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Welcome to the OHS Body of Knowledge Sandbox

The OHS Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals (OHS BoK) was developed in response to an identified need to define the collective knowledge that should be shared by Australian Generalist OHS Professionals as a basis for understanding the causation and control of work-related fatality, injury, disease and ill-health. The OHS BoK is an online publication by the Safety Institute of Australia which is freely available to OHS professionals and practitioners, OHS educators, OHS students and anybody interested in OHS. It is the basis for accreditation of OHS education and certification of those who practice OHS as well as informing the continuing professional development of professionals and practitioners.

Go to the OHS Body of Knowledge web site


What is the OHS BoK Sandbox?

The OHS BoK is not intended to be a definitive statement, fixed in time. Rather it is subject to continual reinterpretation and evolution as people engage with it, apply it, and extend it by research. New chapters are being developed and there is a program of review for current chapters.

The OHS BoK Sandbox is a wiki which has been developed as a collaborative space to promote engagement by the profession and subject matter specialists to inform future editions of the OHS BoK particularly the development of new chapters.

You can leave comments, participate in a discussion by adding to the comments of others, make editorial suggestions, provide links to useful information or recent research.

Who can contribute?

Anybody who is an OHS professional or has specialist expertise in any of the OHS BoK concepts. You just need to register as a user.

Click here to become a registered user.

How can to contribute?

If you wish to contribute you’ll need to create an account. Once registered you will be able to click the edit link on any page and start making alterations. Since some pages may be protected by administrators you may need to start a discussion about the content.

You may make edits, offer a comment or suggests a reference or resource (with links if possible).

To make a comment or an edit: Click on the [Edit] box beside the paragraph or section. Insert your text in the comment box. When completed click [Minor Edit} You can [Show preview] your comment or edit. Don't forget to [Save changes]. Return to main page by clicking at the top of the screen.

If you wish to make a comment rather than an edit the start your text with Comment: or of you are suggesting a reference or resource then start your text with Reference.

[Talk]is a way for SandBox users to interact with other users.

[Preferences]enables you to customise who the Sandbox look for you and also set up receipt of emails from the system.

[Watchlist] allows you to watch a page for nay change. It is away for you to keep an eye on the individual pages that are important you.

[Contributions] is a list al all edits you have made to the system.

Note that the inclusion of figures in the Sandbox platform is a little difficult/fiddly and we are working on this. To see the figures ss this time you will need to go to the original version of the chapters at

To identify text that it edits or additions to the original chapter go to the history page.

How will Sandbox contributions be used?

Your contributions will enable interactive discussion on the chapter topics and the detail of the chapters. The more contributions the more discussions we have. The discussion and contributions will then inform chapter reviews.

Sandbox Etiquette

In contributing to the OHS BoK Sandbox it is important to remember that it is a forum for professional engagement and collaboration with the objective of enhancing the OHS Body of Knowledge. Usual professional standards and courtesy apply. The following guidelines are given as reminders:

  • The Sandbox is not a forum for voicing unsubstantiated opinions, getting on your 'soapbox’ or promoting products or services. Where possible provide references or a rationale for your contributions.
  • Argue, comment on facts, not personalities
  • If disagreeing with a comment clearly give your rationale or reference for the disagreement

Document Index


1 Preliminaries 2017

2 Preliminaries Synopsis

2 Introduction

3 The Generalist OHS professional

4 Global Work

5 Global Safety

6 Global Health

7 Foundation Science

8 Socio Political Law

8.2 Principles of OHS Law 2014

9 Socio Political Industrial

10 The Organisation

10 2 Organisational Culture

10.4 OHS performance evaluation

11 Systems

11.2 OHS management systems

11.3 Managing Process Safety

11.4 Rules, procedures and documentation

12 Human Biological systems

13 Human Psych principles

14 The Human Principles of social interaction

15 Hazard as a concept

16 Hazard Biomechanical

17 Chemical hazards

17.3 Process hazards - Chemical

18 Biological Hazards

19 Psychosocial Hazards

20 Fatigue

21 Bullying aggression and violence

23 Electricity

24 Ionising Radiation

25 Non ionising radiation

26 Thermal Environment

27 Gravitational Hazards

28 Physical Hazards - Plant

29 Mobile Plant

31 Risk

31.2 Risk and decision making

31.3 People, psychology and risk

33 Models of causation - Health Determinants

34 Control Prevention and Intervention

34.4 Design of good work (for psychological health)

34.5 Occupational health

34.6 Fitness for work

35 Control Mitigation Emergency planning

36 Control Mitigation Health impacts

37 Introduction to Practice as a concept

38 Practice Model of OHS practice

38.2 Working in organisations

38.3 Enabling safety

38.4 Leadership and the OHS profession

38.5 Profesional practice and ethics

39 Practice Critical consumer research

39.2 The OHS professional as a workplace researcher

40 Investigations