Salim Vohra
Consultancy: Guide Development

Guide development is hard work but there is a real sense of satisfaction when the final draft is written (and the final diagrams are drawn). This is particularly so when it is then professionally graphic designed and printed, it does not feel like your work when you see the final polished version! It is even better when people use it and say they have found it useful.

consultancy: guide development, regeneration, masterplans, planning, design

Health-Proofing Masterplan Designs: A Guide

Stoke-on-Trent Healthy City Programme, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, NHS Stoke-on-Trent,
Institute of Occupational Medicine, 2010

This guide came out of my thinking on doing HIAs of masterplans over the last five years.

Masterplans are the set of documents, particularly design drawings, that are developed to show how the physical environment of an area is going to be transformed from one set of existing buildings and land uses to another similar, or different, set of buildings and land uses. Figure 2 on page 9 shows an example of a masterplan design.

The aim of this guide is to describe in detail how to systematically review masterplan designs so that they incorporate public health and healthy urban planning best practice. It is therefore primarily aimed at public health/health impact assessment (HIA) professionals and planning professionals new to healthy urban planning and design. It can also be used by local community groups and voluntary sector agencies.

We see two uses of this guide. It can support:
  • The review and health-proofing of masterplan design options when these designs are being publicly consulted on during the masterplanning process.
  • The awareness raising and training of public health, HIA and planning professionals - in the public, private and voluntary sectors - in healthy urban planning.

consultancy: guide development, industrial, mining, projects

Good Practice Guidance on Health Impact Assessment

International Council on Mining and Metals, 2010

This writing project, for which I was lead writer, involved developing a state-of-art, flexible and holistic approach to HIA in the mining and metals sector that fits both the developed and developing country contexts of mining and metals projects whilst taking account of current HIA best practice. It used the guide developed for the oil and gas industry by IPIECA as starting point.

It takes a strongly social determinants of health approach and is innovative in developing:
  • the use of ‘first look’ in-house rapid HIAs during the early stages of new projects and changes to existing projects as a way of embedding HIA practice within mining and metals companies;
  • follow up of these rapid ‘first look’ HIAs with more in-depth commissioned specialist HIAs either as standalone HIAs or as part of ESHIAs (Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment);
  • the development of a hierarchy of enhancement alongside the established hierarchy of mitigation; and
  • a clear comptency framework for commissioning HIA consultants and developing in-house HIA expertise.

consultancy: guide development, industrial, mining, projects

Good Practice Guidance on Occupational Health Risk Assessment

International Council on Mining and Metals, 2009

This writing project, for which I was lead writer and project manager, involved developing a state-of-art, flexible and holistic approach to HRA in the mining and metals sector that fits both the developed and developing country contexts of mining and metals projects whilst taking account of current HRA best practice. It used the guide developed for the oil and gas industry by IPIECA as starting point.

It:
  • deveops a 13 step approach to conducting the 3 broad types of HRA - baseline, issues-based/targeted and continuous
  • identifies the key competencies needed to conduct HRAs
  • describes how to undertake the key steps in the HRA process
  • illustrative examples of how to analyse and quantify the potential risks
  • shows how to quality assure the HRA
The aim of occupational HRAs is to systematically and proactively idnetify health hazards in the workplace, assess their potential risks to health and determine appropriate control measures to protect the health and wellbeing of workers.

consultancy: guide development, greenspace, projects, strategies

Health Impact Assessment of Greenspace: A Guide

greenspace scotland, Health Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Institute of Occupational Medicine, 2008

This writing project, for which I was lead writer and project manager, involved developing a overarching summary of a literature review of evidence undertaken by the University of York and key questions to ask when dealing with new greenspace policies, strategies, plans, frameworks, programmes or projects.

It:
  • provides background information on greenspace and current greenspace policy context in Scotland
  • contains a summary of a review of international research evidence on greenspace and health
  • suggests questions to help apply this evidence to specific greenspace or greenspace-related proposals
  • outlines how to use this evidence to do a HIA including creating causal pathway diagrams
  • provides short case studies of some completed HIAs of greenspace
  • highlights sources of data and further information on greenspace