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The OHS Body of Knowledge is the collective knowledge that should be shared by Australian generalist OHS professionals to provide a sound basis for understanding the causation and control of work related fatality, injury, disease and ill health (FIDI). This knowledge can be described in terms of its key concepts and language, its core theories and related empirical evidence, and the application of these to facilitate a safe and healthy workplace.

Background

A defined body of knowledge is required as a basis for professional certification and for accreditation of education programs giving entry to a profession. The lack of such a body of knowledge for OHS profes-sionals was identified in reviews of OHS legislation and OHS education in Australia. After a 2009 scoping study, WorkSafe Victoria provided funding to support a national project to develop and implement a core body of knowledge for generalist OHS professionals in Australia.

Audience

The OHS Body of Knowledge provides a basis for accreditation of OHS professional education programs and certification of individual OHS profes-sionals. It provides guidance for OHS educators in course development, and for OHS professionals and professional bodies in developing continuing profes-sional development activities. Also, OHS regulators, employers and recruiters may find it useful for benchmarking OHS professional practice.

Application

Importantly, the OHS Body of Knowledge is neither a textbook nor a curriculum; rather it describes the key concepts, core theories and related evidence that should be shared by Australian generalist OHS professionals. This knowledge will be gained through a combination of education and experience.

The application of the OHS Body of Knowledge will be facilitated by the learning outcomes currently being developed to describe the core activities that a new graduate generalist OHS professional should be able to do as an outcome of engaging with the Body of Knowledge.

Information Sheets

Download the OHS Body of Knowledge – Information sheet No 1

Download the OHS Body of Knowledge – Information sheet No 2

Download the OHS Body of Knowledge – Information sheet No 3: Corporate Support

News

OHS Body of Knowledge extended to address process safety

This week the Safety Institute of Australia launches two new chapters for the OHS Body of Knowledge (OHS BoK). Developed in conjunction with the Institution of Chemical Engineers, these chapters on Pr…

Safety Institute of Australia and IChemE to jointly develop guide for OHS Generalists on Process Safety

The Safety Institute of Australia and the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board, together with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Safety Centre, have announced a joint project to de…

OHS Research Forum 26th November 2015

As custodian of the OHS Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board has an interest in promoting OHS research and ensuring its translation and d…

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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