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Health and safety takes centre stage at Edinburgh University


CONTRACTOR MORRISON is funding a new module at Edinburgh University to prepare students for the reality of health and safety in the civil engineering workplace.

Morrison is bankrolling the university to set up the 'Construction Health and Safety' core module this year for final year students.

Morrison engineers will be delivering some of the lectures and site visits themselves.

Health and safety director Robin Chaplin said the module is intended to help students implement health and safety policies and deal with the management issues they produce.

This could include taking final year students out on site and revealing how site engineers encourage the workforce to wear hardhats and goggles.

'It is designed to take the shock out of graduates finding that half their job is about health and safety, ' said Chaplin.

He added that the module will also draw on the health and safety knowledge at the university, particularly risk and hazard management and UK health and safety legislation.

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