The IOSH accredited Occupational Health and Safety Management course is suitable for practitioners working in occupational health and safety. The course offers an up-to-date research-based approach to underpin the evidence for UK regulations and EU directives and therefore inform change in occupational health and safety management.Entry RequirementsA relevant first or second class honours degree or a postgraduate diploma from a recognised institution in an appropriate profession. Students must be numerate and familiar with fundamental scientific principles as applied to health and safety from chemistry, physics, human physiology and microbiology to underpin this course.Course AimsThe IOSH accredited Occupational Health and Safety Management course is suitable for practitioners working in occupational health and safety. Students include both professional consultants wishing to gain IOSH accreditation, newly qualified graduates managing occupational health and safety, naval engineers, doctors, nurses and others from a variety of backgrounds.
Modern technology includes new occupational hazards (chemical, physical, psychosocial and ergonomic) and demographic changes in the working population that are addressed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals. The course offers an up-to-date research-based approach to underpin the evidence for UK regulations and EU directives and therefore inform change in occupational health and safety management.Educational aims of the programme will:analyse the requirement for occupational health and safety, synthesise information appropriately and propose beneficial application within the organisational policy;
develop an interpretative framework of professional health and safety practice for risk assessment and risk management;
critically evaluate current research and apply to practice as evidence based;
initiate relevant research with appropriate methods and statistics for data collection and analysis;
facilitate students' ability to develop an understanding of advanced health and safety management practice and to reflect on their own professional practice;
explore the interaction between theory and practice in relation to concepts and principles of occupational health and safety;
develop and apply strategies pursuant to Environmental Management
analyse a wide range of contemporary occupational health issues including legislation and management policy;
instil awareness of the need for management of change in order to anticipate and adapt policy in the light of new technology or requirements;
anticipate and interpret current and future initiatives in order to be able to develop appropriate strategies to meet requirements particularly with respect to new EU Directives;
enable management of effective health and safety in the workplace with respect to the individual;
enable good presentation and communication skills.Course ContentModules are set within a European context, and aim to equip the professional to understand and solve a wide range of occupational health problems, critically evaluate and initiate relevant research and lead the multidisciplinary team. Students are encouraged to use routinely-collected data from the workplace for their dissertation. The research methods module helps investigate real occupational problems with appropriate statistics in SPSS.Modules (all core): Occupational Health and SafetyThe main aim is for an understanding of the legal context within which professional health and safety and environmental management skills are applied. It provides and in-depth, critically evaluative learning environment, where mutual exploration of key contemporary legal issues is encouraged.Occupational Epidemiology: Evidence Base for Health and SafetyAn in-depth exploration of the patterns of disease occurrence (mortality, morbidity and injury) alongside the diverse factors which influence these patterns are taught. The epidemiologist as a scientific detective uses a range of methods to investigate, explain, predict and promote the design of prevention strategies to reduce ill-health and injury. The module is designed to focus the research objectives for workplace problems, and to assess and use concepts, methods and routinely collected data constructively. It underpins many other modules and in particular the dissertation enabling meaningful research.Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental LawThe main aim is for an understanding of the legal context within which professional health and safety skills are applied. It provides an in-depth, critically evaluative learning environment, where mutual exploration of key contemporary legal issues is encouraged. Appropriate links are made with the environmental management module. Policy and Management for Occupational Health and SafetyThe focus here is on the management requirements of contemporary occupational practice. An introduction to management and organisational theory encourages critical analysis of the principles required for practice. Key principles are evaluation, audit, and quality assurance, to inform strategy and policy development. Human resource implications for efficient and effective practice are considered with the emphasis on communication and man-management skills. Occupational Ergonomics with PsychologyThe interface between the organisation and the individual’s health is brought into focus by drawing upon concepts and applications of occupational ergonomics with psychology. These aim to enhance students’ awareness of stress-related issues, the quality of working life and the extent, form and impact of work structuring, together with implications for occupational practice.Research MethodsResearch methods appropriate to both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including:
Philosophical underpinnings of research methodology
Searching and reviewing the literature
Ethical issues in research and research governance
Surveys and longitudinal studies
Experimental and quasi-experimental designs
N of 1 studies
Statistical analysis and using SPSS
Use of documentary sources
Qualitative analysis DissertationThe successful completion of a dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words will lead to the award of the master's degree. Dissertation attendance will be required, as deemed necessary by the dissertation supervisor. Final submission is by the end of the first term following completion of the taught course for full-time students, and by the end of the second term following completion of the taught modules for part-time students.
Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course include:
An investigative study into incidents in valve turning operations in the water industry;
A study of hearing levels of orchestral musicians to determine if there is risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss;
A small area cross-sectional study of occupational hand dermatitis in hairdressers.
Factors associated with marine injuries during vertical chute evacuation training. Published in 2008 in Occupational Medicine.
Perceptions and attitudes toward workplace transport risks: a study of industrial lift truck operators in a London authority. Accepted for publication in Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health (2009).Special FeaturesThis course is accredited by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). IOSH accreditation requires the completion of all the six taught modules, the MSc dissertation and work experience in health and safety as deemed appropriate by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).Additional Relevant Information
The course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures. Submission of assignments will not be accepted without the minimum attendance.