The Joint Institution Group on Safety Risk JIGSR (formally known as the Inter-Institutional Group on Health and Safety) is made up of representatives both 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
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.
Life-long learning for Health and Safety Risk Management
This document provides 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).
Risk communication and professional engineers
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.
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
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:
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.
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:
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).
For more information on the Joint Institution Group on Safety Risk contact:
- Matt Stalker (the secretariat for JIGSR is now provided by the IChemE)
IET policy work
If you are a member of the IET and would like to input into our policy work, please join the Health and Safety Policy Key.