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Inter-Institutional Group on Health and Safety

Coordinating the efforts of the engineering institutions in common areas of health and safety policy.

Inter-Institutional Group on Health and Safety is made up of representatives (members and staff) from the:

  • Engineering Council
  • Hazards Forum
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors
  • Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology
  • Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Institution of Structural Engineers
  • Royal Institute of British Architects
  • Royal Institution of Naval Architects
  • Safety and Reliability Society

The business case for engineering in health and safety The business case for engineering in health and safety

This paper highlights the essential and growing role of engineering in supporting health and safety risk management and economic sustainability, listing some key steps for engineers, managers and government to consider. The business case for health and safety engineering solutions is outlined, providing real-life examples of many engineering-related successes and failures. This is supported by an explanation of how and why the case needs to be made more strongly.

The business case for engineering in health and safety

Life long learning for health and safety risk management Life-long learning for Health and Safety Risk Management

The Inter-Institutional Group on Health and Safety has produced a schedule of guidance describing in broad terms the continued health and safety risk assessment and mitigation learning that is likely to be required as part of a professional’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Life long learning for health and safety risk management

Risk communication and professional engineers Risk communication and professional engineers

This paper by the Inter Institutional Group on Health and Safety identifies the key issues for professional engineers in health and safety risk communication.

Risk communication and professional engineers

Incorporating safety, health and environmental risk issues on undergraduate engineering courses Safety, Health and Environmental Risk

The teaching of safety, health and environmental risk (SHE) issues to undergraduates studying engineering courses is an important part of the education of future engineers, and is generally thought to be an area insufficiently covered in current courses

Safety, Health and Environmental Risk

 

The group is currently working on three key areas of interest to the Institutions and has created working groups made up of  experts from industry and academia to tackle these important issues:

Risk teaching

Promote the teaching of health and safety risk to undergraduate engineers in the UK through the provision of flexible teaching materials that could be incorporated into engineering courses.

The group is working with the Health and Safety Executive to produce a software package that will demonstrate their e-learning concept. A report outlining the proposals  has been published by the Health & Safety Executive.

The 'Risk Education Network' is also relevant.

Occupational health

To increase the understanding of occupational health issues within the engineering profession.

Members of this working group include occupational health experts from the medical profession. 

The working group has produced the following:

 

Safety culture

Promoting the benefits of a good safety culture within companies and organisations. The group helped to set up an event on safety culture that was run by the Hazards Forum. Please read the following report (reproduced by kind permission of the Hazards Forum).

If you are a member, and would like to input into the IET's policy work, please join the Health and Safety Policy Key.

For more information on the Inter-Institutional Group on Health and Safety contact:

Email: healthandsafety@theiet.org