New research study gets with the flow
Ensuring vital health and safety knowledge flows well among staff in large multi-networked organisations is the aim of a new three-year research project.
IOSH has commissioned Loughborough University to carry out the study as part of its research programme, ‘Health and safety in a changing world’.
The interdisciplinary research team – comprising representatives from Loughborough’s School of Civil and Building Engineering, the Design School, the School of Business and Economics and the Department of Social Sciences – will examine how occupational health and safety knowledge is circulated around multi-networked organisations and how staff at different locations interpret this information.
The researchers will focus on three sectors – health care, construction and logistics – which have been selected owing to the design and complex networked nature of the job roles in these sectors. The eventual goal will be to share good practice between each of the industries.
Project leader, Professor Alistair Gibb, from Loughborough University’s School of Civil and Building Engineering, said: “The ultimate aim of this project is to ensure all staff in large, complex organisations have access to, and an understanding of, occupational health and safety. “
In sharing good practice across different sectors, organisations can learn ways of improving their health and safety knowledge flow, making it a better working environment for all staff.”
IOSH research and information services manager Jane White said: “This project looks to understand how health and safety knowledge is created, translated and deployed as it moves around an organisation.
“The results promise to be fascinating and could provide vital clues to OSH practitioners as to what turns knowledge into ‘knowing’ – that is putting the messages into practice.”
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