The Royal Academy of Engineering has published a report of a meeting in response to recommendations in the Haddon-Cave Nimrod Review on engineering and safety.

Representatives of the engineering profession, industry and experts in health and safety debated whether there was a need for the creation of a new professional body to set professional and ethical standards on safety.

A wide-ranging discussion identified the critical importance of safety across the profession and its institutions but agreed that the creation of a new body was not the best way to proceed. Rather, it was important for the profession to work together on approaches to inculcate and promulgate safety throughout the work of an engineer.

The report, Safety in engineered systems, is available through the following link:
Safety in Engineering Report (140.03 KB)

This report has been disseminated to all the engineering institutions and professional bodies, and the engineering community is continuing to ensure that safety is a key priority in its activities.

Notes for editors

Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK's most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain's engineering community.

The Haddon Cave Nimrod Review was an independent review into the broader issues surrounding the loss of the RAF Nimrod MR2 aircraft XV230 in Afghanistan in 2006. The report was published in October 2009 and is available through the following link:
www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc0809/hc10/1025/1025.pdf

For more information please contact

Frances Downey at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0676