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December 20, 2005

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Fact-finding mission

IOSH enters the world of health and safety research with the first awards from our £1.7 million research and development fund.

“Part of our strategic plan for the next five years is to develop our profile as the leading thinkers on occupational safety and health, and the research and development fund is a significant step in the right direction,” IOSH president Neil Budworth said.

A workshop at Cardiff University in 2004 identified a gap in one area of research, leading to a call for projects that will measure and quantify the impact competent health and safety advice has on OSH performance in the workplace.

The aim is to explore the view that good health and safety advice means good business.

“This is an exciting time for IOSH,” Dr Luise Vassie, IOSH research and technical services manager said. “We will be delivering valuable research and establishing the link between the advice given by competent OSH professionals and the performance of an organisation.”

£270,000 has been awarded across three projects to be conducted at universities within the UK. Projects at Glasgow Caledonian University and Loughborough University will each run for one year, and research at Cardiff University will run for two years.

In addition to research, a £5000 development grant has been awarded to Roger Bibbings and Andrew Crowley to undertake a feasibility study into extending SADIE (Safety Alter Database & Information Exchange) to IOSH members.

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