Leckram Chimeea

Leckram graduated from the MSc Safety and Risk Management programme in 2014. He works as the Chief Occupational Safety and Health Officer for the Ministry of Labour in Mauritius.

Can you tell us about where you work and describe your role?

I have 25 years experience in the field of Occupational Safety and Health. Presently, I hold the post of Chief Occupational Safety and Health officer in the Ministry of labour, Industrial Relation and Employment and I am in charge of the Accident and Prosecution Unit. All accidents at work, fatal or non-fatal are investigated into and court actions are taken if enquiry has revealed a breach of the OSH legislation.

Why did you choose Heriot-Watt and the programme that you studied?

The course content appealed to me and is very relevant to my field and the cost of the programme was affordable.

What was your experience of doing a degree at Heriot-Watt University?

The teaching methodology was well engineered for this distance learning programme and I enjoyed it very much.

Has your degree helped you in your profession?

Yes, it has widened my perspective of safety and helped me in the knowledge of the subject and in my self-confidence, especially when I was called upon to participate in a commission of enquiry to investigate into the death of two children at a water park.

Do you have any advice for students interested in working in your field?

Safety encompasses a very broad spectrum, including science, technology, engineering, ergonomics, human factors, reliability and resilience engineering, etc. In fact safety is in all domains, in all fields and concerns people of all ages, from infancy (safety at home) to old age (safety in homes). I would encourage students to study the maximum in the field of safety as there are so many prospects.

The teaching methodology was well engineered for this distance learning programme.