The development of the initial version of the OHS Body of Knowledge was overseen by an independent Technical Panel chaired by the Pam Pryor as the Safety Institute of Australia representative. With the signing-over of the copyright of the OHS Body of Knowledge to the SIA (with conditions), the governance of the OHS BoK was ceded to the Board of the SIA.
The governance role was partly delegated to the board of Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board, with the management of the OHS Body of Knowledge falling to the then registrar of AOHSEAB, Pam Pryor.
More recently, the role of maintaining and developing the body of Knowledge- both governance and management – has been separated from the Accreditation Board and registrar respectively. The Body of Knowledge is now managed by Pam Pryor under contract to the SIA through the CEO.
The Board of the SIA and the Manager OHS Body of Knowledge Development benefit from the strategic advice and support of the OHS Body of Knowledge Advisory Panel.
The Manager OHS Body of Knowledge Development
With a background in OHS consulting and OHS education Pam now specialises in activities around OHS capability and related aspects of OHS professionality. Her perspective on OHS capability includes OHS education and training, capability and competency frameworks, accreditation of OHS education and certification of OHS professionals.
Pam was the chair of the Technical Panel that developed the OHS Body of Knowledge and inaugural Registrar of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board. 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.
Pam is also involved in an international research network on OHS capability and was a key player in the development of the Global OHS Capability Framework.
Pam received an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2018 for her contribution to OHS through leadership and advisory roles, particularly in developing standards for education frameworks. Her work is also recognised by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) who awarded her the 2017-18 President’s Award for her contribution to the Global OHS Capability Framework and the development of the OHS Body of Knowledge.