The OHS Professional’s Role in the Changing World of Work: An Exploration
Occupational health and safety professionals are confronted with a changing world of work given the advent of new technologies, the need to determine cognitive task demands, emerging wellness initiatives, and subsequent changes to job roles and work requirements. This can invite uncertainty and, while opportunities exist, can serve as a mechanism for risk. It has been suggested that there is an increased need for big-picture thinkers, those who can empathise with others, and reinvent one’s self to meet emerging challenges.
For the practitioner, there are struggles among traditional compliance-based safety practices compelled by a need to satisfy legislative requirements, and the emerging paradigms about Safety II, human organisational performance, and resilience engineering that beg a more holistic approach to understanding work systems and dynamics.
This presentation will explore these emerging influences on the design of work, and the human factor requirements of the safety practitioner. Delegates will be engaged in an interactive method to consider these challenges and opportunities.