Health & safety risk management - what you need to know

Whether dealing with minor hazards or reducing the potential for major accidents, managing health and safety risks effectively is an essential requirement for technicians, engineers and managers throughout their careers.

Health and safety risk management in construction
Health and safety risk management in construction

This life long learning paper is essential reading regardless of engineering discipline. It sets out for the first time, guidance as to what is considered to be a minimum requirement to satisfy CPD requirements, and therefore maintaining professional standards, over a notional career span. It applies to both 'technical' and 'managerial' career paths within the construction sector.

The continuing need for skills and knowledge in this field, post qualification, and over an entire life-long career path is the reason for the creation of the guidance. The concept originated within ICE, and was then developed into a pan-discipline document by JIGSR (Joint Institutional Group on Safety and Risk). This JIGSR document has now been particularised by an ICE H&S Panel working group to include suggested CPD Items for Institution members.

It provides general pointers and it is for the individual to decide how these should be translated into learning outcomes, through, for instance formal training, webinars, reading, or other means.

Engineers, technicians and managers all have a key role in ensuring that the safety and health of the workforce and the public is given prominence in all that they do. It is therefore essential that they continue their learning in health and safety risk management as they progress through their careers.

This paper was created by the ICE Health & Safety Expert panel with special thanks to Graeme Walker and John Carpenter.

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