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About the Chartered OHS Professional Reflective Practice Report

The Chartered OHS Professional Reflective Practice Report is an important document in the assessment for certification as a Chartered OHS Professional. The Report is used by those applying to articulate and reflect on their OHS knowledge and capability to demonstrate their level of professional practice and to increase understanding of practice. Assessment is evaluated at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 9.

The Reflective Practice Report can take a number of forms – it may be a journal that is completed over a period of time (say 6-10 weeks, which is cited as a suitable time period), alternatively if records such as emails and diary/file entries are available the reflection may be retrospective, especially if it refers to a particular event or issue. Reports are treated as confidential documents for the purposes of assessment.

The entry boxes in the Report Form are expandable so the size of the box is not an indication of the depth of reflection. The reflective process is driven by the applicant; they must determine the length of the text entry. The example Reflective Practice Report included in this guide is an indication of the length of the Report that may be submitted.

An important aspect of completing the Reflective Practice Report is to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing. It is worthwhile taking time in completing the report and ensuring the style of writing is clear and easy to understand. Consider asking a colleague or friend to read the report and provide feedback to improve the report before submitting.

The report may be submitted in MS Word or in pdf format and should be ready to upload as part of the Chartered OHS Professional application.

Completing the Chartered OHS Professional Reflective Practice Report

The Chartered OHS Professional Reflective Practice Report has 5 sections:

1. Autobiographical Review

This section requires the applicant to review how they got to where they are now, to help them gain a sense of development and growth and to set the context for their reflection. There is no set criteria or length requirement. Questions to consider are included in the Reflective Practice Report Form.  The autobiographical review should consider personal and professional background and set the context for their reflection on current practice.

2. Reflection on Capabilities

This section requires applicants to reflect on their cognitive, technical and communication skills to demonstrate they are operating the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 9. They may reflect on their OHS professional capabilities by considering their practice as a whole or by examining a recent event, project or activity. Key areas to be included are listed in the Reflective Practice Report.

Within the reflection on capabilities, applicants should demonstrate their ability to objectively undertake a self-appraisal and realistically consider strategies for addressing any gaps. Personal reflections are important, questions to consider are included in the Reflective Practice Report.

3. Reflection on Practice

This section requires applicants to consider a recent event or activity that caused them to reflect on their practice. The event or activity should be described, with a reflection on what occurred and the applicant’s response to ‘theorise’ what happened and the implications. This should be a free flowing description, questions to consider are included in the Reflective Practice Report.

Within their reflections, applicants should also demonstrate an ability to reflect on learning, the ability to question pre conceptions, to see connections between knowledge, beliefs and practices and an understanding that a situation may be approached from a number of angles.

4. Summary

This section should detail reflections from preparing the Reflective Practice Report, in particular perceptions of how OHS practice is undertaken, the identification of areas for change, how these changes may be approached and any other conclusions drawn about practice.

The summary comments should demonstrate the applicants ability to reflect on practice and synthesise outcomes of the reflection to identify areas for further development, beyond the reflective report.

5. Declaration

Applicants are required to confirm that the information they have provided within the Reflective Practice Report is a true and correct description and analysis of the OHS practice undertaken. For this reason, applicants are required to sign the declaration. Reports that are not signed will not be processed and will be returned to the Applicant for signing.

Useful Resources

Listed below are resources to assist in reflecting on practice and completing the Reflective Practice Report:

  • Pryor, P., Ruschena, L. (2012)The Generalist OHS Professional in Australia , in HaSPA (Health and Safety Professionals Alliance), The Core Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals, Tullamarine, VIC, Australian Institute of Health & Safety
  • Turner, P. (2012) Introduction to Practice as a Concept , in HaSPA (Health and Safety Professionals Alliance), The Core Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals, Tullamarine, VIC, Australian Institute of Health & Safety
  • Pryor, P., Tepe, S. (2012) Model of OHS Practice, in HaSPA (Health and Safety Professionals Alliance), The Core Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals, Tullamarine, VIC, Australian Institute of Health & Safety
  • Zardo, P., Pryor, P. (2012) The OHS Professional as a ‘Critical Consumer’ of Research, in HaSPA (Health and Safety Professionals Alliance), The Core Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals, Tullamarine, VIC, Australian Institute of Health & Safety

Skill Descriptors in the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF).

COMMUNICATION CAPABILITIES

COHSPract

COHSProf

ChOHSP

AQF5/6

AQF 7

AQF 8

AQF 9

Use a range of media and strategies to communicate OHS information and knowledge to others in the workplace.

Coach/train others in the workplace in OHS skills.

Select and appropriately apply a broad range of communication skills and formats to explain technical information and concepts to workplace audiences.

Convey technical information and theoretical concepts in a clear, concise and logical manner giving underpinning rationale.

Interpret and tailor information to communicate knowledge and ideas to a range of audiences using an appropriate communication strategies.

Demonstrate written, oral and non-verbal communication skills that reflect empathy for the audience.

Interpret and tailor technical information, complex concepts and theories to communicate knowledge and ideas to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences using an appropriate range of communication strategies.

Provide the evidence-base and logical reasoning to explain the risks and benefits of a range of options and justify relevant propositions and recommendations.

Engage in evidence-informed reflective practice, evaluative activities and professional discussion with a view to testing ideas through

peer appraisal.

 

 

APPLICATION CAPABILITIES

COHS Pract

COHSProf

ChOHSP

AQF5/6

AQF 7

AQF 8

AQF 9

Reliable in meeting commitments in accord with agreed time lines.

Apply personal responsibility, initiative and judgement to organisation of own work within some parameters.

Recognise the limits of own knowledge and skills and seek advice as appropriate.

Work with people from a range of backgrounds to implement OHS practices.

Apply technical OHS knowledge and skills across a range of

situations.

Be accountable for the technical and conceptual underpinnings of one’s own practice.

Make independent judgements regarding technical OHS.

Be objective in analysing OHS issues and in OHS practice.

Recognise the limits of one’s own knowledge and skills and seek specialist advice as appropriate.

Recognise the

implications for OHS practice of different work environments and work cultures.

Ability to operate across a range of activities that create different demands in implementation while meeting agreed delivery time lines.

Be accountable for technical and conceptual underpinning of own practice across arrange of areas of practice and diverse contexts.

Make high level independent judgements regarding technical OHS issues and plan, implement and monitor OHS-related projects.

Recognise the limits of one’s own knowledge and skills and seek specialist advice through both formal and structured processes.

Be accountable for technical and conceptual underpinning of own practice at a high level including currency with recent research across arrange of areas of practice and diverse contexts.

Bring an international perspective to professional practice.

Make high level independent judgements regarding technical and complex OHS issues and plan, implement and monitor OHS-related projects.

Recognise limits of one’s own knowledge and skills and value professional and organisational collaboration.

Able to foster work environment elements that are conducive to open expression of worker concerns.

Identify when disclosure/whistle blowing may be appropriate and take appropriate action.

Work as part of a team to address OHS problems

Work independently and as part of a team in addressing a range of OHS problems. Recognise the value of

professional, enterprise and industry collaboration

Work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Work with people from many disciplines and backgrounds, across a range of work groups including at the highest decision-making levels, demonstrating leadership capacity. Operate with a high level of autonomy to conceptualise, plan, implement and evaluate major OHS related projects.

Apply initiative and judgement to develop and implement OHS strategies with some direction.

Contribute to and implement an agreed problem-solving strategy.

Take individual responsibility for a small project or evaluative study of OHS practice. Apply project management skills to conduct OHS projects of limited scope.

Take a leadership role to operationalise and implement strategy.

Apply project management skills to conduct projects to implement change

Apply research principles to design projects to investigate issues within the workplace.

Apply project management skills to implement significant projects in the workplace.