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 European Union’s new strategy on health and safety at work tries to tackle these challenges of the future. This strategy is a difficult challenge. For Poland this means the need to quickly and comprehensively take up concrete measure to promote health and safety. These should be long-term and systemic measures which take into account the impact of mental and social health on the quality of work and the state of human safety and health in the working environment. This requires the consolidation of the efforts and attitudes that make up the philosophy of work and vocation, while simultaneously preventing, foreseeing and evaluating vocational risk. Today, risk control and management is a vital professional and managerial skill that will become a priority with the new EU strategy. The graduates of the Occupational Health and Safety with Methodology post-graduate course will have such qualifications.
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 with Methodology 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.
An analysis of the job market entitles us to say that there is already a big demand for such specialists and that that demand will grow even larger in the future, especially in larger corporations with international contacts and aware of safety issues, not only from the point of view of social responsibility, but also from the point of view of economic calculation. More and more businesses understand that occupational safety is not only about providing the right technology, but most of all a problem of mentality and awareness, which can be met only by well-qualified specialists who are competent in labour law, technology and engineering, but most of all with sound psychosocial, organisational and managerial training. Graduates of this Occupational Health and Safety with Methodology course will surely become such specialists.