Global OHS professional capability framework to give clarity to role: INSHPO

The International Network of Safety and Health Practitioner Organisations (INSHPO) has launched a worldwide capability framework for health and safety professionals.
The result of three years development and consultation across 11 countries with input from occupational health and safety professionals, OHS educators and OHS professional and certifying bodies, the framework brings clarity to the generalist OHS role.

The Global Capability Framework for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals describes the activities that an OHS professional can be expected to undertake and the required underpinning knowledge. It also details the personal, professional and technical skills required for effective OHS practice along with performance criteria for each skill. This emphasis on skills addresses a gap often noted in technically-oriented OHS professionals. 

Vince McNeilly, president of INSHPO, noted that the framework will be integral to promoting high standards of practice for OHS professionals, helping employers make better hiring decisions and better understand the value of the OHS profession. In the long run, greater professionalization will bring more job growth, better promotions, higher compensation levels and more senior positions.

INSHPO is the global voice for the occupational health and safety profession and acts as a forum for international collaboration among professional organisations to improve health and safety at work. Created in 2001, INSHPO now represents the interests of 14 member organisations in 11 countries.

The framework can be viewed here: