The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is partnering with the University of Manchester to set up a new institute for risk and regulatory research – the Thomas Ashton Institute.
According to the organisation, it will provide research and training in the area of health and safety, as well as continuing to learn from incidents and practitioners not only in the UK, but around the world.
One of its main roles will be to examine 40 years of incident investigations and research and distill these findings into a format that’s accessible and useful to industry.
The aim is to prevent mistakes from being repeated as new industries and technologies are developed.
Dr Richard Judge, HSE Chief Executive, commented that his organisation is “excited” about the opportunities the Thomas Ashton Institute offers, noting that it will support the HSE’s regulatory activities.
“In creating an international centre of excellence for risk and regulatory research, we are also providing a focal point for working with others,” he stated.
Dr Judge added that the institute will invite “forward-thinking contributors” to work alongside them to help prevent workplace accidents, injuries and deaths in the future.
Research activities at the Thomas Ashton Institute will fall into five broad categories: engineering, human factors, health, data and risk. The engineering area will explore industrial processes and major hazards, for instance, while the human factors research will centre on the importance of people in delivering a safe workplace.
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