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The network was set up with the financial support of the European Commission as part of the LEONARDO DA VINCI programme (for a project phase from 10/2005 until 09/2007). The project started out with 13 partners from 10 countries.
In October 2009, ENETOSH was awarded with the “LEONARDO Preis 2009 Innovation in der Praxis”, by the National Agency for Education in Europe, based at Germany’s Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), for outstanding EU projects that produce inspiring results and impacts on education and training in practice.
In 2015, ENETOSH celebrated its 10th birthday at the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in Bilbao.
Today, more than 80 partners from 33 countries all over the world are involved in ENETOSH. The network is coordinated by the Institute for Work and Health (IAG) of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). During the project phase, ENETOSH was supported by an advisory board, consisting of representatives of leading European and national institutions. In 2012 a Steering Committee was established to provide guidance on key issues such as the strategic approach, common projects and events. The Steering Committee consists of representatives of the network including the (European) Social partners.
At the European and international level, ENETOSH collaborates with other networks, for example the National Focal Point network of EU-OSHA, the European Network for Safety and Health Professional Organisations (ENSHPO) and the Robert W. Campbell Award Global Network of the US National Safety Council (NSC).
The aim of ENETOSH
The fundamental aim of ENETOSH is to mainstream occupational safety and health (OSH) into education and training. Our assumption is that mainstreaming OSH into education and training will help boost the overall quality of education and prepares the ground for the development of a culture of prevention.
The scope of ENETOSH
The idea that safety and health are an integral part of lifelong learning guides the work of ENETOSH, which is why it covers all areas of education, from kindergarten to school, initial vocational training, higher education through to continuing vocational training.
Expert forums for the various levels of the education system
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- Lecturers and trainers from accident insurance institutions
- Educational staff in general and vocational education (staff in pre-schools, teachers, instructors, university lecturers, freelance trainers)
- Multipliers and policymakers (representatives of associations, ministries, social partners at national and EU-level, EU Commission, ISSA, ILO)
Our network activities promote the following at both the national and international level:
- Joint quality assurance of education and training on occupational safety and health
- High-quality mainstreaming of health and safety into the education system and
- Active knowledge-sharing between the OSH sphere and education experts.
What We Are Doing
- Active collaboration in a transnational network
- Systematic collection and assessment of examples of good practice
- Development of a joint standard of competence for teachers in occupational safety and health in Europe
Active collaboration in a transnational network
As a transnational network, ENETOSH’s task is to pool knowledge and experience in a particular field and to promote knowledge-sharing between experts and knowledge transfer in the field in Europe and worldwide. During the project phase of the network, the aim was to create structures that would ensure the network continued to exist after funding by the European Commission stopped.
The following have proved to be success factors for the network members’ active collaboration with one another:
- Good communication between network partners
- Mutual understanding and trust
- Sharing ideas and experience
Low level of hierarchy and bureaucracy
- Good balance between give and take
- Joint task
- Joint agreement of goals and actions
- Change in the network culture
- Regular meetings in person
- Additional partners
- Development of the idea behind the network based on a long-term approach
- Thorough evaluation during ongoing activities
ENETOSH is an open network. All experts dealing with OSH and education are welcome to join the network.
Systematic collection and assessment of examples of good practice
The process of identifying, selecting and presenting examples of good practice in education and training in occupational safety and health for ENETOSH is quality-assured.
A quality management system was developed during the EU project, including the following: a list of criteria for selecting examples of good practice, a data-collection sheet, a coding system, the advisory editing committee plus its statutes and a code of conduct for users of the ENETOSH platform. These tools are used in accordance with a defined workflow. [evaluation]
All of the selected examples of good practice are published in the database (“Tool box”) on this website. Users can search for examples using specific selection criteria or keywords. The system displays a brief note in English and a link to the project’s or institution’s website in the national language. Certain examples of good practice are presented in more detail (“Examples”) or grouped by topic (“Hot Topics”), media ("Videos") or online availability and interactivity ("Education Online").
To find all these examples, please choose "Good Practice" from the main menu.
Among other things, the examples of good practice provide ideas for innovative methods in education and training in occupational safety and health in Europe and are intended to promote mainstreaming of safety and health into the national education systems.
To analyse main trends and promising models within the area of education and training in OSH an empirical study of good-practice examples on www.enetosh.net is currently carried out.
Development of a joint standard of competence for teachers in occupational safety and health in Europe
ENETOSH’s special focus is on the improvement of the competences of teachers, lecturers and trainers as the determining factor for the quality of education and training in OSH. Well-qualified teachers are key to developing a culture of prevention in Europe. They need appropriate competences to ensure the transfer of knowledge about safety and health, to promote changes of attitudes and behaviour in children and adults regarding their own safety and health and to foster the establishment of a safety & health culture in schools and at other workplaces.
Taking its lead from the recent debate on the European Qualification Framework (EQF) held by ministers of education and training, European social partners and the European Commission, ENETOSH worked on competence profiles for teachers and trainers in OSH.
In the course of the ENETOSH-project a standard of competence for instructors and trainers on OSH in Europe was developed.
ENETOSH Network Connections
In this area you will find and overview of and links to other European and International networks (in alphabetical order).
After a brief description of the network in general, you will find additional information related to the activities of the network in the field of education and training related to safety and health.
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The European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP) represents the social protection institutions jointly managed by social partners (paritarian institutions) and aims to promote the paritarian management of social protection at the EU-level. This has been its key objective since its founding in 1996.
AEIP has 25 members and 29 affiliates in 19 European countries with partnerships in the USA and Canada.
ASEAN-OSHNET as an effective network in fostering a safe and healthy working environment to bring about a productive and competitive workforce, towards a better quality of life. Member countries are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The mission of the network is beneficial cooperation and solidarity among the national OSH institutions of the ASEAN countries, high capability of national OSH institutions in OSH promotion, training and research, free flow of OSH information, particularly through utilization of information and communication technology, as well as harmonization of OSH standards and guidelines.
The members countries all have a focus on one of the different fields of OSH. The Philippines have their focus on the field of education and training.
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
Cedefop is the European Agency to promote the development of vocational education and training (VET) in the European Union.
TTnet is a network of national networks set up by Cedefop in 1998 as a Pan-European forum for key players and decision-makers in the training and professional development of vocational teachers and trainers all over Europe.
- CIS Network
International Occupational Safety and Health Knowledge Network
Enhancing OSH knowledge and information networking activities is a strategic objective of the ILO. A key role is to enrich the worldwide dialogue on prevention through various means and activities aiming together at strengthening and actively supporting the contribution of knowledge in OSH to the large societal debates on the topic. The Collaboration Network, formerly known as the network of CIS National and Collaborating Centres, provides a basis for collaboration among OSH agencies, institutions and organizations.
European Map of Intergenerational Learning
EMIL is a collaborative learning network that aims to provide a general overview of the role and status of intergenerational learning. It undertakes this through collecting, exchanging, and distributing ideas and resources and by supporting regional, European and global networking strategies. EMIL brings together a range of partnerships promoting and supporting intergenerational learning in all its varied forms.
European Network for Mental Health Promotion
The ENMHP is a network for people interested in mental health promotion. ENMHP has more than 1600 members from Europe and beyond. ENMHP membership includes policy makers, practitioners and educators. The network aims to influence practitioners, policy makers, professionals and administrators. ENMHP builds on the work of ProMenPol project. ProMenPol was a 36-month project being undertaken by partners from Germany, Austria, Ireland, Finland, Estonia, Greece and Belgium. The project was a co-ordination action funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme. One of the tasks of the project was to improve the understanding of health determinants (specifically: to increase understanding/ knowledge across Member States in research terms, of health promotion and health protection policy for mental health, comparison of best practice, the prevention of mental disorders in environments such as educational institutions, workplaces, residential homes for the elderly, together with an identification of the impact of such measures on cognitive and emotional development).
The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) is an informal network of national occupational health and safety institutes, public health, health promotion and statutory social insurance institutions. ENWHP is a platform for all stakeholders interested in the improvement of workplace health and committed to working towards the vision & mission of the ENWHP: "healthy employees in healthy organisations". Currently the network has national contact offices in 28 countries.
The European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organisations (ENSHPO) brings together safety and health professional organisations from the current EU member states, new member states, applicant countries, and other European countries.
On 19th September 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding between ENSHPO and ENETOSH was signed. This memorandum of Understanding aims at a future co-operation between both networks especially in the area of education and training.
Prof. Bianchi & Dr. Bollmann signing the memorandum (click to enlarge)
The full document (PDF) you can find here: Memorandum
European Network for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training.
EQAVET is a community of practice bringing together Member States, Social Partners and the European Commission to promote European collaboration in developing and improving quality assurance in VET by using the European Quality Assurance Reference Framework. EQAVET was established by the European Commission in October 2005 to support the implementation of the Copenhagen Declaration:
In November 2002, the European Ministers of Vocational Education and Training meeting in Copenhagen agreed “to increase voluntary cooperation in vocational education and training, in order to promote mutual trust, transparency and recognition of competences and qualifications, and thereby establishing a basis for increasing mobility and facilitating access to lifelong learning”.
“Promoting cooperation in quality assurance with particular focus on exchange of models and methods, as well as common criteria and principles for quality in vocational education and training” was seen as a key priority in the Copenhagen Declaration.
EuroSafe’s mission is to prevent home and leisure accidents by working in partnership with industry, governments, research institutes and health and safety practitioners to help reduce the greatest risks. Supported by its members, EuroSafe exists to promote: Better sharing of resources: To organise the exchange of injury data and successful practices in prevention and to develop partnerships for joint projects.
The main focus is to promote the safety of Europe’s citizens by enhancing the safety of products and services that are available on the European market, to raise awareness amongst professionals, as well as the general public, of injury risks at home and in leisure and offer cost effective measures to prevent these injuries.
The Eurydice Network provides information on and analyses of European education systems and policies.
It consists of 42 national units based in 38 countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme (28 Member States, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey). It is coordinated and managed by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels, which drafts its publications and databases.
- Focal Point Network of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU OSHA)
EU-OSHA’s main safety and health information network is made up of a focal point in each EU Member State, as well as in Candidate and potential Candidate Countries and EFTA countries. Focal points are nominated by each government as the Agency's official representative in that country, and they are normally the national authority for safety and health at work.
The members of the Agency Contact group “Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health” are in turn nominated by the focal points.
According to the Community Strategies and the current Strategic Framework on OSH the EU-Agency is carrying out activities in the field of mainstreaming OSH into education since 2002. The Agency provides a special website dedicated to Mainstreaming OSH into education.
Mainstreaming OSH into education:
Focal points: osha.europa.eu
Geolibrary.org is an electronic library of occupational and environmental health training materials with a specialty branch, Road Safety at Work. The library user information is available in six languages, and contains training materials and practice tools located in the public domain and are available to the user free of charge.
The GeoLibrary is a project of the Network of Collaborating Centres Work Plan in support of the WHO strategy of “Occupational Health for All.”
The International Network of Safety & Health Practitioner Organisations (INSHPO)
INSHPO is the global voice for the occupational safety and health profession and acts as a forum for international collaboration among professional organisations to improve safety and health at work. INSHPO started from an appreciation that occupational safety and health issues and concerns are not limited by national borders. With the increasing worldwide distribution of products and provision of services, the widespread migration of workers, and the conduct of international corporate activities, almost every issue that occupational safety and health professionals face is global in scope. Yet, in this climate, practising generalists often lack the facility to influence policymakers on a global scale and establish effective, mutually supportive international networks and address concerns of common interest. In response, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) in the United Kingdom created INSHPO in 2001. INSHPO has since grown to include 14 member organisations in 11 countries.
- ISSA: Special Commission on Prevention
The Special Commission on Prevention of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) is composed of 13 international prevention sections. One of these sections is dedicated to education and training for prevention.
The ISSA is the world's leading international organization for social security institutions, government departments and agencies. The ISSA promotes excellence in social security administration through professional guidelines, expert knowledge, services and support to enable its members to develop dynamic social security systems and policy throughout the world. Founded in 1927 under the auspices of the International Labour Organization, the ISSA counts more than 320 member organizations in over 150 countries.
Website of the Section of the ISSA on Education and Training for Prevention: www.issa.int/en/web/prevention-education
National Association of Organizations in Occupational Safety and Health was founded in 2011. At present its membership consists of 67 organizations all over Russia. They deal with issues of training and education in occupational safety and render services in occupational safety and health.
In the scope of the 14th ENETOSH Network Meeting in Turin, a Memorandum of Understanding between NAOOSH and ENETOSH was signed on 5th November 2012. The aim of the memorandum is to establish relations between the two organizations with a view of strengthening and extending cooperation between the Russian Federation and European Union's countries in the sphere of education and training in occupational safety and health.
Dmitry N. Platygin & Dr. Bollmann signing the memorandum (click to enlarge)
The full document (PDF) you can find here.
- Network of WHO/Collaborating Centres in occupational health
As a designated WHO collaborating centre, the members of the global network of WHO collaborating centres for occupational health's overall purpose is to assist the organization in implementing the World Health Assembly Resolution 60.26: the Global Plan of Action on Workers' Health, 2008-2017. Members of the network are currently undertaking activities in line with the workplan objectives for the period 2012-2017.
OIC Network for Occupational Safety and Health (OIC-OSHNET) is a transnational networks project under the framework of Vocational Education and Training Programme for Islamic Countries (OIC-VET). It was proposed by the Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) in order to establish closer cooperation for sharing knowledge, experience and new technologies, conduct joint research and training, exchange of good practices and to organize new initiatives, projects and programmes in the field of Occupational Safety and Health among similar local, national and regional institutions, OSH researchers and practitioners, national authorities, policy makers, social security institutions and employers' and workers' organizations active in this field in the OIC Member Countries.
- Robert W. Campbell Award
The US National Safety Council (NSC) with global partners organise the Robert W. Campbell Award, an international award for business excellence. The Award recognizes companies that have successfully integrated health, safety and environmental management into their overall business operations.
The Award programme is supported by a network of more than 20 Global Partners across five continents. The Award business cases have been converted to be used as resources for engineering and business schools, and to promote partnerships with business schools and cooperation among professors/lecturers.
In 2009, ENETOSH joined the global network of the Robert W. Campbell Award.
- SHE network
Schools for Health in Europe network (SHE) aims to support organisations and professionals to further develop and sustain school health promotion in each country by providing the European platform for school health promotion. The network is coordinated by CBO, as a WHO Collaborating Centre for School Health Promotion.
- The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
RoSPA takes an active role in a number of European projects on injury prevention. Meeting professionals from other countries leads to valuable exchange of information and good practice. Projects: European Child Safety Alliance, Child Safety Action Plans, RoSPA and the AdRisk project, European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (EuroSafe)
- Workers' Health Education
The Workers' Health Education website aims to provide a database of learning materials for safe and healthy work all over the world.
It collects, selects and organizes learning materials that are available on the Internet, free of charge or for low prices, from nonprofit organizations. In addition, it provides a forum where participants can ask the community for support for specific needs and share their own training materials, experiences, plans and programs.
Thank you Sabine Sommer for providing us with the description of some of the networks.