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

Pearse, Warwick, McCosker, Laura, and Paul, Gunther (2015) Reflection on the SIA Ltd professional project and the body of knowledge. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 31 (1). pp. 513-528.

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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.

Item ID: 48192
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1837-9362
Keywords: OHS, professionalisation, SIA, professional project, body of knowledge
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Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2017 04:24
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum @ 100%
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