April 2012: OHS Body of Knowledge Workshops

In April 2012 the Safety Institute of Australia together with the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board conducted a series of four workshops three of which were based on the OHS Body of Knowledge and one was an ergonomics update for generalist OHS professionals. Each workshop was presented over one day with participant numbers limited to 30. They were workshops in the true sense with each workshop involving case studies, interactive group work and practical examples. The workshops were purposefully pitched at a high level to challenge participants. The presenters were all well known as being specialists in their field, many of whom contributed to the OHS Body of Knowledge as authors or peer-reviewers.

Each of the workshops was ‘sold out’. Participant feedback rated these workshops highly in content, knowledge of presenters and value of material.

“More workshops over more days please. Could have gone to 3 or 4 sessions!”

The workshop material was considered so useful that the major ‘improvement’ comment was that that materials should have been circulated earlier for more in-depth pre-reading.

Organisational leadership and decision making for OHS professionals

John Toohey, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University

“The best one day workshop I have ever attended – entertaining, thought provoking and informative.”

Systems Thinking for OHS professionals

John Barton, Centre for Integrative Systems, University of Queensland and Susanne Tepe, RMIT University

“An excellent workshop, very worthwhile attending.”

Managing psychosocial hazards and bullying from an OHS perspective

Kïrsten Way, The University of Queensland

“More people will want to do this workshop when they hear how successful today was.”

Ergonomics and Human Factors update

This workshop was developed by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia and presented by Chris Fitzgerald, Fiona Begg, Stephen Isam and David Caple

“Great presenters, really worthwhile, four for the price of one.”


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