Integration of occupational risk prevention courses in engineering degrees: Delphi study
|Cortés Díaz, José María
Pellicer Armiñana, Eugenio
Catalá Alís, Joaquín
|Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Ingeniería y Ciencia de los Materiales y del Transporte
|Engineering syllabuses often lack courses covering occupational risk prevention. In Spain, professional competences are awarded along with the completion of a university degree. This means that new graduates are certified ...
Engineering syllabuses often lack courses covering occupational risk prevention. In Spain, professional competences are awarded along with the completion of a university degree. This means that new graduates are certified in areas where they have received little or no training, such as occupational risk prevention. However, the academic reforms established by the Bologna Process, which strives to homogenize university degrees throughout Europe, compels European universities to design new syllabuses. The main goal of this paper is to define a framework for including occupational risk prevention education in the new engineering syllabuses. This exploratory research applied the Delphi methodology to a panel of 59 experts using questionnaires assessed with a four-point Likert scale through two rounds. A Web site supported all the information flow. According to the experts who participated in this study, education and training in occupational risk prevention is essential for improving the safety culture within a company or workplace. They concurred that this subject should be a separate mandatory course in all engineering degree programs. The participants recommended that an optional course should be considered only if a mandatory course is not approved. It was also deemed desirable to integrate occupational risk prevention as a cross-field subject in other technological courses, even if the syllabus already includes some related courses.