Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) MSc in Health, Safety and Risk (HSR) Management has been designed in collaboration with practitioners to study the management, rather than simply the technical applications, of this rapidly expanding area of expertise.
In that time, IOSH members and other practitioners in our great profession have been at the forefront of progressive change in the workplace.Work-related accident and illness rates are still too high but have fallen where our profession and legislation, such as the UK's Health and Safety at Work Act, have raised the consciousness of safety and health issues among employers and workers.Yet we know that provisions for occupational safety and health vary widely, and recognition for our role in the workplace and wider society remains lacking.
Building a career in safety and health management is a marathon not a sprint. The journey could take 40 years, but if you run even slightly off course for long enough, you will find yourself far from your intended destination.To avoid looking back on a career and regretting either missed opportunities or a sense of not having reached their potential, practitioners have to map their professional routes.
Trainers have their own version of the iterative four-step management method, “plan, do, check, act”, which is to analyse needs, design training, deliver training and evaluate (see figure at the bottom). Many companies spend money and time on the first three steps, then neglect the fourth. A lot of training receives only a token check or none at all.Three of the most common problems are: not building evaluation in from the start; relying on course delegate feedback (“happy sheets”); and where training is just one of several measures to resolve a safety issue.