Download the Body of Knowledge chapters

Each chapter is downloaded separately. However users are advised to read the 1.3 Synopsis and 2 Introduction which provide background to the information contained in individual chapters.

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As you will see from the list below and the contents we have been reviewing and updating the OHS BoK chapters.

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ChapterTitleAuthorCurrent VersionView Chapter
1.1Foreword, acknowledgments 2019View Chapter
1.2Contents2020View Chapter
1.3Synopsis of the OHS Body of Knowledge2019View Chapter
2IntroductionPam Pryor 2019 View Chapter
The OHS Professional
3.1The generalist OHS professional in AustraliaPam Pryor and Leo Ruschena2012- New chapter plannedView Chapter
Global concepts
4WorkMike Rafferty and Sally Wright2012- New chapter in developmentView Chapter
5SafetySidney Dekker2019
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6HealthNiki Ellis2012- Under reviewView Chapter
The Human
Biology and Physiology
7.1The Human: As a biological systemKelly Johnstone and Keith Adam2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
8.1The Human: Basic psychological principles Carlo Capponechia2012 - New chapter in developmentView Chapter
8.2The Human: Basic principles of social interaction Bill Pappas, Carlo Capponechia and Eleanor H. Wertheim 2012 - New chapter in developmentView Chapter
Socio-political context
9.1Socio-political context for OHS in Australia Liz Bluff2019View Chapter
9.2Work Health and Safety Law in Australia Neil Foster, Barry Sherriff, Eric Windholtz, Leo Ruschena2020View Chapter
The Organisation
10.1The OrganisationAndrew Hopkins, John Toohey, Dennis Else, Bob Stacy, David Borys, Susanne Tepe2012 - New chapter in developmentView Chapter
10.2.1Organisational Culture: A search for MeaningDavid Borys2019View Chapter
10.2.1BAppendix Organisational Culture: Thematic analysis of data from interviews and focus groups2014View Chapter
10.2.2Organisational Culture: Reviewed and RepositionedDavid Borys2020View Chapter
10.3Governance and OHSFuture Chapter
12.1SystemsDavid Borys, Steve Cowley, Susanne Tepe, Andrew Morrell, Wendy Macdonald 2012 - New chapter in developmentView Chapter
12.2OHS Management SystemsFuture Chapter
12.3.1Rules and proceduresDavid Provan, Andrew Rae2020View Chapter
12.3.2Usability of ProceduresKlaus HoferFuture Chapter
12.4Contractor managementFuture Chapter
12.5OHS performance evaluationFuture Chapter
12.6InvestigationsFuture Chapter
13Managing process safetyTrish Kerin2019View Chapter
14Foundation SciencePam Pryor and Mike Capra2019View Chapter
15Hazards as a conceptPam Pryor2019View Chapter
16Biomechanical HazardsRobin Burgess Limerick2012- New chapter in developmentView Chapter
Chemical Hazards
17Chemical HazardsDino Pisaniello and Susanne Tepe2012 View Chapter
17.2Dusts, fibres and particlesFuture Chapter
17.3Management of chemical hazardsFuture Chapter
17.4Process Hazards (Chemical)Trish Kerin2019View Chapter
18Biological HazardsGeoff Newman-Martin 2012 View Chapter
Psychosocial Hazards
19Psychosocial hazards and occupational stress Kïrsten A Way2012View Chapter
20FatigueJessica L Paterson, Sally A Ferguson and Drew Dawson2020View Chapter
21Bullying, aggression and violenceKïrsten A Way2012View Chapter
Physical Hazards
22.1Occupational NoiseBeno Groothof2019View Chapter
22.2VibrationBeno Groothof2019View Chapter
23.1Electricity Leo Ruschena2019View Chapter
23.2Electricity Appendix - Arc Flash Brett Cleaves 2019View Chapter
24Ionising RadiationMartin L Ralph 2012 View Chapter
25Non-Ionising Radiation – Electromagnetic Leo Ruschena and Martin L Ralph 2019View Chapter
26Thermal environment Ross DiCorleto2019View Chapter
27Gravitational hazardsNeil Adams2019View Chapter
28Plant Tony Payne2012 View Chapter
29Mobile plant Gloria Kyriacou Morosinotto2012View Chapter
30Vehicles and occupational road useRwth Stuckey2019View Chapter
31.1RiskJean Cross2019View Chapter
31.2OHS risk and decision making Carmel Bofinger, Jan Hayes, Chris Bearman, Derek Viner2019View Chapter
32Models of causation: Safety Yvonne Toft, Geoff Dell, Karen K Klockner and Allison Hutton2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
33Models of causation: Health determinantsWendy Macdonald2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
34.1Control: Prevention and interventionLeo Ruschena 2019View Chapter
34.2User-Centered Safe Design approach to control Tim Horberry, Robin Burgess-Limerick, Neil Storey, Matthew Thomas, Leo Ruschena, Margaret Cook, Chad Pettitt2019View Chapter
34.3Health and safety in design Australian Institute of Health and Safety 2019View Chapter
34.4Design of work Future Chapter
35Mitigation of health impactsAustralian Institute of Health and Safety with Australian New Zealand Society of Occupational Medicine 2019View Chapter
36Emergency management Andrew Stanbury 2019View Chapter
37.1Introduction to ‘practice’ as a concept2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
37.2A problem-solving model of OHS practice Pam Pryor and Susanne Tepe2019View Chapter
37.3OHS professional practice for the 2020sFuture Chapter
37.4Workers Working from HomePam Pryor and David Provan2020View Chapter
Professional attributes
38.1Working in organisations Future Chapter
38.2Leadership and the OHS professional Future Chapter
38.3Ethics and Professional PracticeAustralian Institute of Health and Safety2019View Chapter
Professional attributesFuture Chapter
39.1The OHS professional as a ‘critical consumer’ of researchPauline Zardo and Pam Pryor 2012 - Under reviewView Chapter
39.2The OHS Professional as a workplace researcherFuture Chapter