The Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety teaches the management of OHS is all about good quality information that may be gleaned from a number of sources both inside and outside the workplace. Data and information enables systematic management of OHS and effective control of OHS risk by:
- providing information on how the system operates in practice;
- identifying where remedial action is required;
- providing a basis for continual improvement; and
- providing feedback and motivation.
(Health and Safety Executive, 2001)
However, there are many limitations and assumptions related to the collection, analysis and use of OHS information that must be understood before it can be applied effectively to support the systematic management of OHS.
In order to complete the first element of the competency unit successfully, you will have to show that you have satisfied the following performance criteria:
- Identify, access and regularly review relevant sources of OHS information and data.
- Critically evaluate information and data to ensure its accuracy, currency and relevance.
- Determine appropriate formats for information, and data storage and retrieval.
IDENTIFY, ACCESS AND REGULARLY REVIEW RELEVANT SOURCES OF OHS INFORMATION AND DATA
Before identifying relevant sources of information, we need to examine further the reasons for collecting OHS information.
Why collect OHS information?
- In the Introduction to this learning guide we identified that OHS information was required:
- to enable a systematic approach to managing OHS; and
- for legal compliance.
- As part of a systematic approach to managing OHS, information is required:
- to identify trends and make comparisons over time and across locations;
- for hazard identification;
- to provide a basis for risk prioritisation and allocation of resources;
- for developing risk controls;
- for evaluating the effectiveness of risk controls;
- to evaluate the effectiveness of the OHS management approach and identify areas for improvement; and
- for strategic planning and internal and external accountability.
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