Event Details

Tuesday, 15 February, 2022 - 14:30 to 15:30
Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT)


Zoom Webinar


AIHS Member: Complimentary I  Non-Member: Complimentary


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(03) 8336 1995



Join us on Tuesday 15 February 2022 for the scheduled BOK Webinar: A look at the new OHS BoK chapter on OHS Management Systems. 

OHS professionals may feel bombarded by offers of training, webinars and workshops on OHS management systems, including their standardisation and certification, and they might tune out or  turn off. However, as OHS management is part of our core business, we must engage in critical discussions about the design, implementation and effectiveness of systems supporting it.

AIHS recently released a new chapter on OHS Management Systems. The chapter goes beyond prescription-based approaches, draws on the literature to explore the evidence on the effectiveness of OHS management systems under the effects of various enablers and barriers, and provides practical perspectives gained through a forum with OHS professionals.

Join us in a discussion on designing and operating an OHS management system that:

  • Considers the organisational context and preconditions
  • Leverages the forces supporting the system and respects the forces resisting the system
  • Places workers at the centre, risk management on focus, and compliance as the desired product
  • Connects and integrates the individual OHS management activities.

In this interactive webinar, the lead author of the chapter, Nektarios Karanikas, will set the context for discussion on OHS management systems by exploring their definition and purpose and presenting a model of interactions and dependencies amongst the organising elements of an OHS management system. Then, participants will have the opportunity to join the discussion and discover what such a system means for the organisation and the factors against and in favour of an effective OHS management system.


  • What is really an OHS management system?
  • Is an OHS management system necessary?
  • What are the elements of an OHS management system?
  • Do OHS management systems deliver and when?
  • What is the suggested path to (re)design and operate an effective OHS management system?

Tuesday 15 February 2022
Time: 14:30 - 15:30 AEDT
Cost: AIHS member Complimentary/ Non- member Complimentary
Location: Zoom Webinar (Login details will be distributed 2-3 days before the webinar start date)


Prof Nektarios Karanikas, Health, Safety and Environment, Queensland University of Technology

Nektarios Karanikas is an Associate Professor in Health, Safety and Environment of the School of Public Health & Social Work in QUT. He studied MSc Human Factors and Safety Assessment in Aeronautics at Cranfield University (UK), and he was awarded his doctorate in Safety and Quality Management from Middlesex University (UK). Nektarios worked for 18 years as an officer at the Hellenic Air Force where he served in various positions related to maintenance, safety and quality management, including accident investigations. In addition to his academic qualifications, he holds professional qualifications in OHS, human factors, project management and engineering and has been a member of various national and international associations. He has (co)authored various peer-reviewed journal and conference articles with a focus on safety/risk management, he has presented his work in more than 70 events, and he actively volunteers in a wide range of scientific and professional activities.