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13 August 2007 PR 07/107

Loughborough University study calls on health and safety professionals

Health and safety professionals working in manufacturing are being urged to take part in a new Loughborough University study.

The Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has commissioned the University’s Ergonomics and Safety Research Institute (ESRI) to investigate the effectiveness of risk assessments in the workplace.

The study, lasting 16 months, has been designed to explore the link between risk identification and risk control in the management of musculoskeletal injuries. For the first part of the study the research team want to learn about current risk assessment practice in the manufacturing industry, including who is undertaking musculoskeletal risk assessments and what tools they use to do them.

They are now asking health and safety professionals across the midlands to complete a short questionnaire to help clarify what is currently occurring in the workplace. Following this, organisations who have stated an interest in participating further in the study will be selected and invited to take part in evaluating the tools used in undertaking risk assessments. As an incentive these organisations will receive free professional training for eight of their employees from an IOSH accredited trainer.

Claudia Foster, the project coordinator, said: “We really would urge health and safety professionals to support this research. We appreciate that you are busy, but by contributing you will be providing critical information that will help make risk assessment more effective and simpler in the future. So why not get in touch and help us make workplace safety easier, more efficient and more effective. The questionnaire itself should only take a few minutes to fill in and any information you supply will be strictly confidential.”
To get involved in the project contact Claudia Foster or Clare Lawton by calling 01509 226900 or email C.M.Foster@lboro.ac.uk

More information about the project and ESRI can be found at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/research/esri

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Judy Smyth, Loughborough University’s Public Relations Office,
T: 01509 228697, E: J.L.Smyth@lboro.ac.uk

Notes for editors:

  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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