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About the OHS Professional Practice Report

The OHS Professional Practice Report is used to assess the application of a range of knowledge and skills, which is a requirement for certification as a Certified OHS Professional. Operating at a professional level means that professional skills and OHS knowledge are used and demonstrated within work. All Practice Reports are treated as confidential documents for the purposes of assessment.

The length and numbers of reports completed by a person applying for Certified OHS Professional will depend on the duration and scope of the projects/activities that the applicant has undertaken and chooses to include within the report. The objective is to demonstrate involvement in OHS activities at the professional level that apply to OHS knowledge, a model of practice and professional skills. Assessment is evaluated at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 7.  A table that explains this is included in this guide.

One important aspect of completing the Practice Report is to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing. It is worth taking time in completing the report, ensuring that the style of writing is clear and easy to understand.  Consider also asking a colleague or friend to read the report and provide feedback to finalise the report before submitting.

Complete the Professional Practice report, obtain the verification and have the document ready to upload as part of the application. The Report may be submitted in MS Word or in pdf format. 

Completing the OHS Professional Practice Report

The Practice Report has 7 main sections:

1. Summary Details

This section asks for background information for the activity or project (the title, details of when it happened, the organisation where the activity happened, nature of the workplace and workforce, objectives of the activity and people involved).  A 100 word summary must also be completed.

Use this section to clearly describe the key aspects of a project / activity and set the scene and context for the following sections in the Report.

2.Project Description

The section is used to describe the project and the OHS Professional’s role in it. This section should demonstrate the ability to explain key elements of the project and applicant’s ability to communicate clearly and succinctly in writing. Depending on the nature and complexity of the project, 500 to 1500 words is a guide to the length of this section.

3.Knowledge Applied

This section should indicate the areas of knowledge that informed the activity or project. The areas of knowledge in the Report are based on the OHS Body of Knowledge, which describes the key concepts, core theories and empirical evidence as a sound basis for generalist OHS professionals to understand the aetiology and control of work-related fatality, injury and disease and ill-health (FIDI).   

While it is expected that the OHS Professional will be familiar with the OHS Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals, the knowledge map in this section should indicate the topic areas but not necessarily the specific content of the OHS Body of Knowledge.

The topics indicated by an asterisk (*) are considered core and must be addressed for certification. While specific hazards are not designated as a core activity across a range of hazards, it is expected that a number of practice reports will be required to address the core knowledge.

The Practice Report has a section which lists the OHS Body of Knowledge, which must indicate which part of the Body of Knowledge have been addressed.  Indicate these using ‘Yes’ or ‘Y’ or ‘X’.

4.Capabilities

In this section underpinning knowledge is identified and assessed. The capabilities listed in the Practice Report reflect the learning outcomes for qualifications at Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 7, which is the minimum that an OHS Professional must demonstrate. The specific capabilities considered in this section are detailed in the Report Form.

Activity must be recorded for each capability, which may be over a number of Practice Reports. Depending on the nature of the activity 50 to 100 words per capability is a guide.

5. Application of Model of OHS Practice

This section is used to demonstrate capability across a range of capabilities. A model of practice is used in the Form which includes a conceptual framework and professional skills.  A model of practice is a conceptual approach to professional practice where an understanding of the relevant theory is linked with practical tasks and skill requirements.

This section is used to describe the approach to a project/activity in terms of a model of practice. An example of an OHS Model of practice is described in the OHS Body of Knowledge. This model is a cyclic problem solving approach informed by the conceptual framework of the OHS Body of Knowledge. It may be applied in extended or truncated versions over a range of timeframes, contexts and situations.

The model of practice used to complete this section of the OHS Practice Report may be as described in the OHS Body of Knowledge, another recognised model of practice or a conceptual approach developed and explained by the applicant. Whichever model included in the Practice Report, it should have three components: actions, which are informed by a knowledge framework, and professional skills. As a guide, 500 words should be sufficient to address this criteria.

6.Declaration

Applicants are required to confirm that the information they have provided in the Practice Report is a true and correct description and analysis of the OHS practice undertaken. 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.

7. Verification

Applicants are required to obtain verification of the information provided in the Portfolio Report. This should be provided by a person who is familiar with the applicant’s work in relation to the project/activity(s).

Individuals who report to, have reported to or are in a junior position to the applicant are not acceptable verifiers. Clients and Customers are acceptable as a reference for Consultants.

If verification by a person who is familiar with the applicant’s work in relation to the project/activity is not possible, a statement must be included in the report to that effect explaining why it is not possible and why an alternative Verifier has been chosen.

Useful Reference

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.  Accessed at: www.ohsbok.org.au

 

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.