Reflection on the SIA Ltd professional project and the body of knowledge

Pearse, Warwick, McCosker, Laura, & Paul, Gunther (2015) Reflection on the SIA Ltd professional project and the body of knowledge. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 31(1).

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In the last five years the Safety Institute of Australia Limited (SIA) has developed and implemented a number of strategies to gain professional recognition for the ‘generalist occupational health and safety (OHS) professional’ in Australia and internationally. Despite a considerable amount of work by the SIA aimed at gaining professional status, there does not appear to have been any published debate or reflection about how the drive for professionalism (the ‘professional project’) will contribute to the prevention of occupational disease and injury. Professionalisation has been promoted as a sign of maturity for the SIA and as an unquestionably good outcome, as it has been assumed that professionalisation 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 the ways in which this project may shape the field of occupational health and safety.

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ID Code: 81786
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: OHS, Professionalisation, SIA, Professional Project, Body of Knowledge
ISSN: 1837-9362
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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
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 2015 CCH Australia Ltd.
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2015 23:21
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 08:06

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