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Safety training to be part of IStructE membership preparation

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STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS will have to pursue health and safety training from graduation onwards under new proposals, the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) said this week.

The ICE has already announced it is considering introducing mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) for chartered engineers by 2009 (NCE 8 December 2005).

Both institutions are responding to the latest review of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations.

This is likely to lead to tighter regulations on the procedures used by individual engineers to prove design and site management competence.

A Health & Safety Executive commissioned report published last week recommended that the institutions ensure that chartered status gives proof that members are familiar with the health and safety implications of all aspects of construction.

Report author and Standing Committee on Structural Safety secretary John Carpenter said that the institutions 'need to plug the gaps in the professional route. Chartered status in itself is not enough at the moment.' IStructE will go further than the ICE.

It will require health and safety to form part of Initial Professional Development (IPD) for graduates preparing for membership, according to communications and practice director Phil Williams.

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