Australia and the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board today formally announce Chisholm Institute as a license holder for the OHS Body of Knowledge.

In becoming a l…

Videos now available

View videos of the presentations at the launch of the second edition of the OHS Body of Knowledge. See Andrew Hopkins speak on the role of knowledge. Hear Associate Professor Neil Foster give a summar…

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