Critical reflection on the SIA’s professional project and the body of knowledge

Pearse, Warwick & Paul, Gunther (2013) Critical reflection on the SIA’s professional project and the body of knowledge. In Antonovsky, Ari (Ed.) Proceedings of the 49th Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA) Annual Conference, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA), University Club of Western Australia, Perth, WA, pp. 1-7.

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Over the last few years the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) has developed and implemented a number of strategies to gain professional status for the ‘generalist occupational health and safety professional’. Two of the most significant developments have been the publication of the ‘Core Body of Knowledge for the Generalist OHS Professional.’ and the accreditation of university OHS courses.

Despite a considerable amount of work aimed at gaining professional status there has not been any public debate or reflection about how the professionalisation project may impact on OHS and how the project is being conducted. Professionalisation has been vigorously promoted as a sign of maturity for the SIA and which will provide unmitigated benefits for workplace health and safety.

The aim of this paper is to critically reflect on the processes of professionalisation (the professional project) and discuss some of the ways in which this project may shape the field of occupational health and safety. The implications for the role of universities will also be discussed.

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ID Code: 61585
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Professional accreditation, OHS Professional, Tertiary education, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2013 22:59
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2015 13:13

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