HSE calls for more training for construction undergraduates

Construction
undergraduates’ health and safety training and awareness is not good enough,
according to the latest HSE research.

The
report conducted for the HSE by Symonds Group, Liverpool John Moores University
and the Charlton Smith Partnership, found that despite a growing acceptance of
the role of health and safety in project management, not enough training was
being done.

Kevin
Myers, the HSE’s chief inspector of construction, spoke of his disappointment
at the results and the lack of improvement in training.

"The
findings reveal the lack of any significant progress in improving the education
and awareness of undergraduates. However, there is some hope for the future. In
particular, [the report] cites examples of good practice which show that the
teaching of risk management in universities is entirely possible," he
said.

The
report went on to provide detailed recommendations on how government, industry
and education can improve the current situation. The HSE is also planning to
contact all 31 higher education establishments investigated by the report with
a view to gaining a commitment to its recommendations.

www.hse.gov.uk

By Ross Wigham

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