LOcHER Project - Learning Occupational Health by Experiencing Risks
South Essex College students lead the way with this ground breaking innovation which turns the whole concept of delivering health and safety learning on its head!
Learning is enhanced and retained for longer if it happens in a fun way, which involves a variety of different learning experiences, such as listening, reading, audio visual, demonstrations, involvement, discussion groups and practice. Connections and discoveries made during "aha" moments, following exploration and laughter, are those that are likely to stay with you forever, thanks to the release of endorphins, epinephrine (adrenaline) and dopamine which create a positive emotional event.
See how the students created their own short documentary-style films using their mobile phones during their exploration of occupational health risks.
This project was pioneered by Safety Groups UK (SGUK) assisted by HSE and other supporters including – SCHWL, IIRSM BSIF, ILEVE, SafetyMARK, Chambers of Commerce and IBIS Solutions Ltd, by developing the “Learning Occupational Health by Experiencing Risks” (LOcHER) Project in close partnership with Colleges including South Essex College, Newport College and Prestons College who are helping to explore the subjects of Occupational Asthma brought about by paint spraying within the Motor Vehicle Repair industry, and also welding, wood dust and silica dust.
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