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The OHS Body of Knowledge takes a conceptual approach which enables it to be applied in different contexts and frameworks. To optimise its value for education and professional development learning outcomes have been developed for each technical chapter in the Body of Knowledge. The learning outcomes as described  give an indication of what should be the capabilities of an OHS professional; it is up to those developing OHS education programs, OHS professionals planning their CPD or recruiters or employers selecting or developing people for the OHS function to consider the required breadth vs. depth .

Please read the section on using the learning outcomes before delving into the leaning outcomes of the individual chapters.

The numbers against each learning outcome refer to the chapter number of the BOK download page. No learning outcomes have been developed for the chapters considered introductory or underpinning knowledge (that is chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 1, .13, 14, 15.)

Using the OHS BOK learning outcomes

Socio-political context

8 OHS BOK LO Sociopolitical context – OHS law and regulation in Australia

8.2 OHS BoK LO Sociopolitical context -Principles of OHS Law

9 OHS BOK LO Sociopolitical context – Business, technological and industrial imperatives

The organisation

10 OHS BOK LO The Organisation


11 OHS BOK LO Systems

11.3 OHS BOK LO Managing process safety

Hazards and their mechanisms of action and related controls

16 OHS BOK LO Hazard Biomechanical

17 OHS BOK LO Hazard Chemical

17.3 OHS BOX LO Process Hazards (Chemical)

18 OHS BOK LO Hazard Biological

19 OHS BOK LO Hazard Psychosocial

20 OHS BOK LO Hazard Fatigue

21 OHS BOK LO Hazard Bullying aggression and violence

22 OHS BOK LO Hazard Noise and vibration

23 OHS BOK LO Hazard Electricity

24 OHS BOK LO Hazard Ionising radiation

25 OHS BOK LO Hazard Non ionising radiation

26 OHS BOK LO Hazard Thermal environment

27 OHS BOK LO Hazard Gravitational

28 OHS BOK LO Hazard Plant

29 OHS BOK LO Hazard Mobile plant

30 OHS BOK LO Hazard Vehicles and occupational road use


31 OHS BOK LO Risk


32 OHS BOK LO Models of causation – Safety

33 OHS BOK Models of causation – Health determinants


34 OHS BOK LO Control -Prevention and mitigation

35 OHS BOK LO Mitigation Emergency preparedness

36 OHS BOK Mitigation – Health impacts


38 OHS BOK LO Model of practice

39 OHS BOK LO Practice – Critical consumer of research


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In becoming a l…

Videos now available

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