Accident Prevention

Accident prevention encompasses plans, preparations and actions taken to avoid or stop an accident before it happens. Accidents can be classified as unplanned and unexpected events giving increased risk of injury, ill health, death and loss of property, damage to environment or any combination of these. Accident prevention includes all measures taken in an effort to save lives, escape from injury, lessen the degrees of injury, reduce loss of properties, treatment and compensation costs, production and time loss, and morale loss. With such a wide range of activities and expertise, SCAP believes it is ideally placed to lead ICOH in advancing proactive risk management. We believe that proactive risk management is the key to all preventive strategies and we will expand our 2015 to 2018 programme with this theme in mind. Part of our activities will be to develop a clear and agreed understanding of Accident Prevention to ensure that we reflect all the diverse activities stated in the above definition. Prior to 2010, the Scientific Committee on Accident Prevention of ICOH was inactive. In 2010 Keith Scott, Chairman of IIRSM, and President Kogi of ICOH decided to find resources to re-invigorate and re-launch SCAP. Plans for the re-invigoration and re-launch included: developing a website, establishing a networking of safety and health experts around the world, facilitating publication of papers (providing an outlet for people's work) and collaborating with other SCs to support SCAP's accident prevention mission. SCAP's main proposed project for 2105 to 2018 is to try to develop a training and consultancy solution to support the National Health Service (England) in its desire to improve clinical safety as well as general risk management. To assist in this endeavour, SCAP will be working closely with the International Institute for Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), a sustaining member of ICOH. SCAP intends to carry out a survey of IIRSM Members (approximately 8,000 Health and Safety professionals) to establish levels of expertise and involvement in accident prevention and proactive risk management. We also hope to use the survey to identify suitably qualified and experienced individuals to help SCAP with its work, especially in defining SCAP's true scope of activities.
SCAP will also work closely with IIRSM and participate in a number of Conferences and Health and Safety Events. In addition to its own work, SCAP would like to engage with all the other ICOH Scientific Committees by challenging them to consider how proactive risk management can be advanced in their own areas of expertise and to produce specific risk management action plans for their domains before the Dublin Conference.

Scientific Committees Reports Triennium 2015-2018 now available here.

Officers for Triennum 2018-2021



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Dr. Karen Elizabeth MICHELL
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