Background information

In 2000 HSE set up a Risk Education programme of work to identify and influence the degree to which risk management techniques are taught in schools and other educational establishments, including universities where undergraduate courses lead to entry into safety critical professions such as engineering and design.

The programme consisted of four projects:

The programme of activity is now finished apart from some pilot projects that are still developing. Findings from these four projects are now being reviewed in the context of the wider Sensible Risk Debate.

Research has revealed that:

More detailed findings can be found in six research reports produced under the Risk Education Programme.

HSE has published guidance on work experience and continues to take up opportunities to engage with stakeholders on this, and to raise awareness of health and safety issues in education more generally.