PiP reveals its value

A survey into IOSH’s OH guidance, Professionals in Partnership (PiP), has
revealed that it has been successful in influencing activity and raising

In September 2001, IOSH published the PiP guidance to encourage health and
safety practitioners to play a more active role in OH in their area, and to
engage more with OH professionals.

The aim of the survey was to establish TechSPs’ current involvement in OH,
and to ascertain whether the PiP guidance had any self-perceived effect on this
level of involvement.

Those willing to participate further were sent a follow-up questionnaire.
Ten per cent of the sample responded to the initial survey, most of whom stated
that they spent between 5 and 30 per cent of their working time on OH.

In a follow-up survey, 4.5 per cent replied, of whom more than 98 per cent
of follow-up respondents stated that PiP had been helpful or very helpful.

Changes indicated included spending more time on OH, more working
interactions in OH, less hesitancy about becoming involved in OH and
implementing improvements or interventions.

The results suggest that well-targeted guidance can raise awareness of OH
issues and positively influence activity, helping to address the inequity
between the management of work-related health and the management of
work-related safety.

The design, production and distribution of PiP and the survey to help gauge
its efficacy are registered as a project with the Securing Health Together
(SH2) ‘skills’ programme action group. A summary of the survey findings has
been posted on the SH2 website.

The full survey and the PiP guidance can be viewed and downloaded at www.iosh.co.uk/files/technical/TIPiPsurvey030912%2Epdf



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