The BCS has joined forces with the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) to set up a group to oversee the skills needed to work on safety-related systems, writes John Kavanagh.
The Competency Liaison Group will maintain and promote skills standards in safety-related programmable, electronic or electrical systems.
In effect it will take over from a group which has just published skills guidelines in this field under the auspices of the Health and Safety Executive. The new group will include representatives from all three organisations.
"This initiative will ensure that the BCS and the IEE continue to co-operate in the very positive and productive manner that has resulted so far in the production of the competencies," the group says.
The group's activities will include promoting the use of the competencies, for example by offering materials via the Web, monitoring the take-up and use of the competencies, advising organisations on best practice relating to competency assessments; and overseeing development of competencies.
It will also encourage development of training materials for people who do competency assessments.
Looking further ahead, the group says that if requested it will oversee development of an industry scheme that might include certification.
The guidance is published in Safety, Competency and Commitment: Competency Guidelines for Safety-Related System Practitioners, which sets out voluntary procedures for assessing technical skills, behavioural skills, knowledge of particular applications and understanding, especially of safety and risk principles.
It shows how to run an assessment scheme, with guidance on assessing 12 defined competencies.
The book costs £185 and is available from the IEE web site - www.iee.org.uk - or from PO Box 96, Michael Faraday House, Stevenage SG1 2SD (01438-313311)