Chapter 3.1: The Generalist OHS professional in Australia

Chapter 3.1 The generalist OHS professional in Australia

Organisations make decisions within a socio-political context that encompasses business, technology and industrial relations imperatives. Such decisions have impacts, often latent, on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) risks within the workplace. The OHS professional needs to understand the organisation within which they consult, either internally or externally, so that they can influence the decision to minimise adverse OHS outcomes from decisions related to these imperatives. A socio-technical systems framework is used to discuss these issues.

Keywords: organisation, organisational maturity, leadership, management, culture, strategy, OHS performance measurement
First year of publication: 2012
Current Version: 2012

Chapter 3.1 The generalist OHS professional in Australia, 2012

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Evolution of generalist OHS Professional role
3 The requirement for workplaces to have qualified advice
4 The current environment
4.1 Economic and industrial environment
4.2 Legislative environment
4.3 Management practices
4.4 National Policy
4.5 Perceptions of the generalist OHS profession
4.6 Major OHS paradigm
5 The generalist OHS professional
5.1 Role and focus
5.2 Work arrangements
5.3 OHS professional education
5.4 Professional recognition
6 A new era for the generalist OHS professional 
6.1 The OHS Body of Knowledge
6.2 Accreditation of OHS professional education
6.3 Professional certification
6.4 Relationships with other OHS professional groups
6.5 Relationships with OHS regulators and policy makers
7 Summary
Appendix: Evolution of the role of the generalist OHS professional in Australia
A1 Introduction
A2 Before 1900
A3 1900 – 1930
A4 1930 – 1970
A5 1970s
A6 1980s
A7 1990s
A8 2000s

Emeritus Professor Andrew Hopkins PhD.FSIA
School of Sociology, Australian National University

Professor John Toohey BSocWk(Hons), MSW, PhD
Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University

Dr Robert Stacy PhD, MSc, FSIA, MErg,
CPE Group Manager, Zero Harm, Downer

Professor Dennis Else FSIA(Hon)
University of Ballarat; Director, Sustainability, Safety and Health, Brookfield Multiplex

Moderators Associate Professor Susanne Tepe PhD, MBA, MOS, FSIA
RMIT University

Dr David Borys PhD, MAppSc(OHS), GDipOHM, GCertEd, AssDipAppSc(OHS), FSIA
Senior Lecturer, VIOSH Australia, University of Ballarat

Learning Outcomes: The generalist OHS professional in Australia, 2012

No learning outcomes have been developed for this chapter as it is considered introductory or underpinning knowledge.