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Right, Charlie


I am encouraged by Charlie Hutchison's response (NCE last week) to what seemed to be a denial of health and safety responsibility by designers from a previous writer.

'Educating our engineers has to be the way forward' suggests Hutchison, and I could not agree more.

A fundamental aspect of our civil engineering degree programmes at the University of Edinburgh is that design is just one stage in the process of moving from a demand to a completed product or facility and beyond. This process should be carried out with the minimum harm to everyone involved. Hazards that may lead to such harm are considered at every stage - including design.

We have already successfully introduced a 'compulsory health and safety module' into our civil engineering degree programmes. We believe every civil engineering student should be educated in the management of health and safety in the civil engineering and construction process.

And we believe every student has a right to know the current state of affairs in health and safety in the industry they will eventually join.

Dr Simon Smith (M), lecturer and director of studies, Institute for Infrastructure & Environment, University of Edinburgh, EH9 3JL

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