The International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organisations (INSHPO) launched the Global Capability Framework for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals at the Fluoro Conference, held in Perth earlier this week.
The result of three years development and consultation across 11 countries with input from occupational health and safety professionals, OHS educators and OHS professional and certifying bodies, the framework brings clarity to the generalist OHS role.
The framework describes the activities that an OHS professional can be expected to undertake and the required underpinning knowledge.
It also details the personal, professional and technical skills required for effective OHS practice along with performance criteria for each skill. This emphasis on skills addresses a gap often noted in technically oriented OHS professionals.
Chair of the Safety Institute of Australia Patrick Murphy commended INSHPO on the work, noting that with its international orientation it will be an important addition to the developments currently advancing the profession in Australia.
“We await the completion of the OHS Practitioner Framework, which together with accreditation of OHS education and certification of OHS Professionals and OHS Practitioners will contribute to the step-change for the OHS profession in Australia,” he said.