The International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner
Organizations (INSHPO) has recently issued The Global Capability
Framework for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals. The
document can be found here. The Framework is the culmination of
years of development and consultation with health and safety
professionals, educators and certifying bodies across eleven
countries. This includes member organizations from Canada, some of
which were among the founders of the group in 2001.
Intended to help bring some clarity to the OHS role, the
Framework sets out the types of activities such an individual is
expected to undertake, as well as the required knowledge for those
activities to be done well. Businesses in the energy industry and
the health and safety professionals they employ would be wise to
consider looking to the document as a form of confirming checklist
against the detailed personal, professional and technical skills
said to be necessary to achieve success in the OHS role. The
Framework can also serve as a guideline to measure such skills
against relevant performance criteria. For those that operate in
multiple jurisdictions, the Framework could assist in assessing
conformity to international criteria and providing internal
consistency, as well as consistency across the industry.
The role of an OHS professional is an important one within any
organization focused on achieving its health and safety goals. The
2015 Pipeline Industry Report details the current good pipeline
safety record of its industry members. In keeping with the stated
goal of zero incidents, the Framework can assist the industry with
the hiring and retention of qualified OHS individuals as well as
help businesses examine whether they are currently measuring the
performance of those roles in an appropriate manner. As well, it
should help the industry continue to recognize and reinforce the
importance that skilled OHS professionals play in the overall
safety and operations of the business.
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