Student commended by IOSH

Friday 22 March 2013
Sarah Davidson collects her IOSH prize. Photo courtesy of Steve Burden Photography
Course Leader Carole Conroy, with IOSH President Gerard Hand, and winning student Sarah Davidson. Photo courtesy of Steve Burden Photography

Sarah Davidson, an MSc graduate of the University of Salford, was recently recommended by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) for her research into laser use in the entertainment industry, at the IOSH 2013 Conference and Exhibition.

Sarah undertook the research as part of her MSc in Occupational Health and Safety, which was studied part-time over three years alongside working for the BBC as a Safety Adviser. Her main work has involved advising on health and safety for programmes including Top Gear, The One Show and Bang Goes the Theory.

When asked why choosing Salford to study, she said feedback from colleagues who had studied there had found the University of Salford a great place to study with lecturers who were always supportive and encouraging.

During the course of her study Sarah also said "My dynamic work commitments had included supporting the US production Dancing with the Stars, (the equivalent of the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing) so having access to an electronic method of submitting assignments allowed me to keep on track and submit work to deadline despite, time and location differences which some place of study still do not offer. This of course, was in addition to access to the face-to-face tutor and lecture support and the ability to contact tutors for discussion via email. When working and studying this is so advantageous."

The commendation came as part of the Institution’s Bright Spark student research poster competition - a contest run to recognise and disseminate the work of up-and-coming researchers in occupational safety and health.

As overall winner of the competition, Sarah scooped a £1,000 prize and a pass to the IOSH 2013 Conference and Exhibition. Since winning the award Sarah has become one of the BBC’s Lead Advisers on Display Laser Effects and has taken on a wider remit supporting more outdoor events and festivals which are likely to use such effects.

Sarah said: "I will be supporting the BBC TV teams at Glastonbury this year so I will be putting my knowledge into practice no doubt, as it such a popular effect with bands and DJs.
"By winning the research prize it has allowed me to gain personal recognition of my hard work and given me confidence and encouragement to further develop the work."

Sarah has also been invited to work on an entertainment steering group to provide improved guidance to entertainment venues and operator of display lasers.