(Post)academic safety and health courses, how to assess quality?

Paul Swuste, Frank van Dijk

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Quality of (post)academic courses on safety and health is a delicate topic. In the scientific safety literature quality of these courses is hardly an item of publications. Evaluation of (post)academic safety and health courses hardly go beyond an inventory of trainees’ perception of the course, and results of examinations of course members. This paper discusses some educational literature on quality assessment, going back to the late 1950s, 1960s. These publications provide a heuristic for evaluation of education, still used today. Transfer of knowledge, skills and attitudes, learned during these courses is thereby the central point. Evaluation studies on transfer deserve more attention, for instance by assessing trainees’ input in safety management of their company or organisation, and more specifically their impact on major accident scenarios and quality of safety barriers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOccupational and Environmental Safety and Health
EditorsPedro M. Arezes, João S. Baptista, Mónica P. Barroso
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-14730-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-14729-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameStudies in Systems, Decision and Control
ISSN (Print)2198-4182
ISSN (Electronic)2198-4190


  • (Post)academic course
  • Education
  • Quality assessment
  • Safety and health


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