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OH&S Manager Example Questions

The competency, methods, analyse and research for the role of OH&S manager.

1. Clearly explain the value of good information to an organization.

2. There are five basic decision making levels within an organization, Strategic, Tactical, Operational, Programmed and Non-programmed. Provide an OHS example of each level providing background information for each example.

3. Identify two main sources of information available to an organization and give four OH&S examples for each.

4. Describe the main benefits of presenting data in a table.

5. Clearly explain the importance of accuracy and relevance in relations to OH&S information to an organization.

6. Identify and give an OH&S example of primary and secondary data an organization may need to collect.

7. If you were a safety practitioner investigating an incident, write a closed and an open question that you would use to gather information from a witness.

8. List five methods to access, organize and monitor information within an organization.

9. Clearly explain the purpose of updating & modifying, maintenance & storage and security of information.

10. Identify the five key stages in the research process.

11. Identify the three main types of business research

12. Define the following seven terms in OH&S:
Valid
Objectivity
Reliable
Sampling errors
Planning errors
Information
Data

13. Provide an example when you would use each of the following techniques for OH&S research.
Simple Random Sampling
Stratified Sampling
Convenience Sampling
Opinion Polls

14. As a safety practitioner in a hypothetical, medium sized organization you are required to research an OH&S issue. Describe the issue and an appropriate research strategy that you could use.

15. What is the main purpose of research?

16. List the four sections you should include when structuring and formatting a presentation.

17. List the feature and structure and format of a written report.

18. Clearly explain the purpose and benefits of reporting plan for OH&S research.

19. When distributing OH&S information for an organization, what is the purpose of producing a communication plan?

20. Identify three benefits of obtaining feedback from the primary users of OH&S research.

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1) The value of information to an organization is determined by the value of its contents to the organization. The value of information can be assessed objectively in order to determine its worth and utilize it in making informed risk based decisions on whether it would be beneficial to retain the information within the organization or not. If the information is useful and will help the organization perform certain tasks or if the organization constantly refers to this information and the auditor of an organization would wish to see the information, then the information is very valuable to the organization. In addition, if the information is can only be found within the organization and no where else and future generations would be interested in the information, or if there are legal reasons for the organization to keep the information then it is valuable to the organization. Valuable information to an organization gives it a competitive advantage against its rivals (JISC Infonet, 2011).

2) An example of strategy level OHS is OHS governance. This is a very important part of any corporate governance and often consists of systems, relationships, rules and high level processes by which OHS within an organization is directed and controlled. OHS governance often operates at the strategic level of any organization. The strategy level of an organization is mainly concerned with how they can establish a right framework to ensure the organizations compliance with standards and rules and how OHS risks can be integrated into the internal control structures of an organization. They also obtain sufficient information and knowledge to enable timely decision making and monitoring of OHS performance (Enhance solutions, 2010).

Tactical level OHS is mainly aimed to ensure safety in the organizations managers bid to achieve the overall company strategy. An example is providing a safe working environment for the employees. This helps improve the performance and motivation of the employee and hence help in meeting the company's strategy goals. Good OHS practices in the workplace ensure higher employee retention and improve corporate image (Safe work Australia, 2009). Operational level OHS practice ensures that an organization's activities are done in a safe and healthy manner, both to the employees and to the customers who will be purchasing the products. An example of operational level OHS is an internal OHS audit program. This program is often used by a company to assess the effectiveness of the activities and processes that are used to meet the OHS governance and legislatives, and other statutory requirements (Lane, 2010).

Programmed organizational OHS decision making is often made by low level managers who deal with well structured repetitive problems constantly. An example of programmed OHS level is standard operating procedures. In cases where operating systems and activities face compromises that may be a danger to the health of the employees, customers or the public, standard operating procedures can be applied in order to bring it back to normal. Non programmed OHS decision making are often done by the top level managers who have to deal with ill structured problems. An example of such a decision is whether to acquire another organization and whether the OHS policy within the newly acquired organization goes in line with the parent's organization. (Rao, 2010)

3) The main sources of information for an organization are internal and external sources of data. OHS examples for internal sources of data are incident reports, safety checklist, medication authority forms, safety training records and evacuation procedure floor plans. OHS examples for external sources includes national OHS strategy document, OHS legislations, OHS corporate governance, OHS policy document, Safety procedures guidelines for new equipments, OHS policy and the Architectural design of business premises to understand emergency and safety regions of the building ...

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