THE ICE Health & Safety Board and all ICE regions are being urged to help expand a survey of graduates' attitudes to, and knowledge of, health and safety to help the Institution improve engineers' understanding of their health and safety responsibilities.
ICE Yorkshire carried out the survey of engineers' health and safety awareness last year and the results revealed that students leaving university were relatively unaware of some basic issues.
Regional development officer for ICE Yorkshire, Bob Bennett, is urging all other regions and Great George Street to conduct surveys to reveal the shortcomings in engineering education.
In CE orkshire's urvey, 3% of the graduates either knew or suspected that their course had not effectively addressed the principles of working in confined spaces.
And 63% said the same for the principles of excavating safely.
NCE's own safety survey last year (NCE 25 November 2004) found that 53% of civil engineers believe that young engineers are not taught enough about health and safety while training.
In the Yorkshire survey*:
. 38% said that the Health & Safety at Work Act was effectively addressed during their studies, 19% were not sure, and 40% said that it was not.
. 29% were happy with teaching of the main sections of the Act, 43% were not and 68% were unsure.
. 50% said the CDM regulations were not properly addressed, 28% thought they were and 19% were unclear.
. 54% were happy that the principles of risk assessment were clearly explained, 30% were not and 14% were unsure.
. 54% thought they had been clearly taught about identification of common construction hazards, 26% had not and 18% were unclear.
. 47% had been given good information on the common causes of accidents in construction but 30% definitely had not and another 19% were not sure.
. For common types of injury 40% left university knowing what they were, 37% didn't and 21% were doubtful.
. Only 33% understood the precautions for working at height when they graduated, 47% were adamant they did not and 18% were vague.
. 56% were given no knowledge of managing plant and vehicles on site and another 12% thought they had not been, but 29% did feel confident on the subject.
. On the principles of excavating safely, 47% were not effectively taught and 16% were not sure, but 35% were happy with their education in this area.
. 25% thought their course effectively covered the principles for preventing injury in manual handling, 54% did not and 19% were unsure.
. Understanding prevention of risks to health fared a little better. 32% thought their tutors helped them, but 48% did not and 18% were unsure.
. There was little discussion at university on prescribed standards of welfare. Only 15% said it was effectively covered and 54% said that it was not. 28% were not sure.
*Percentages do not total 100% because of incomplete answers.