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Include safety in education, urges HSE

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ACADEMICS MUST place more emphasis on health and safety during engineers' education if construction deaths are to be cut, a report for the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) said this week.

Professional institutions and accreditation bodies are also to blame for the continued high injury levels, the report insists, for not properly outlining safety requirements during training.

The report, produced jointly by Symonds Group, Liverpool John Moores University and Charlton Smith Partnership, was commissioned by the HSE to examine health and safety teaching in undergraduate construction courses.

It found that a significant number of courses did not have course tutors specifically to support health and safety teaching, and did not treat risk management as an intellectual subject.

The report recommends that colleges elect a health and safety 'champion' to integrate health and safety teaching into courses.

It also suggests that professional institutions work together to produce a standard curriculum template for health and safety teaching.

INFOPLUS www. hse. gov. uk

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