Safety Groups UK

How do I implement the LOcHER project?

The Project Drivers

Lecturers, Trainers, and H&S professionals

This section on implementing LOcHER contains:

  • Student created examples demonstrating how to control exposure to toxic dusts for preventing work-related lung disease
  • A list of projects development ideas for you to develop your own materials with your students. More project ideas will be added
  • A link to a concise showcase presentation in the resources section

We invite you to use these materials as a guide for creating ideas with your students within their curriculum.

Alternatively, you can use the already created materials to promote exposure control, as applicable to your situation.

Curriculum managers and Heads of Departments

We invite you to promote and share the benefits of the project among your colleagues using materials found in these project pages. There is a PowerPoint presentation (in preparation) in the resources section that you may find it useful

College marketing and public relations departments

We invite you to promote the achievements of your students to the College Board, local communities, employers and professional bodies

For more information and help, talk to colleges who have already taken part or the Steering Group (locher@hse.gov.uk)


Principles of the project

The project is based on the following principles:

  • Students like the use of active and problem-based learning. They consider these methods help in preparing them for future employment activities
  • Students' self-directed learning needs the support of curriculum managers, lecturers, and tutors
  • LOcHER activities are not stand-alone but form part of an integrated learning approach for a module or subject
  • Students should prepare the behavioural modification and risk mitigation messages by self-directed learning
  • Their approaches should also encourage other young learners to construct their own ways for learning and reinforcement
  • Information should enable the learning of risk control messages by experiencing/understanding risks and their controls
  • Information should build on learners' existing knowledge as well as new knowledge and understanding of concepts
  • Experiments and experiencing the simulated risks should not place the young learners in harm's way
  • The LOcHER activity must be undertaken in accordance with college risk management protocols and procedures

Case Studies

They contain student created examples to e.g. show how exposure to toxic dusts could be controlled for reducing the risk of work-related lung disease.

  1. Exposure to isocyanate particles and occupational asthma in the motor vehicle refinishing industry
  2. Why it is important to select the right respirator to protect against hazardous dust
  3. Ways of demonstrating the effects of welding fume and exposure control methods
  4. What happens if you are exposed to asbestos and what can you do to control exposure
  5. Dust and boots rap to demonstrate the effects of exposure to dust and using PPE

Other Project Development Ideas

Work in progress.