Mainstreaming occupational safety and health into university education
Sheila Pantry OBE
Future engineers, architects, medical professionals and business administrators and managers will all need to take account of occupational safety and health (OSH) in aspects in their working lives.
To help the long overdue need for action to take place The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work have produced a report entitled Mainstreaming occupational safety and health into university education that presents a variety of cases concerning how OSH has been included in university-level education.
Of most interest are examples where OSH was embedded in the programme of other undergraduate studies, such as a general engineering undergraduate course or a business studies course. However, few examples were found where OSH/risk education had been truly embedded within the curriculum of individual courses.
See also Factsheet 91 - Challenges and opportunities for mainstreaming OSH into university education - Summary of a Report which is available in 22 languages
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There are many authoritative and validated sources of information listed in OSHWORLD. In the Subject index you can easily find up-to-date advice and guidance on a range of topics for example from asbestos, construction work, agriculture, manufacturing through to training. And if you are looking for country specific information, then click onto the Country of your choice.
Meanwhile OSHWORLD continues to bring you news, publications, web sites that you will find useful in your daily work.
Look at the latest additions to the Diary of Events and you will see plans have been made already worldwide up to 2011 to have training courses, symposiums, conferences and webinars in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects.
One way of keeping up to date is to go to exhibitions and the world's major OSHE events. Remember that even if you cannot attend these many events, speakers and organisers are often willing to share their knowledge. Look at the details - where possible, I add in the web sites of these events so you can request further information. And do let me know if you are organising any OSHE events so that I can add them to the Diary.
On Your OSHWORLD portal will lead you to find new items of interest. Globally there are continually new titles, news items, new products so remember to look at the News to find the latest information from a number of countries. Use OSHWORLD as your main portal to many hundreds of validated and authoritative web sites which you can find in the Country and Subject links we offer. New subject topics are constantly brought together on web sites, e.g. drugs and alcohol abuse in the workplace.
This month's FOCUS article is entitled Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday!
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