How best to communicate health and safety messages to young learners in vocational education and training

This research project was commissioned by the Long Latency Health Risks Division (LLHRD) of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in order to identify the most effective ways of communicating messages about the risks of Long Latency Diseases (LLD) to young learners in Vocational Education and Training (VET). The National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) carried out the research for the HSE.
Long Latency Diseases are caused by breathing in harmful substances, but the ill health can take a long time, often many years, to manifest after the point of exposure. Young learners are at particular risk from LLD both because of their inexperience and because of the distance their youth puts them from diseases that could affect them in later life. A number of industries are known to be at high risk of LLD, including construction, engineering, plumbing, stonemasonry, quarry and foundry work.
The purpose of this research was to provide evidence to the HSE which it can use to reduce future
incidence of LLD by raising awareness and good practice among the young learners of today.

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