The OHS Body of Knowledge Development
The development of the initial version of the OHS Body of Knowledge was overseen by an independent Technical Panel chaired by a representative of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety (AIHS).
The development of the OHS BoK is managed by the AIHS through the Manager of the OHS Body of Knowledge.
The Board of the AIHS and the Manager of the OHS Body of Knowledge benefit from the strategic advice and support of the OHS Body of Knowledge Advisory Panel.
The role of the OHS Body of Knowledge Advisory Panel is to provide high level oversight of the OHS Body of Knowledge to ensure that it is fit-for-purpose in defining the ‘special knowledge’ that underpins OHS professional education and continuing professional development.
With a background in OHS consulting and OHS education Pam now specialises in activities around OHS capability and related aspects of OHS professionality. In her current role as Manager OHS Body of Knowledge Development focuses on the ongoing maintenance and further development of the OHS Body of Knowledge and associated resources.
As the OHS Body of Knowledge is a key component in the accreditation criteria for OHS professional education the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board has role in:
• Ensuring that the priorities for new chapters and the review schedule for existing chapters takes account of priority topics for OHS education.
• Monitoring and providing feedback so that the quality and evidence-base in individual chapters reflects current OHS research and leading edge thinking and so provides a suitable standard for OHS education.
Having funded the first edition of the OHS Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals, WorkSafe Victoria assigned the copyright to the Safety Institute of Australia. The Australian Institute of Health & Safety (AIHS) now ‘owns’ the publication and supports its ongoing maintenance and development to ensure it reflects current OHS research and practice.
The OHS Body of Knowledge is the foundation of the AIHS Capability Agenda
OHS legislation in most Australian states allows for Enforceable Undertakings as remedies for certain types of legislative breaches. Information for lawyers and employers on benefits of directing EUs to the OHS BoK.