The progressing globalisation, informatisation and internationalisation of social and economic life is a mix of interdependent phenomena which has led to many positive outcomes, but also negative consequences.
Especially troubling are the consequences that affect human beings directly and affect the basis of their lives, including dignified, safe and healthy working conditions. The importance of this issue is illustrated by the long-standing functioning of such international organisations and institutions as: the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (1995); the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (1995); the European Network of Health Promoting Schools (1993); the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (1975) and the International Labour Organisation (since 1919).
Safety in the workplace is a challenge which is extremely important in the process of joining the European and global information society. The future will require to have a broad view of occupational safety as a field which encompasses not only traditional occupational health and safety issues, but also security and protection, rescue, protection of confidential information, fire and environmental protection, as well as the atmosphere in the workplace, where mobbing prevention is becoming increasingly important.
A serious approach to these issues demands that it be treated with appropriately prioritising them, beginning with the organisational positioning of the person responsible for it – deputy director or deputy manager. The professional training of such staff, who would be competent to work in positions that are executive, didactic and educational at the same time, is yet another challenge for college education programmes. This demand is addressed by the Occupational Health and Safety Management Post-Graduate Studies course.
The chief aim of the course is to train students to acquire the highest status and rights in occupational safety management according to European standards and in keeping with the principals of integrated systems of management.
The course is directed primarily to college graduates who work (or intend to work) in positions related to the organisation and management of occupational health and safety in private companies, institutions, state and local government agencies and in educating in health and safety in life, work, school and service: high- and mid-level executive staff; full-time occupational health and safety services, fire protection, environmental protection, confidential information protection and workplace security and safety staff; candidates for workplace occupational health and safety specialist positions; persons dealing with the security management and crisis response system; persons interested in self-improvement and raising their professional qualifications.
Graduates of the Occupational Health and Safety Management post-graduate course will be distinguished by their competence including reliable knowledge and skills in occupational health and safety organising, management and education. Obtaining an internal occupational health and safety management system auditor’s certificate will make them professionally prepared to co-ordinate occupational health and safety matters in institutions and enterprises according to the latest legal regulations. They will have significantly broadened their knowledge of social, emotional and motivational psychology, especially concerning the psychosocial circumstances of how staff teams work; they will have improved their social communication and self-presentation skills and their ability to build their own and their company’s (workplace’s) image.