Health and Safety in a Changing World: OSH Knowledge and its ManagementDate: 23 December 2011
IOSH (www.iosh.co.uk) has funded IOM to carry out a research project to examine how occupational safety and health (OSH) knowledge is managed and transferred in the UK. Dr Joanne Crawford will lead this research project which has two objectives. The first is to review and characterise the current OHS knowledge base in the UK, its relevance to practice and to take relevant evidence from knowledge transfer research and examine the possibilities of applying it in OSH. The second objective is to find out how OSH knowledge is used in the workplace by both professionals and non-professionals involved in health and safety.
To achieve the objectives, the study will take a mixed-methods approach, reviewing materials, developing a database of information, surveying companies and carrying out prospective and retrospective case studies in industry. A project advisory group representing the different stakeholders involved in occupational safety and health has been convened.
The research team at IOM will also be working with researchers at Heriot-Watt University (www.hw.ac.uk) who will provide expertise in the area of knowledge transfer. This is a great opportunity to work together with a multi-disciplinary project team to move the knowledge base for OSH forward.