MOSHA (Macedonian Occupational Safety And Health Association), a member of the ENETOSH network, is the leading institution, in partnership with the Serbian, Kosovar, Albanian and Montenegrin OSH associations, in associate partnership with the IOSH, Croatian OSH institute, Slovenian association of safety engineers and Bulgarian OSH foundation.
Several initial meetings in the partner countries and conferences have been and will be held, like the First International Balkan Regional Conference "OSH BON-TON" in October 2015 in Ohrid, Macedonia and the 2nd international conference "Occupational Cancer and more" in November 2016 in Bled, Slovenia.
In the scope of the International OSH Conference in Obzor, Macedonia, in May 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between BALcanOSH and ENETOSH.
For more information, visit the BALcanOSH website or follow the hashtag #balcanosh on Twitter.
Motto of the XXI World Congress on Safety & Health at work 2017 is "A Global Vision of Prevention", with three topics.
Topic 1: Vision Zero - From Vision to Reality
Topic 2: Healthy Work - Healthy Life and
Topic 3: People-centred Prevention.
Objectives are to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, practices and experience between participants with the aim of promoting safety and health at work, to reinforce and build networks and alliances while laying the groundwork for cooperation and strengthening relationships among all concerned and to provide a platform for the development of knowledge and strategic and practical ideas that can be immediately put into use.
The congress will take place form 3-6 September 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
In April 2016, EU-OSHA, together with the European Commission and the Netherlands’ EU Council Presidency, launched its 2016-17 campaign, Healthy Workplaces for All Ages. This new campaign focuses on sustainable work and healthy ageing from the beginning of working life and highlights the importance of risk prevention throughout a person’s career. Based on the European Parliament project ‘Safer and healthier work at any age’ conducted by EU-OSHA, the campaign highlights the benefits of good occupational safety and health for workers, companies and society as a whole.
ENETOSH will especially promote the life-course approach of the campaign. By doing this, the network will stress the importance of learning and re-learning within an ageing society. In addition the network will raise the question about the different prerequisites for a good learning and working environment at different ages.
Click here for the official campaign website website.
The report found that the safety advice currently available ‘assumes’ that apprentices are 24 or under, male, and working in a manual trade. However, recent evidence shows that the typical apprentice is 25 or older, female, and in the service sector. This can lead to a ‘dearth’ of adequate safety advice for apprentices in the UK.
In fact, according to its findings, almost three quarters (73%) of all apprentices starting in 2014/15 were in three sectors: business, administration and law (29%); health, public services and care (26%); and retail and commercial enterprise (18%). A total of 53% of these apprenticeships starts were by women (264,800) and 47% by men (235,100), said the report.
More apprentices also have disabilities today. In the year analysed, 2014/15, 44,000 (9%) of apprenticeship starters had learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The number was 26,000 in 2009/10 and has risen in four of the past five years.
Now RosPA is starting work to address issues identified in the report and to extend and enhance the available information on apprentices. Through NOSHC it aims to engage with the GB health and safety community to identify further good practice and disseminate through the RoSPA Young Worker’s Website.
See the full report here (PDF file).
| Bild: | The project will also promote teachers’ active involvement and active participation in their own training, to test, experiment, develop and implement methodologies and tools in school, enhancing the quality and relevance of the learning process, innovating practices for improving teaching competences and abilities in order to deliver occupational safety and health issues.
Practical outcomes of the project, which is a cooperation of Autoridade para as Condições do Trabalho (PT), Universidade de Aveiro (PT), AFTEBI - Associação para a Formação Tecnológica e Profissional da Beira Interior (PT), The National Research and Development Institute of Occupational Safety (INCDPM)(ROM), Výzkumný ústav bezpecnosti práce Praha (CZ), Technische Universiteit Delft (NL) and Universitat de Girona (ESP), will be an OSH Teacher Education Reference Guide, a Practical Guide for teachers (OSH! What a bright idea!) and a booklet for students.
OHSM has already been active in the network over the last years and participated in several meetings and events, e.g at the World Congress on Safety and Health 2014 and the 10th anniversary of ENETOSH In Bilbao last year.
To learn more about OHSM Nigeria, please visit the OHSM website, the partner's page on enetosh.net and watch the videos with interviews of OHSM representatives Ehi Iden and Dayo Omolade, Dr. Maymunah Kadiri and Ehi Iden on the 2015 and 2016 World Day for Health and Safety at Work.
Furthermore, OHSM runs a blog with interesting articles.
This year, the Conference is poised once again to bring together WSH professionals, business leaders and government officials to learn about latest trends and developments impacting WSH and its practice. The fourth edition of this biennial conference is expected to bring together more than 800 delegates from across the region and industries.
The Singapore WSH Conference 2016, with the theme “Total WSH: The Future of Our Workplace”, highlights the importance of adopting a holistic approach towards managing both safety and health risks in the workplace. Leading practitioners and businesses will share their insights and experiences on how addressing health, along with safety, contributes to employee engagement, satisfaction and productivity, as well as organisational sustenance and business success. The Conference will provide leaders and professionals with key knowledge and tools to achieve sustenance in their efforts towards better safety and health outcomes.
The Singapore WSH Conference 2016 is co-organised by the WSH Council, WSH Institute and Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
For more information about the Singapore WSH Conference 2016, please visit www.singaporewshconference.sg
The first course starts 7 March 2016, and it is possible to sign up now. The course is at Master level but can be attended by anyone interested in work and health.
| Bild: | The course is teaching basic knowledge on work and health and how to prevent the development of diseases and injuries, caused by working conditions. The industrial activity in the developing countries is increasing, but focus on the working conditions is not following. Both the industry and the health services worldwide lack knowledge about the high risk of injuries and death in the work place. As a result, millions of people are getting hurt. This course is a contribution to reduce the problem.
All information and sign in for the course on www.futurelearn.com
The study is conducted in response to a request made by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2015 to systematically analyse ENETOSH’s wealth of experience in order to make empirical statements on trends and promising models for integrating safety and health into education.
The project started in December 2015. The study consists of a qualitative analysis of criteria-based good-practice examples on www.enetosh.net as well as a statistical analysis of correlations and their size.
The category system on which the study is based as well as the study’s design will be presented at the 8th International Conference on Occupational Safety and Health in Istanbul.
The themes are: Health and wellbeing, Organisational change and OSH performance, Occupational Health and safety performance reporting and Sustainability and OSH as a material issue, Learning and Training Methodologies and OSH.
Researchers who have a proven track record in high quality research can apply for funding. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 15 March 2016.
More information and the applying form on the IOSH website.
Learners log in via smartphone, tablet or laptop and compete against each other in quizzes relevant to integration in Germany. The quizzes introduce to the German way of life, culture and legal and political frameworks. They highlight issues of refugees and migrants in Germany. They also address refugees and potential migrants wishing to come to Germany. Critical incidents of the entire migration life cycle are presented and offer insights and solutions through further information and learning material.
As cultural diversity is an important topic in occupational safety and health, this tool can help to face challenges caused by growing numbers of migrants, refugees and of multicultural workplaces.
More information on www.yeepa.de
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First results from this workshop are now available on this website. In addition you will find the video “10 Years of ENETOSH”, all presentations and a picture gallery here.
It provides information, tools, contacts and exchange of experiences to find partners, support and adapted solutions for organising transnational mobility. The Network will provide added value by supporting and guiding those organisations without any experience to get into mobility and integrating them in the EuroApprenticeship “club”, so that they can find partners and develop mobility on a wider scale.
More information on the member's page of the institute and the institute's website.
For this reason, ABClean distinguishes between two types of workers when it comes to asbestos. The first group consists of workers in companies that are specialized in asbestos removal, who receive the appropriate training to perform this task and the second group consists of workers in other professions who are not specialized in asbestos removal, but who may encounter asbestos containing products in the course of e.g. maintenance, demolition or renovation. While some Member States have legislation in place to train this second group of workers on asbestos awareness, other Member States do not. In order to help address this discrepancy, the e-learning course is being offered together with training providers and institutes for occupational medicine.
The ABClean e-learning course is available in Polish, Lithuanian, Spanish and English. For more information see project website and project newsletter. For information on how to sign up for the course please contact Stephen Schindler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NIOSH produces new scientific knowledge and provides practical solutions vital to reducing risks of injury and death in traditional industries, such as agriculture and construction; and also supports research to predict, prevent, and address emerging problems that arise from dramatic changes in the 21st Century workplace and workforce.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the U.S. federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations to prevent worker injury and illness. NIOSH has more than 1,200 employees from a diverse set of fields including epidemiology, medicine, nursing, industrial hygiene, safety, psychology, chemistry, statistics, economics, and many branches of engineering.
More information on the official NIOSH website.
The department is responsible for the delivery of a range of services including; advice, training, auditing, accident investigation, fire safety services, occupational health services. The department is dedicated to promoting the health and safety of students, staff, contractors, visitors and others in the University and creating a safe environment for all through guidance, coordination, monitoring and dissemination of information.
More information on the department website.
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The workshop is jointly organized by ILO, ISSA, EU-OSHA, NIOSH and ENETOSH.
If you are interested to participate in this workshop please send a message to: email@example.com. Due to organizational reasons the number of participants will be limited.
Please click here for more information and the program:
CERISE's mission is to promote to the wider public and the local SME (industrial and business) communities the values and necessities of safety. To provide to the local SME (industrial and business) communities applied solutions, executive training and consulting. To create a new generation of highly educated researchers and scholars in the areas of Risk, Safety and the Environment.
More information on the member's page of CERISE.
Apart from a look back into the past of ENETOSH, the recent developments concerning education and training in OSH will be investigated from different perspectives in a dynamic and interactive way. The workshop will cover recent research, leading approaches to mainstreaming OSH, practical examples of how to do the training and awareness raising campaigns. Last but not least a picture of the future of disseminating the ENETOSH model globally will be developed.
The number of participants will be limited.
If you are interested to participate please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Around the world, millions of children need to work for their survival. Besides the fact that this is unacceptable, this work often is dangerous and unhealthy, too. The International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) was created in 1992 with the overall goal of the progressive elimination of child labour, which was to be achieved through strengthening the capacity of countries to deal with the problem and promoting a worldwide movement to combat child labour. IPEC currently has operations in 88 countries and is the biggest single operational programme of the ILO.
All information and facts on the programme and on child labourn are available on the IPEC website.
The English speaking 4-semester part-time program comprises of 30 ECTS-points, equaling about 60 on- campus and excursion days in total 12 to 13 modules per specialisation. Lectures will be held in Lausanne and Zurich, Switzerland, excursions may take place all over in Switzerland.
We foster interdisciplinarity, giving students with various professional and educational backgrounds the opportunity to learn and work together. The study program concludes in a project work, where our stu- dents proof their acquired skills and knowledge in working independently in small interdisciplinary groups on real work+health projects.
Target group: People interested in the field of work and health with an academic background in medicine, natural or social sciences, as well as headteachers of schools and safety experts at universities.
The course is open to everyone in or outside Switzerland meeting the admission criteria. Please find further information on our homepage www.mas-workandhealth.uzh.ch.
For any questions, please contact Sven Hoffmann, program manager DAS Work+Health; email@example.com
| Bild: | Topics are bullying and cyberbullying, sound and listening, spinal problems, hygiene, healthy living, road safety, media competence, psychosocial risks, and more.
All information and materials are available on the platform (in German).
Vist the site here.
The Oklahoma Department of Labor and the Oklahoma State Department of Education will now be working together to educate students in grades 7 thru 12 about workplace safety. Both departments will be providing curriculum, produced by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) entitled NIOSH Youth@Work: Talking Safety. NIOSH is a federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injuries and illness.
“Many teens will be entering their first jobs this summer in restaurants, grocery stores, and offices,” continued Claravall. “But what most don’t know is that these young workers are twice as likely as their adult counterparts to get hurt on the job.” According to federal studies, an average of 200,000 teens under 18 are injured at work with 70 cases ending up being fatal. The studies indicate that a lot of the teen worker injuries will happen within the first few months of their employment due to a lack of safety training provided.
“These high number of injuries are now going to change, thanks to SB 262. We especially appreciate the wisdom and leadership of Senators Susan Paddack and Anastasia Pittman, Representative Todd Thomsen, and Latta High School teacher Stacy Oakley,” he concluded.
Claravall said that protecting the youngest workforce begins in the classroom. Teaching teens how to recognize and identify hazards will lead to injury prevention and safer working environments. Developing safer workers at an early age leads to economic development in the long run.
The institute is divided into three sections dealing with occupational health, safety at work and education and information dissemination. The main goal of CIHPSW is to develop and disseminate knowledge on sustainable and healthy work. More information in our member's area (click the main menu on the top left of this page or the map on the top right) and on the CIHPSW website.
During the conference, a diverse training program (with simultaneous translation) will be presented by leading Bulgarian and foreign lecturers with proven experience in OSH, including three days of international OSH training by Dr David Gold (Gold-Knecht Associates, Switzerland). The 7th meeting of the ENETOSH Steering committee will be held in the scope of the conference, too.
More information and conference invitation on the FCBZR Website or Facebook page.
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In this video on the BSC YouTube channel, Bob Harris, Health, Safety and Environmental officer at JBC Heavy products, clearly explains that the training that BSC provided for his company enabled them to cut accidents by 75%. He and his colleagues were trained by the BSC, that offers a couple of training packages at the training center. All employees of JBC get health and safety training now as well.
| Bild: | The British Safety Council offers a wide selection of training services which can be attended at its public venues, or can be arranged as private in-company courses. BSC Training is designed to be interactive and practical.
More videos on the BSC YouTube channel, more information on BSC on the website www.britsafe.org
The group, which is dedicated to the promotion of Health and Safety in partnership with the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON), American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Nigerian Red Cross society, Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Lagos State Fire Service had the theme: “Keep Safe, Live Healthy.”
It was attended by the Director-General of the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC), Mrs Dominga Odebunmi, among others. The others include industry captains, engineers, road safety officers, teachers, and youths. About 245 people participated in the walk. The road walk started at about 6am and covered eight kilometres.
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ETUCE requires a contractor with an external and objective scientific perspective and expertise on the issue at stake, to carry out the research study at local level amongst education staff (teachers, school leaders) including four case studies in the target countries (Romania, Germany, Finland and Belgium).
Deadline for this call is February 6th, 2015.
Find the call for tender here , all information on ETUCE on the website csee-etuce.org.
This year, the organizers of the event made a formal invitation to the enterprises, registered and operating in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, to participate in this contest of the annual national awards for safety and health at work. The best companies in OSH will be awarded in several categories.
At the beginning of June 2015, the Foundation Center for Safety & Health at Work will organize an OSH conference at the Black Sea.
More information on the website fcbzr.org.
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Napo for Teachers is a series of education toolkits for teachers, aimed at introducing health and safety topics to primary school children in an educational, yet fun and imaginative way using the Napo clips and creative activities. Now the evaluation entered the second stage: a teacher survey. The survey is available in 11 languages.
| Bild: | To take take part in the survey, please click here: Teacher survey about Napo for teachers. The survey will open in a new browser window. Please send an email to any teacher contacts you know with a link to the survey in addition. Thank you for your help!
Find out more about Napo for teachers on the website, more about the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) here.
The book consists of innovative practice stories on school health promotion which were collected at the 4th European HPS conference in Odense 2013 as part of the SHE 2014 workplan. The publication is supposed to support the practice-based evidence of health promoting school research in the European region.
The primary target audience for the book are the members of the SHE network. Health & education researchers, policy makers and practitioners with an interest in school health promotion are considered to be the secondary target audience.
The book is available as a hardcopy and in a digital version (PDF format) on the SHE website. The article about ENETOSH you will find on page 43 – 47.
Steve Horvath from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety writes in his blog article about the Youth Congress: "One of the most meaningful events organized at the triennial World Congress on Health and Safety was the establishment of the first International Youth Congress. It was my honour to be involved with such a valuable initiative and to have the opportunity to introduce these young participants to the World Congress at the symposium I co-chaired and helped organize."
For more information, pictures and videos of the Youth Congress, please go to the Blog of Steve Horwath at CCOHS, the website of DGUV "Jugend will sich erleben (Youth wants self-experience)" - mostly in German - and the documentation of the World Congress (about the symposium "Creating a safe and healthy learning and working environment" and the “Forum for prevention”).
The symposium was about the role of education for the development of a culture of prevention. To establish an effective culture of prevention all areas must be involved, not only the world of work but also the educational system and society as a whole. How can we can join all forces, that was the subject of the symposium.
Divided into three working groups the audience set out into searching solutions.
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To learn more about the symposium please have a look into the video clip "Prevention awareness from an early age” at the video portal within the documentation of the XX World Congress.
Click here to take a look at the "Question Cards" from the symposium.
The whole documentation of the XX World Congress can be found on the congress website. All links open in a new browser window.
The main objective of the Master International Occupational Safety and Health is to train professionals in the field of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH). Therefore, the program offers tools for research and work in OSH, both in Latin American countries as well as at an international level.
The graduate program offers an international and interdisciplinary training in global OSH with focus on project-based learning. The Master's program is based on a blended learning concept, in order to ensure maximum flexibility and efficiency. This blended learning concept involves a high ability of self-directed learning.
The application phase for the 4th cohort, starting in 2015, is open until the 15th of September 2014. For information and application, please visit the website of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.
In this 14th Hot Topic, we present examples of good practice dealing with this issue that are included in our database "Tool Box" or are presented in our "Good Practice" area.
ENETOSH is an official partner of the 2014 - 2015 campaign „Healthy Workplaces“ by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. The focus of this campaign is „Stress and Psychosocial Risks“. For more information on the EU-OSHA campaign and the topic itself, please visit the "Healthy Workplaces Campaign" website, for this Hot Topic (and the other ones as well), please choose "Hot Topics" from the main menu on the left.
Asif Masiuddin works for Abu Dhabi Airports Co., in the capacity of Coordinator Technical Support with Engineering Department, Planning & Development. Abu Dhabi Airports was formed in 2006 to manage and operate Abu Dhabi International Airport, as well as Al Ain International Airport, Al Bateen Executive Airport, Sir Bani Yas Island Airport and Delma Island Airport, along with a group of companies with diversified activities that are essential to the growth of the aviation industry in the UAE. Of course, occupational safety and health and environmental issues play a big role in this field of business.
Asif Masiuddin joined the network mainly to promote quality in education and training in occupational safety and health and advance the process of mainstreaming OSH into education and training at national and international level.
For more information, please take a look at the partner's page in our members area and the Abu Dhabi Airports' website.
You will find all information on the project on the website of Fondazione Mondo Digitale.
A research report developed by the University of Lancaster - Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning - Department of Educational Research, in collaboration with the Fondazione Mondo Digitale and other partners has already been published on the website. The paper indicates that in general the four involved countries have a good experience in the use of technology (PCs, laptops, multimedia boards for didactics) and then turns to analyse the introduction of technology into schools.
Napo For Teachers is a series of education toolkits for teachers, aimed at introducing health and safety topics to primary school children in an educational, yet fun and imaginative way using the Napo clips and creative activities. The toolkit has been developed by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, together with the Napo Consortium.
Find out more about Napo for teachers on the website, more about the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) here.
Kuzbass interdisciplinary Centre for Occupational Safety (Kutbasscot) released a new video presentation on worker accident prevention, "A tailored approach to OSH training based on interactive training complex".
According to statistics competence of workers is the most important factor to prevent occupational accidents. The lack of protective equipment and the usage of unsafe tools can be left in the background. The competence in occupational safety is the workers' ability to work independently, observing the occupational safety requirements. This ability is based on personality traits, knowledge, skills, habits of work and the experience in occupational safety.
Kuzbasscot developed new methods of workers' training, making use of video, 3d models and interactive multimedia during the occupational safety trainings. The aim of the approach is to shape the habit of safe work, to inspire the workers and to build their confidence that their personal competence will increase their safety.
This video shows the basic approach, as well as examples of the interactive training.
About 3000 participants from all fields of OSH will meet to share knowledge and cases to prevent occupational accidents and diseases, as well as to build mutual networks among safety and health experts around the world and strengthen cooperations and networking. OSH experts can participate as well as representatives from the education sector, like instructors, trainers, teachers, lecturers and university professors. Workers and their representatives, employers and their organizations, public and non-public organizations, manufacturers and importers of safety products, experts in communication and public relations, media representatives and journalists are all important as well, for widespread networking and to reach higher standards in the field of occupational safety and health all over the world. ENETOSH is invited to join the congress.
A call for papers is available on the conference website. The abstract submission ends by August 31, 2014.
The campaign focuses on stress and psychosocial risks. Tackling stress and psychosocial risks creates a healthy working environment, improves worker well-being and business performance. ENETOSH is an official campaign partner now and will focus on the growing problem of stress and psychosocial risks within the learning and working environment of educational institutions.
In addition the network will especially promote resources developed by EU-OSHA that can be used within the field of education and training on occupational safety and health. More information about the campaign on the official website: www.healthy-workplaces.eu
The European Road Safety Charter is an invitation by the European Commission to take concrete actions, assess results and further heighten awareness about the need to reduce road accident fatalities. It offers European recognition to the associations that have signed up, and also makes the road safety actions they wish to carry out more visible on a European level.
The ERSC especially encourages members to develop initiatives targeting young people. Youth constitutes a key priority in the years to come, because road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people under 24 years old. Initiatives are supposed to address different target groups, such as children from 0 - 11 years, Pre-Teens from 12 - 14, Adolescents from 15 - 17, or young adults. Age groups that have the highest percentage of pedestrian fatalities are children younger than 10 years (and adults aged 65 years or older).
„Together, we are Road Safety!“ longs to address these target groups with accurate education and training to help reducing the number of accidents and fatalities on the road.
For examples of good practice dealing with road safety, please have a look at our "Hot Topic" (see main menu).
More information about the European Road Safety Charter and the campaign on the website: www.erscharter.eu
After its launch in 2006, the web platform www.enetosh.net immediately showed a very good acceptance. In 2008, the click rates had increased to a peak level and, during the following years, the number of clicks stabilized on a constant level (roundabout 26000 unique visitors per year) - enetosh.net had become a working platform. Taking a look at the numbers of 2013 and the current year 2014, we can see strongly increasing numbers again: From January to April 2014, an average of 30% more unique visitors than in the "peak year" 2008 visited the platform. The number of total visits (which indicates, that people do not only access the platform once, but several times per month) shows increasing rates of nearly 60%, comparing the first three months of 2014 to those of the year 2008.
All these numbers show, that the ENETOSH network and its web platform is well-known and acknowledged among experts in education and training on occupational safety and health all over the world.
More information, e.g. about the ENETOSH Ambassadors, the "Whole School Approach" working group or detailed web statistics, can be found in the multiple areas of this web platform.
The Robert W. Campbell Award is named after the first President of the National Safety Council, and is awarded once a year. The rigorous Robert W. Campbell Award review process ensures not only that a worthy winner is named each year, but that all organizations applying for the Award receive insightful and meaningful feedback on their organization's EHS management system.
The International Panel of Reviewers consists of renowned experts and leaders in the business, education, safety, health and environmental fields and is nominated by the Global Partners.
This year, three experts have been nominated for the Panel of Reviewers by ENETOSH: Neal Stone, Policy and Communications Director of the British Safety Council (BSC), Alan Cowen, Director of Health and Safety at the University of Brighton and Prof Alfredo Soeiro, University of Porto, Department of Civil Engineering.
For more information on the award and the review process, please visit the website of the Robert W. Campbell Award.
The motto of the Institute is "Self-Reliance, Professionalism, Responsibility". It is a dynamic research organization dedicated to scientific development and implementation of the main guidelines of State policy in the field of environment, safety and the economy, as well as prevention and reduction of industrial injuries and occupational diseases in enterprises of all economic activities. Furthermore, the Institute longs to improve the social security system by creation and implementation of measures to reduce occupational risks.
The All-Russia Institute for Occupational Safety and Labour Economics (VCOT) carries out systematic training, organizes and conducts training and workshops of various kinds. The training program offers modern practice-oriented seminars developed by leading specialists and experts. The training seminars are practical exercises to consolidate the acquired knowledge, develop skills and master the ways of solution of certain applied tasks.
More information on the website of the institute (in Russian language).
The Albanian Occupational safety and Health Centre (AOSHC) is acting in the field of occupational safety and health based on the Albanian legislation. The center works to promote a preventive culture in the field of occupational safety and health, in order to prevent accidents at work and occupational diseases.
In accordance with its statute, AOSHC undertakes theoretical analysis and empirical researches on national and regional level and beyond. The center provides trainings, qualifications and certifications for occupational safety and health experts, as well as training on occupational safety and health issues for OSH administrators, staff members on enterprises level, in employers organizations, trade unions, for pedagogical staff of schools and universities, for pupils and students, and more.
More information on AOSHC and contact details in our member's area and on the upcoming website of the center.
The Directorate prepared an online questionnaire. All stakeholders and individuals are welcome to contribute to this consultation. Contributions are particularly sought from stakeholders interested in or affected by policies and tools on recognition and transparency of skills and qualifications, including learners and workers, governmental bodies, education and training institutions, employers, federations of employers, trade unions, public and private employment services, chambers of industry, commerce and skilled crafts, qualification authorities, guidance services, youth and youth work organisations, voluntary sector organisations, experts.
More information on the website of the Directorate General for Education and Culture. To access the online questionnaire directly, please click here.
The "Student WorkSafe 10-12 resource package" consists of three instructional modules and support materials for teachers to deliver learning activities in a wide range of education settings, a learning guide for students working on their own as part of a self-directed learning plan or distance education course. Furthermore, a student resource page is available, which contains worksheets, online resources, and links to print and video materials to support the various activities in both the Teacher Guide and the Independent Learning Guide. Finally, a Workplace Safety Knowledge Test for summarative assessment of student learning and a Workplace Safety Certificate that students can use as evidence of learning for school or workplace purposes are part of the resource package.
All information and resources are available on the WorkSafe BC website.
The basic task of safety and health education is the prevention of accidents. This can be done by raising awareness for physical and psychosocial risks and hazards, teaching workers about safety signs, safe and healthy behavior or protective equipment, and more.
Not only in the construction industry, but in many other occupational fields as well, accident prevention is essential. The ideal target is, of course, “Vision Zero” – no severe accidents at work and at home any more.
Hot Topics are a collection of good practice examples - all of them are as well included in our TOOLBOX, some presented in the GOOD PRACTICE area. These collections are supposed to put a spotlight on a special topic. Take a look at this and all our other Hot Topics by clicking the link in the main menu on the left.
As the central institution of the Leuphana University, the ZAG has been promoting the interdisciplinary collaboration in health sciences since 1992. It is divided into four sections: Education & Health, Economy, Management & Health, Environment, Sustainability & Health and Social Medicine, Health Sociology & Care Research.
For more information on the new network member, please choose Membership > Member from the main menu and then choose Germany.
Please click here for the ZAG website.
The new member Croatian Health Insurance Fund as national insurer in the field of occupational health provides medical care and financial compensations in cases of occupational injuries and occupational diseases, as well as measures for their prevention, which include also educational programs, in order to achieve the standards of a healthy workplace.
To get more information, please visit the partner's page under Membership > Member (choose Croatia) or visit the Croatian Health Insurance's website.
ETUCE clearly identified the need for further work on the impact of the crisis on teachers’ working conditions and salaries, grounding quality education on the three pillars: Quality Teaching, Quality Tools for Teaching and Learning and Quality Environments for Teaching and Learning.
Susan Flocken, Coordinator of Internal Policy on Occupational Health & Safety at ETUCE, presented the key messages at the ENETOSH network meeting in the scope of A+A in Düsseldorf on 7 November. The participants of the meeting agreed on the importance of these key messages.
Please click here to find the Ten Key Messages in English and 13 other languages on the ETUCE webpage and here for the global campaign website.
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering was established as one of first faculties of the Technical University of Košice. The Department of Safety and Quality production was formed in the frame of the Department of Transport Equipments and Logistics and was established in 2001. The Department is part of the Institute of Safety, Quality and Environmental Science.
For more information, please choose Membership/Member in our main menu on the left, then Slovak Republic. For the website of the faculty, please click here.
Please choose "webstatistics" in the main menu on the left.
The diagrams show what mainstream schooling looks like in 33 European countries and how different levels of education, from pre-primary to tertiary, are broken down. The diagrams also indicate the general ages of students and the programme duration for each level. Names of national institutions and study programmes are listed in the language of each country. The Eurydice publication covers 39 education systems in the 28 EU Member States, the EFTA countries (Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) as well as the candidate countries (Iceland and Turkey).
More information on the Eurydice website. The publication (PDF file) can be accessed directly here.
From spring semester 2014, a new interdisciplinary postgraduate program DAS Work+Health will be offered. The English speaking lectures will be held in Lausanne and Zurich, Switzerland, excursions may take place all over in Switzerland.
Students with various professional and educational backgrounds will get the opportunity to learn and work together. The study program concludes in a project work, where the students proof their acquired skills and knowledge in working independently in small interdisciplinary groups on real work+health projects. Target group: People interested in the field of work and health with an academic background in medicine, natural or social sciences, as well as headteachers of schools and safety experts at universities. The course is open to everyone in or outside Switzerland meeting the admission criteria.
Further information on www.mas-workandhealth.uzh.ch.
The material is suitable for target ages 7-9 years and 9-11 years and has successfully been tested and implemented in practical school lessons, for instance by the ENETOSH members in Denmark.
Each study pack outlines the key messages and learning objectives, offering teachers full details on suggested activity ideas and the resources required, alongside a sample lesson plan that can be readily incorporated into a typical 40 minute lesson.
More information and access to the material, such as lesson plans, videos, and more, on the NAPO Website.
The European Voices for Active Ageing (EVAA) project was envisioned to foster a sense of community and promote pan-European thinking about active ageing. A series of six participatory dialogues was held by and for older adults. In cooperation with its EVAA partners, the European Voices for Active Ageing project created a forum for intercultural and participatory dialogues for these adults aged 50+ to 95. The dialogues fostered a new culture of conversation and empowered the participants to discover their creative and innovative spirit. This approach and dialogue format enabled individuals to exchange their views and discover new approaches to addressing the key issues of active ageing.
A central element of the European Voices for Active Ageing project concept was to actively involve older adults in both the conceptual development and hosting of the Thematic Cafés. By involving older adults in the planning process in this way, opportunities for both personal leadership development and life-long learning were created.
For more information on the project and reports, photos and press releases in English, German and French, please click here.
More information on World Café Europe on the website.
The aim was to find out how the provision of OSH training is organised for companies - except initial training. The objective was to identify the actors providing ongoing (re-) training and particularly mechanisms guaranteeing quality standards and compliance of educational content with regulatory requirements. This research shows that vocational training in occupational safety and health is organised differently according to the countries. In Denmark, it is not part of the missions of the accident insurance institutions and it is outsourced to external private providers. In Italy and in the United Kingdom, it is decentralised. In Germany, it is institutional because it is a legal obligation of the accident insurance institutions. Even if OSH training is organised differently according to the countries, all of them have one element in common: the determination to better control and structure training in order to ensure its quality.
The report (in French only) can be viewed and/or downloaded here.
Watch the video here, submit your contribution through the online questionnaire here.
The Department of Environmental Engineering and Occupational Safety of the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, is one of the most recent departments at the Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University and was established in 1999. There are two programmes of studies at the Department: Environmental Engineering, with 11 generations enrolled so far, and Occupational Health and Safety, with the first generation of students enrolled.
More information on the department's website.
For contact information on the new network member, please choose "Membership" from the main menu and then choose Serbia.
Davorin Kacian, Headmaster of the Centre for Electronic Education of the University College is currently the chair of the ENETOSH Steering Committee.
And now, finally, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union. Congratulations!
The report also discusses the inclusion of risk education and school safety management in a broader ‘combined’ whole-school approach which covers topics such as health education and promotion, the prevention of violence and bullying to staff and pupils, and sustainable development and environmental issues.
You can read the whole report here.
Learn more on the Whole School Approach in our special area on this topic.
In addition to accreditation for a whole institution, such as regional accreditation, accreditation for a specific degree program or department, often called programmatic accreditation, is particularly important for certain fields of study (such as Occupational Safety and/or Health), and some schools may lack programmatic accreditation for these fields even if the school as a whole is accredited.
Many governmental agencies, such as many US Embassies throughout the world, public high schools, and libraries, have already referenced the resource as a go-to site for people looking to further their education.
More information on the website.
In the course of co-operations with partner universities from Latin America and contact with participants of summer schools in Germany and in Latin America, a strong need for a Master’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health in Latin America had been identified.
The first announcement of the congress (PDF file) you will find here, the congress website here.
To read the documentation (featuring the program, a comprehensive report, all presentations, and a picture gallery), please click here.
The MEET proposal is the eighth officially registered European Citizens’ Initiative. It calls for the creation of an Education platform to stimulate debate on how to improve schools and boost the European dimension of education in line with the EU’s 2020 strategy.
Please click here to see the petition and to sign in (click "Support" at the bottom of the page) and here to see details of this initiative on the website of the European Commission.
Here you can enter the MEET website.
The Eusafe Project is constituted by seven WPs, such as WP3 (State of the art evaluation and collaboration with institutions responsible for validation) and WP5 (Development of professional qualification and training framework).
Now, in the scope of the project evaluation, a new Eusafe Project Outline Document Survey is available on the website. Project stakeholders, as well as experts such as policy makers, professionals and training/educational organizations are asked to participate in this survey to have a general opinion on the Eusafe Project outcomes and their usefulness and applicability in Europe for key stakeholder groups. The general survey can be accessed here, three more surveys (WP3, WP5.1 for technicians and WP5.2 for managers) are available on the EUSAFE website.
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.
| Bild: | Please read the full text of the memorandum here.
The website of the National Association of Organizations in Occupational Safety and Health of the Russian Federation (NAOOSH) can be found here.
| Bild: | The Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje is the first state University in the Republic of Macedonia, founded in 1949, initially with three faculties: the Faculty of Philosophy, the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. At the moment, the University represents a functional community of 23 faculties, 5 research institutes and 11 accompanying members. Its activities are stipulated by the Law on Higher Education and the Statute of the University.
| Bild: | The Foundation "Center for Safety and Health at Work" was officially registered in 2011, but actually started its operations in 2004 with a first seminar on OSH professionals in Plovdiv. The need for the existence of a non-governmental organization to unite and support the activities of specialists in occupational safety and health initiated the creation of the TSBZR Foundation. The Foundations longs to unite and support the activities of specialists in occupational safety and health, work for the promotion of the profession "specialist health and safety at work", and more.
For more information, please take a look at the partner's pages (Macedonia or Bulgaria) here on enetosh.net. To get there, click the map on the top right of this page.
This competition is free and open to any group of students and apprentices preparing a diploma of vocational education in France under the responsibility of a teacher. The jury of professionals prevention, education, and a journalist will award three prizes. Winners will be notified in early May 2013 and invited to attend the awards which will be held May 31 in the premises of the INRS, 65 Boulevard Richard Lenoir, Paris XI.
Enrollment is via a dedicated page of a Dailymotion site, which can be accessed here.
The workshop is jointly organized by ENETOSH, EU-OSHA, ILO, ISSA, NIOSH, and WHO.
A website has been set up, offering further information and the possibility of registration for the network meeting as well as for the workshop. Please click here for the website.
The factsheet can be downloaded here.
To reach the target group, the project uses all kinds of new media. A new website has been launched, offering lots of information for young people and employers, the campaign can be "liked" on Facebook and "followed" on Twitter, and now an online game called "The Missing" is available, as a browser game and as mobile apps for iPhone and Android users as well.
Please click here for the website, the game and links to the apps.
The ERSCharter Contest invites young Europeans to create a message that will motivate youth to act in order to improve their safety on the roads. All the participants have to do is to publish a blog in the ERSCharter website with their text. A photo or a video can be added to support the message.
Guidelines and more information at: www.eucharter.eu
You can also find the ERSC on Facebook or follow it on Twitter.
Furthermore, a factsheet "Factsheet 103 - Strategies for training teachers to deliver risk education", based on this report, is available.
Read the report here, the factsheet here.
The campaign theme for 2012-2013, ‘Working together for risk prevention’ through leadership and participation is highly valued by the organisations chosen to be campaign partners. The campaign encourages managers, workers, representatives and other stakeholders to work together to manage risks in the workplace. Many companies cited a belief that safe and healthy workplaces are integral to continued economic success and sustainable futures, and the willingness to bring these topics to the forefront of their company strategy to be able to better tackle them.
For the campaign website please click here, for the ENETOSH partner's profile here.
Here you can watch the Working Together for Risk Prevention video on YouTube.
V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, represented by Prof. Konstantin Nemchenko, with its over 200-year history is a leading Research and Educational Institution in Ukraine.
In the “Top-200 Ukraine” rating conducted by the UNESCO Chair for 2009 Kharkiv University ranks third among all Ukrainian Higher Educational Institutions. According to Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database, the University holds the third position among Ukrainian Research and Educational Institutions by the number of articles published in the leading international scientific publications.
| Bild: | Dr. David Gold (Gold-Knecht Associates, Switzerland), a Swiss/American national, provides expertise in developing and implementing: organizational safety and health policy; programmes in addressing stress and related issues at work; wellness programmes; training and educational programmes including the training of trainers; as well as safety and health promotion and advocacy programmes. Dr. Gold joins ENETOSH as an individual member.
To learn more, please go to our member's area and choose "Ukraine" or "Switzerland".
The ENETOSH Ambassadors are the national contact points of the European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health for individuals and institutions who would like to know more about the network or want to get in touch with ENETOSH. They are supposed to be native speakers. As official representatives of the network they are authorized to promote ENETOSH in the scope of especially national but also international events.
To learn more, please click "Ambassadors" in the main menu on the left side of this page.
We have a new Hot Topic on this web platform, which is a collection of good practice examples dealing with a certain topic - in this case: "Teacher Training". For the health and safety of our children, the training of teachers is of essential importance. Education at school has lots of boundary points with issues of safety and health: healthy food, environment protection and physical education as well as road safety, safety at school and at work, and, last but not least, violence prevention.
The projects listed in this Hot Topic are of different kinds: courses, training materials, campaigns - in the scope of the university studies of teachers as well as in the scope of their work at school or as independent learning resources such as e-learning platforms. To have a look at this collection (and maybe on the other 11 Hot Topics), please click "Hot Topics" in the main menu on the left side of this page.
for the Health and Safety Executive and the Royal Institute of British Architects. In January 2010, the HSE and RIBA commissioned a team from the University of Sheffield to undertake a research project into the teaching of health and safety in undergraduate schools of Architecture in the UK. The need for the research was recognized by previous studies into ‘identification and management of risk in undergraduate construction courses’ [2001 and 2004] which highlighted the need for schools of architecture to have a more consistent and integrated approach to the teaching of health and safety. More recently in 2009, a project looking at ‘Integrating risk concepts into undergraduate engineering courses’ provided a precedent for individual higher education courses to embed health and safety into their core activities in innovative ways. In ‘One Death is too Many’  one of the key recommendations is a review of health and safety teaching in construction industry courses at Higher Education, suggesting that graduates do not have the knowledge of health and safety issues to play their role in reducing construction deaths. It is on this foundation that the Healthy Design, Creative Safety work is built.
To read the whole report, please click here for the HSE website.
47 representatives from 21 countries discussed on how “to get the ball rolling” for education and training on OSH in their home country.
| ENETOSH has a “spearhead” now. On 16 April 2012 there took place the inaugural meeting of the ENETOSH Steering Committee in Zagreb, Croatia. The Steering Committee consists of eight ENETOSH members. Davorin Kacian from the University College of Applied Sciences in Safety, Croatia, was elected as the coordinator of this committee for a time period of two years. The Steering Committee will push the activities of all ENETOSH members and will take a common responsibility for the future work of ENETOSH.
The event was attended by several representatives from Macedonia as well as guests from Albania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Kosovo and Monte Negro.
Nikola Georgiev, the ENETOSH Ambassador for Macedonia, had his own presentation in the scope of this event, where he had the chance to introduce the ENETOSH network and its work to the attendants and give a report of the SEE Kickoff Meeting at Zagreb in April.
It is the intention to improve the safety on construction sites and to simplify procedures with regard to subcontracting and mobility of workers. Essentially performing a dual function, the code of practice not only promotes the free movement of workers within the Internal Market, but also guarantees a higher level of safety awareness to EU construction workers. This code of practice is a voluntary commitment of the construction sector to solve the problem of unacceptable accident rates so as to avoid legislation.
The code of practice aims to raise the standard of safety awareness in the Construction Industry, ensure that site personnel undergo basic OHS awareness training with the view to improve prevention of accidents and avoidance of health hazards and to provide all participants with a certificate which indicate that the holder has attended a basic course in health and safety.
The benefits to employers are: an improved safety culture and employee morale, a reduction in accidents and lost time due to accidents and an identification of personal with basic OHS training. The benefits to employees are: an improved safety and health awareness, recognition of OHS training, personal development and improved employment prospects.
Please click here for the AEIS website and the report.
Just click the portlet on the right side to download it (in English or German). If you would like to receive each new edition automatically via email, you may as well subscribe to our mailing- list by clicking "Newsletter subscribe" below the download-link.
This report presents the findings of a review into the needs of undergraduate engineers, current health and safety training material and how it may structured and packaged for use in universities and other learning environments.
In this document, you’ll find a summary of the study IOSH commissioned to reassess the teaching of health and safety in undergraduate engineering courses. This report looks at the teaching material on health and safety principles and practice available to lecturers in the UK higher education sector, and forms part of IOSH's activities around embedding health and safety in professional and vocational education.
Click here for the IOSH Website and here for a direct download link to the report.
The Ministries of Labour and Education now organised a day for “Thinking about Decent Work in Schools”. More than 600 students from 15 secondary schools in the suburbs of Buenos Aires took part in the initiative, along with teachers, headmasters and teams from both ministries.
The premise was simple: participants had to think about the link between school and work and, more precisely, between school and the work that students want to do. The top national authorities for education and labour were there to listen to their ideas.
Furthermore, the project ‘Building a Future with Decent Work’, referred to by Labour Minister Tomada, was launched in 2004 by the national Ministries of Labour and Education and the ILO Country Office for Argentina. The achievements of this project include training 1000 teachers on the course ‘Explora Trabajo Decente’ (Explore Decent Work); offering all middle-school social sciences teachers in Argentina the opportunity to participate in the project Trabajarte, run by 21 teacher training centres; incorporating the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and the concept of Decent Work into the middle-school curriculum through a Resolution of the Federal Education Council; running a regional experience-sharing workshop, where the leaders and promoters of the project in the region countries – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay – discussed the direction that the programme had taken in each country.
Representatives of health and safety institutions of these countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro) are invited to get more information about the network, co-operation and partnership. The aim is to expand the ENETOSH network and to win new partners from these regions.
On the 16th of April, the 13th ENETOSH network meeting will take place at Zagreb, too. In the scope of this meeting, the ENETOSH Steering Committee will come together for the first time. An official proclamation of the ENETOSH Ambassadors and the members of the Steering Committee will be carried out a at the end of the SEE kickoff meeting at the Europe House, Zagreb.
For more information and online registration, please go to enetosh.vss.hr
The Sub-Directorate General for Health and Safety at Work of the Ministry of Enterprise and Labour is part of the Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya). The sub-directorate longs to increase awareness for Safety and Health at work, provides information and publications on occupational risks and how to prevent them, about accidents and occupational diseases, and about organization and management in prevention. It also manages the registry of reported work-related accidents in Catalonia and OSH data source, and provides specialised health and safety advice and support to businesses and other institutions.
Furthermore, the sub-directorate offers and promotes training, promotion and campaigns on safety and health at work on national level, and takes part in specific European campaigns.
For more information, please visit the sub-directorate's website.
More than thirty experts from all over Europe attended this workshop, which was held in the scope of the International Congress at A+A in Duesseldorf. The event was chaired by Dr David Gold (Gold-Knecht Associates, Switzerland) and Dr Ulrike Bollmann (ENETOSH). The workshop was divided into three parts: lectures and keynotes highlighting several aspects of the mobility challenge, three fora on the topics competence, safety card and construction, and finally a round table discussion.
Please click here for a report of the workshop, including handouts, presentations and pictures.
57 partners from 25 countries and 601 examples of good practice from 39 countries in our toolbox - it was a good year for ENETOSH!
| Bild: | Portugal, Latvia and Spain lead the pack in reducing the number of young people road deaths. Good progress was also made in Sweden, The Netherlands and Switzerland, who have become the safest countries in terms of young people killed per young inhabitants. Young people in these countries benefited not only from measures specific to young people but also from general road safety measures, enforcement efforts and improvements in infrastructure.
For more information, the full press release, the full PIN Flash and to sign up to receive upcoming PIN publications by email, please visit the ETSC website.
During the seminar, the agencies highlighted the complementarity of their work by each presenting different aspects and perspectives related to youth employment in Europe and its neighbourhood countries. Topics included the transition from education to the workplace, guidance for young people at risk, safe and decent jobs for young people, the 'NEETs' phenomenon and its economic costs, the active inclusion of disadvantaged young people in employment and the global dimension of youth employment.
On the website of Eurofond, the report is available for download, as well as full speaker presentations.
Target groups are employees and employers in SMEs as well as stakeholders. One of the main target groups is teachers and trainers. The project website (in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian) offers examples of good practice, ideas, contents and tools, which may be used in the practice of SMEs.
This is a joint project of several partners: International Social Security Association (ISSA), British Safety Council, CRAM Alsace-Moselle (France), Bilateral Agency for Tourism in the Venetian Area (Italy), Swiss Accident Insurance Fund (SUVA), Prevent Belgium, German social accident insurance institution for the woodworking and metalworking industries (BGHM), BGN (German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the foodstuffs and catering industry), German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Raw Materials and Chemical Industry (BG RCI) and DGUV (German Social Accident Insurance).
More information on the website.
The main mission of the Institute “Uchebny Combinat” is to provide a wide range of high-quality OHS services targeted on improving of working conditions and assisting in creation of safe and health workplaces.
About 65 years the institute successfully provides training, consultation and information services in different spheres of OSH and related issues including vocational training for employers, employees, safety officers and OSH specialists and managers for Saint Petersburg, Leningrad region and other regions of Russia. Over 12 000 customers get services provided by the “Uchebny Combinat” annually.
For more information, please have a look at our member's area or the Training Centre's website.
With demographic change - recently defined as one of the four key challenges for European regions by the EC - and the current economic crisis looming, the cities and regions of the BSR have to find creative ways of disclosing and utilizing unused opportunities.
One of these hidden potentials are people in the prime of their lives – the so called “Best Agers” (defined in the project as people aged 55 and older).
As previous projects have shown, the population of the Baltic Sea Region will rapidly become older and the 55+ age groups will experience large growth rates in the near future. The result will be a pool of older professionals who are healthier than ever, well-educated and motivated and who can be mobilised to counteract the negative effects of demographic change –shrinking regional workforces and the socalled "brain drain". The project will survey successful approaches and goodpractice examples, develop them further and transfer them to the partner regions with low-key Best Ager involvement.
Part of the project are also conferences and events, press releases, a website and a Facebook page, a Webinar-sequence for business planning and a newsletter. A special Mentor Programme in Denmark has already educated more that 80 mentors for young employees.
More information on the project and activities: www.best-agers-project.eu | Facebook page of Best Agers
This serious risk for worker's health is closely linked to construction safety. Although materials containing asbestos are out of use in the construction sector, workers have to deal with this very dangerous substance in demolition works or reconstruction projects. Another risk is the long-term problem because of the causation of serious the illnesses even many years after contamination.
In our collection of good practice examples, we have a number of projects dealing with this problem. The new Hot Topic shows a list of these examples. Please choose "Hot Topics" in the main menu on the left to access this new one, as well as our other Hot Topics.
These three approaches will be outlined by different speeches. In addition a market place with projects and good practice examples of how to improve the comparability and the acknowledgement of qualifications in Europe in different sectors will be carried out. A round table discussion will complete the workshop. Simultaneous translation will be provided in English and German.
More information about A+A International Congress: http://www.aplusa.de
The festival involved over 300 respondents (production companies, agencies and clients) from 35 countries, including big names such as ARTE, ORF, University of Tokyo and NATO Headquarters.
The film "Alltagshelden" was produced on behalf of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) and is the dominant part of the campaign "Jugend will sich erleben" (Youth wants self-experience) by the DGUV. The film shows a normal work day of three slightly different young workers - Michael, Micky and Mike. They encounter the same situations and risks, but their actions and reactions are completely different. The main goal of the film is to motivate young trainees to deal with issues of safety and health at work, on the road and in their leisure time. Producer, screenwriter and director of the film is Thomas Plonsker, Plonsker media GmbH.
You can watch the whole film here.
For more information, please visit the website of the World Media Festival and the webite of the "Youth wants self-experience" campaign.
The website and a Smartphone App preventing mobile phone use while driving is the answer to a safer driving network through out our world. The App, which is available for Android and Windows devices, blocks incoming and outgoing calls and texts while an automobile is in motion, the GPS software is activated when a vehicle reaches a given speed. Incoming calls are diverted to voicemail, incoming texts receive a response “I am driving, please try me later”. The App is globally accessible, easily downloaded, has parameters and many features, can allow specific calls, is activated by username & password, has remote accessibility and permits designated numbers and emergency calls.
More information on the website: www.youngsafedrivers.com
Psychosocial Risk Management starts with the identification of problems and an assessment of the risk that they pose: Psychosocial/Stress Hazard Evaluation.
EurOSHE’s aim is also to promote and support the scientific development of psychosocial risk management and its border areas, and to support research and education within this field.
For more information, please take a look at the partner's page of EurOSHE.
Companies wish to improve their employees’ skills for a specific job, employees have an interest in developing skills that can generally raise their career and employment prospects. Adult learning in the workplace brings a fundamental contribution to lifelong learning strategies, flexicurity and employment policies, it also supports policy measures for increasing enterprises’ capacity for innovation, competitiveness and adaptation to sectoral changes.
This report calls for strong synergies between policies and programmes for innovation, research, enterprise development and training, which should go hand-in-hand. It is based on previous research undertaken by Cedefop between 2003 and 2010.
More information and the full report for download are available on the Cedefop website.
Hot Topics are a collection of good practice examples - all of them are as well included in our TOOLBOX, some presented in the GOOD PRACTICE area. These collections are supposed to put a spotlight on a special topic. Take a look at all our Hot Topics by clicking the link in the main menu on the left.
The primary activity of the Zagreb University College of Applied Sciences in Safety, is the higher education of Safety experts in the area of Safety at Work, Fire Protection and Environmental Protection. The university wants to spread ideas and transfer knowledge of modern integrated approach to safety through education and training of safety experts, labour representatives, employers and their beneficiaries.
Click here for the partner's page of the University College.
In preparation to this, you can participate in an interactive policy making online consultation on priorities for modernisation of higher education in Europe: education, research and innovation.
The process of public consultation is an effective instrument for political participation at the European level. Here you have the opportunity to draw attention to your concerns of the integration of safety and health in the university on curricular and organizational level.
The consultation can be accessed here, either as an online questionnaire or PDF file.
1. In the institutions category, MATERSKÁ ŠKOLA DÉNEŠOVA, a kindergarten in Slovakia, committed to teaching children, in partnership with their parents, how to behave safely on the road. The kindergarten is located in Košice, east part of Slovakia. The awarded project is called ¨Bezpečne na ceste¨ (Safety on the road). More information here.
2. In the local and regional authorities' category, AYUNTAMIENTO DE VERÍN & CÂMERA MUNICIPAL DE CHAVES, two municipalities on the border between Spain and Portugal, committed to carry out together road safety education courses targeted at different risk groups and to launch a common road safety prevention campaign on both sides of the border. More information on this project here (Verin City Council, Spain) and here (Chaves City Hall, Portugal).
For more information on Excellence in Road Safety Awards, the other winners and the European Road Safety Charter, please go to www.erscharter.eu. All links in this article lead to the website of the European Road Safety Charter.
This directorate covers two sectors in the headquarters office and 12 Regional Directories in every district of Albania (The number of the staff covered by this directory is 170 persons). Mrs. Gjino is the Focal Point in Albania for European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Bilbao Spain.
The State Labour Inspectorate (SLI) is a central public institution, under the Minister of Labour Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, which is composed by the General Directorate on central level, regional directorates and local labour inspection offices. SLI is managed by the Inspector General who is the highest executive authority and responses to the Minister of Labour Social Affers and Equal Opportunities.
For more information, please visit the partner's page in our member's area here.
Young persons, adults, teachers, schools, students or non-governmental organizations who had an interest or is working with children and/or youth and need a small amount of funds to support a project idea to help end exploitative child labor, can apply for this award.
Emily grant applications are being accepted until midnight on March 31, 2010. Four mini-grants will be awarded in the spring of 2011. Individual awards are a maximum of $500 US. Emily grant application guidelines are very easy to follow. Each application received will be given full consideration.
For further information regarding the application process, please refer to the Emily Sandall Grants section of the website endchildlabor.org. Reports of past award grantees are contained on the website as well.
Students, youth, young adults and teachers are encouraged to apply. Be creative with your ideas as to how to raise awareness and promote education to end child labor at your school and/or local community!
Thirty education and OSH experts at the ENETOSH Network Event “Violence in the Education Sector” quickly reach consensus: There must be a joint, holistic approach to preventing violence in schools.
Prof. Peter Smith from Goldsmith, University of London explained what is exactly meant by violence, bullying and cyberbullying in schools. Focus was placed on the “Multi-sectoral Guidelines to Tackle Third-party Violence and Harassment Related to Work” adopted in July 2010 due to the fact that the risk of experiencing both violence and harassment is greatest in the education and health sectors (EWCS 2005, Chapter 4). Penny Clark, Head of EU policy of the European Federation for Public Service Unions (EPSU) talked about the special conditions under which violence and harassment occur in the public sector. She also discussed the possibility of introducing measures for preventing violence as early as childhood.
Please click here for the call for tenders (PDF file).
The association gives priority to the progress of engineering in its various areas throughout the national territory. The activities of the association covers holding of national conferences and other events such as symposia and seminars, as well as a systematic disclosure of publications of scientific and technical papers produced by the community of Engineers. Seminars, courses and other training as well as the existence of an updated library are examples of activities with major impact on training of engineers.
Riga Technical University is an accredited, internationally recognized European level university offering a wide range of academic and professional degree programmes across various fields of study. Several faculties of the Riga Technical University integrate occupational safety and health into their studies - for bachelor degree, master degree and, in the future, even for the doctoral degree.
Prof. Janis Ievins and Assist. Prof. Janis Berzins came to Dresden and signed the membership form in person. Click here for a picture of this visit.
On the ILO website, the complete report for discussion at the Global Dialogue Forum on Vocational Education and Training (29–30 September 2010 at the International Labour Office, Geneva) is available, as well as an interview with the ILO specialists Bill Ratteree and Michael Axmann about how TVET systems can respond to these challenges.
Violence is a challenge that is getting more and more important for teachers and trainers. The event will present different scenarios of violence in educational establishments, especially at school. The new Multi-sectoral guidelines to tackle third-party violence and harassment related to work will be introduced. In addition the ETUCE Action Plan on Preventing and Tackling Violence in Schools will be presented. Finally good practice, like the whole school approach, will exemplify how to cope with the challenge of violence.
The event wil take place on 26. November 2010, 9:00-11:00 o’clock at the
Square Conference Centre / European Parliament.
The collection "Arbeitsschutzfilm" went online in October and contains films from all categories of safety at work. The content is provided by several institutions from Germany and Switzerland. Users of the platform can register, comment the films and give hints to other suitable movies anywhere in the internet, in English and other languages as well.
More information and access to all films on the website (in German) www.arbeitsschutzfilm.de.
Following this study, overviews and checklists for each competence field are available to instructors and trainers including knowledge requirements and behaviour-related requirements (skills and wider competencies). Each competence field is assigned to one of the performance levels of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).
The ENETOSH Standard has been re-launched on 9th September at the WorkingOnSafety.net Conference, 8-10 September 2010, in Røros, Norway: www.wos2010.no
All documents of the validated standard are now available for download (in English and in German) on this platform, as well as more information on the validation study. Please choose "ENETOSH Standard" from the main menu on the left.
For more information, please go to "Training & Innovation" in our main menu on the left.
When it comes to integrating OSH into university education, there are a number of particular challenges.
There is often a lack of teaching staff who have expertise in OSH, and a lack of OSH teaching materials suitable for university level. There can be a lack of funds for developing OSH education at universities, compared with schools. And university courses can favour theoretical learning methods over practical, active ones.
This report looks at the challenges of ‘mainstreaming’ or integrating OSH into university courses, as well as providing examples of imaginative ways in which these challenges can be overcome. And it shows that there are examples from around Europe of OSH successfully being made a part of university education.
On the website, the full report can be downloaded (in English).
A fact sheet is available in 22 different languages.
| Bild: | The second interesting report by the British Safety Council, "Ensuring the safety and health of young workers", focuses on the health and safety of young workers and is the second in a series of publications by the British Safety Council in 2010. The reports are designed to share best practice and to increase the understanding of the social, economic and personal consequences of workplace injury and ill health, and the sensible and effective actions that would help prevent such harm. The report shows projects by the BSC and examples from the work life of young workers. Four big companies from different branches were chosen to show their way of dealing with and caring for the safety and health of young workers.
Please visit the website of the BSC and click here to download the report (PDF file) directly.
In June 2010 the ETUCE and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) held their first plenary of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee in Education which has got Health and Safety issues as a priority topic on the joint agenda.
More information on the ETUCE website.
The role of the listserv is to begin creating an international Community of Practice and Learning (CoPL) around hazardous work and young people. It will connect researchers, educators, policymakers, practitioners, and funders so they can share ideas, ask questions, disseminate practical tools, adapt educational materials, and find opportunities to work together.
After a two month trial phase, ILO IPEC will survey subscribers' views on future directions for the CoPL.
For more information, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the ILO website.
The overall objective of the OSH-EASTNET action is to share knowledge and good practice between the Italian Association of Industrial Hygienists (AIDII) and National Association of Public Health of Albania, Macedonian Confederation of Employers of Republic of Macedonia - Medical Companies Association, Association for Safety and Health at Work – Serbia, Association of Public Health Research of Turkey with the view of improving OHS practices in the area and to enhance its harmonization with EU standards.
In the first 6 months, four meetings have already been organised (Brussels, Rome, Istanbul, Tirana) with great success.
The next meeting will be held in Rome on 30th September 2010 during the IOHA 2010 Conference.
For more information: www.oshnet.eu, email@example.com
Cyber-harassment has more and more developed into a highly discussed topic at schools because it affects teachers at their workplace and their working conditions in a most dangerous way.
In the scope of this project by ETUCE, two surveys have been carried out. A seminar in Brussels, a conference in Bratislava and a special area on the ETUCE teacher's occupational safety and health website complete these activities.
The conference, organized by Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA) and Korean Society of Safety (KOSOS), is the first international conference sponsored by the Scientific Committee on Accident Prevention (SCAP) of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH).
The aim of the conference is to provide up-to-date discussions in the
field of safety science and technology.
The "Associazione Italiana Formatori della Sicurezza sul Lavoro" (Italian Association of Trainers in Occupational Safety) is a non-profit organization made up of trainers, teachers, professionals, consultants, companies and those involved in the training of occupational safety.
More information in our member's area (Main menu: "Membership")
The Polytechnic School of the University of Girona (Spain) and the Health & Safety Unit from Malta.
The Escola Politecnica Superior (Polytechnic School) of the University of Girona is the center where students are studying the technological sphere of the University of Girona. The aim of the Polytechnic School is to train professionals in the field of Technology.
| Bild: | The Heath & Safety Unit by the Directorate for Educational Services of the Maltese Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family. The unit is working to promote awareness among all students on health and safety issues.
For more information, please click the map of Europe on the upper right side of this page and then choose a country.
For every profession, a humorous video clip starring "Bent E" puts a focus on the special safety requirements. In addition, a collection of facts is available, as well as "Tasks", a kind of quiz to show what the user has learned so far.
You can access this collection by clicking "Hot Topics" in the main menu on the left. There you will find a short teaser for each of the examples and a link leading to the project's web pages.
How to transfer the fire of our events into practice? How to understand transfer as a process? Those and other exciting issues will be discussed together with participants from different countries at the DGUV Congress Centre, Dresden.
The European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), which was established in 1975, represents 118 teachers' unions in 28 European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries. ETUCE is composed of national organisations of teachers and other staff in education being member organisations of Education International (EI) or the World Confederation of Teachers (WCT). It has associated member organisations in the Central and Eastern European countries. The total coverage in Europe amounts to 166 organisations.
The EFEE was established in 2009, and has members in 18 countries. The overall objective of EFEE is to represent the interests of education providers of all levels (from pre-school to university and vocational education) as employers at European level, and thereby contribute to the improvement of education in the member states of the EU.
As a key stakeholder, PRIMAet invites experts to participate in this survey to help identify the available training for psychosocial risk management provided by different stakeholders across the EU.
You can download the survey here (DOC file, 844 KB). Depending on your system and browser, you might just have to click this link to download the file, otherwise click it with your right mouse button and choose "save target as...".
Please return this survey by email to Aditya.Jain@nottingham.ac.uk by the 30th of April 2010.
More information is available on the PRIMAeT website.
Every year, 230.000 accidents occur during transport and traffic within plants, 150 of them are fatal. In addition, 23.000 accidents occur on public roads during business journeys (170 of them fatal) and 175.000 accidents occur involving schoolchildren on public roads. In 2008, more than 500 insurants lost their lives due to one of these casualties.
The campaign "Fight the risk" aims at prevention and reduction of these accidents. A website is online now, offering information for employers, employees, pupils and teachers, links, videoclips and personalized E- Cards including a short prevention clip that can be sent to friends. A multimedia quiz will follow.
Click here for the website (DE), here for an information leaflet (EN). The links will open in a new browser window.
The three-day event, which was hosted by CSEC and AdRisk (the Community Action on Adolescents and Injury Risk project, a European initiative) and held at the headquarters of RoSPA in Birmingham, proved a major success.
There were inspiring examples of work from around the continent, including presentations from young people who are involved in injury prevention in the UK, and lively workshop sessions during which delegates sought to define “high quality practical safety education” and “risk competence”.
Click here for the seminar results website with more information and interesting links to projects and documentaries of the young participants.
The network is under the auspices of ENETOSH. Ulrike Bollmann, coordinator of ENETOSH, underlined the importance of an international exchange of experience and the continuous professionalisation of safety experts. The Institute for Work and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance offers a broad range of seminars to develop the competencies of safety experts. The safety experts come from different branches and the attendants from all over Germany.
Jörg Stojke, director of the BGW Academy in Dresden, pointed out that networking between safety experts is of an increasing importance.
Demographic change and migration are often discussed as problems, as well as their impact on work and health. But if we take a look at the possibilities, the enormous chances for a positive social development become apparent.
Internationally accepted speakers, working in the field of migration, health and demographic change are looking for an intensive exchange of information and experience at national and European level by holding speeches, within workshops and a plenary discussion. A cultural program will complete this International Migrant's Day.
Participation is free of charge, but an application is necessary. Click here for the website and online application form (in German).
| Bild: | BAR Bygge & Anlæg from Denmark. The Sectoral Working Environment Council on Building and Construction is composed of employers, managers and employee organizations within the construction area. It is one of a total of 11 Branchearbejdsmiljøråd.
| Bild: | BRITISH SAFETY COUNCIL. Founded in 1957, the British Safety Council is one of the world's leading health and safety organisations. The council's mission is to keep people healthy and safe at work and to support a healthier, safer and more sustainable society.
| Bild: | University Of Hamburg, Faculty Educational Science, Psychology And Kinesiology, Department Kinesiology And Training Theory
This Faculty is specialized in research and education in the fields of Kinesiology and sports science, biomechanics, sports mechanics, research methods in Kinesiology and training theory, health promotion and tests in motor skills.
> Please choose "Membership/ Member" in the main menu on the left (or click the map on the top right) and then a country to access our member's area and find more information, links and contact data.<
Existing descriptions of the competences of teaching professionals mainly encompass those working in general education. This handbook is an attempt to capture the fast-evolving and complex activities and competences required of those working within vocational education and training.
The Handbook can be dowloaded from the CEDEFOP website.
The abstract of this brochure says: "Every time traumatic events such as running amok come out a topic in public is school violence. After the first horror-struck reaction and speechlessness constantly the question of how to prevent school violence is raised in press and politics. At the same time it often is not taken into account that there already is a whole series of prevention programmes. In part these programmes even have been evaluated as effectively". The brochure was developed in order to facilitate the overview on a great number of programmes for the persons responsible, the schools and interested parties. It systematically lists a large part of German-speaking programmes. The brochure can be downloaded in PDF format from the IAG website.
Before an audience of 500 in the crowded civic centre in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Prof. Dr. Reinhold Weiß, permanent representative of the President of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung - BIBB) presented the award to Dr. Ulrike Bollmann and Dr. Dirk Windemuth of the Institute Work and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), who, in their role as co-ordinators, accepted it on behalf of all the partners in the ENETOSH network.
Please click here for the ADAM website or ENETOSH on ADAM
Within the scope of the A+A, the workshop "OSH and education - approaches to a successful cooperation" will take place on Thursday, 5th November 2009, 9:15 - 12:15 o'clock, at the international Congress A+A in Düsseldorf, Germany. The event will be carried out by ENETOSH in co-operation with the Statutory accident insurance for the public sector of the "Bundesland" North-Rhine Westfalia and the Expert group on Education of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV).
Click here for the programme in English or German.
More information on A+A: www.aplusa-online.de
| Bild: | Two new projects are in this list, too:
The "Young people at work" - website by Health and Safety Executive HSE has been relaunched and rebranded, with a new design and a better navigation. This website offers a health and safety podcast especially for young people.
| Bild: | The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents RoSPA launched the new website "Teen Safety and Risk" including a special Facebook group.
Susanne Burger from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, chair of the jury, declared: The jury was especially positive about the project results that have been developed by the coordinator Institute Work and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance in cooperation with all partners of the project. The jury appreciated explicitly the impact in practice achieved by the commitment and expertise of the partners.
The award ceremony will take place in the scope of the annual conference of the National Agency at Bonn Bad Godesberg on 1. - 2. October. Please click here for the programme of the conference.
The international Award recognizes organizations that have successfully integrated health, safety and environmental management into their overall business operations. These cases, demonstrating health and safety and economic productivity have been converted to be used as resources for engineering and business schools, and to promote partnerships with business schools and cooperation with professors.
ENETOSH will support the Award’s work by promoting it and nominating candidates to serve on the international panel of reviewers.
More information: www.campbellaward.org
The Confederation of Professionals in Denmark FTF, the trade union confederation for 450,000 public and private employees, making it the second biggest of Denmark's three main unions and a major actor in the Danish labour market, with its close on three million wage earners.
| Bild: | Erik Findalen, Director of the Technical School Hansenberg, Kolding Denmark. HANSENBERG is a modern educational institution with 150 years of experience in vocational training. The school offers a wide range of education and training programmes.
| Bild: | Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi" from Iasi, Romania. The University has 11 of faculties for different fields of engineering.
New ENETOSH Partner is the Occupational Safety and Health Department of the Technical University.
Hundreds of entries from all over Europe were received, covering organisations of all sizes and sectors and subject to a wide variety of risk factors. The Good Practice Booklet gives details of the eight winning and nine commended entries.
In selecting the examples, the judging panel was looking for solutions that show innovative and sustainable ways to tackled risks at source, solutions that go beyond simple compliance with legislation and that actively involve the workforce and demonstrate that risk assessment is linked to a broader occupational safety and health policy.
The award winners included a partnership approach from Romania to create a safe and healthy school. The case can be read in the report.
Please click here for: The announcment | The booklet | TV footage of the winners | Photos of the award ceremony (all links leading to the website of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and opening a new browser window)
Health is rarely a top priority for young people. And yet some health problems - related to obesity, alcohol, tobacco and drugs - often start at an early age. So it is important to address young people in an appropriate way. This new initiative offers a website in 22 languages to raise awareness for safety and health - with a competiton and a youth health blog to share experiences and opinions on health matters such as school sports, sex and nutritional education and local health issues. The EU is trying to address these different issues and encourage young people to become active partners in promoting their health.
More information on the website of the European Commission and the website of the Youth Health Initiative.
Organizing Committee: Professor Harri Vainio (Chair) and Dr. Hannu Anttonen (Co-Chair), both FIOH.
For more information, please visit www.ttl.fi/betterwork
The call for papers is now online, the deadline for proposals is March 27, 2009.
Check our member's area for more information, please.
To prevent accidents and to make worklife more secure, risk assessment and the ability to perceive risks in advance, is of immense importance. There are so many different risks that can be "hidden" in everyday work in the different professions or fields of work, therefore training and education can help workers to see risks of their workfield in advance.
The EC financed AdRisk project, ‘Community Action on Adolescents and Risk- Taking’, now launched a package of materials and information targeted at policy- makers, stakeholders and professionals at both the European and national levels to help save the lives of Europe’s young people.
In cooperation with the Initiative for New Quality at Work (INQA), the project "Full Breath" (Volle Puste) has been initiated. The project is supposed to raise awareness of the role of respiratory and skin diseases when choosing a profession.
The Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency (KOSHA) is a public and non-profit industrial accident prevention organization established on December 9, 1987 as a government-funded institute in accordance with the Korea Industrial Safety and Health Agency Act (Law No. 3931). KOSHA seeks to contribute to the growth and development of the national economy by maintaining and improving the safety and health conditions of workplaces and runs, among others, practical training programs for safety and health management, a correspondence training program for supervisors at workplaces, general training programs for supervisors at workplaces and an Occupational Safety Training Institute.
You will find more information on the KOSHA Member's page on this platform and on the KOSHA website.
Promoting workplace health, and especially the topics covered by the "Move Europe" campaign directly in companies all over Europe, can help bringing these topics to education and training inside these companies as well. There are trainers and teachers related to or working in these companies who can use the campaign to strengthen the role of workplace health. The improvement of life-style oriented behaviours at the workplace has, of course, always been a topic for training and education in occupational health and safety as well.
More information about the initiative here.
In Portugal, there is a large community of teachers and trainers involved in Occupational Safety and Health. Prof. Soeiro is a teacher of Civil Engineering at the University of Porto and has been researching safety in Construction. One of the members of the Protugese network, Dr. Roxo, was Vice-General Inspector of Labour in Portugal and is currently dealing with subjects related with the European matters of OSH. Dr. Freitas, another member, is responsible for OSH in the Portguese telecommunication company and president of APSET - Portugese Association of OSH. The three persons which currently form the Portugese network are a small sample that illustrates the spectrum of OSH activities in this country.
The English version of the programme can be viewed and downloaded here. Please click here for the German version.
The registration form in English is available here, the German version here. All documents come in PDF file format and will be opened in a new browser window.
For more information on the 8th Training & Innovation, please click here.
This year´s topic is "Intercultural Dialogue in Work and Health". Again, the event will be carried out in cooperation with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. It is also a contribution to the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.
Companies which are interested in joining the project are requested to contact Dr. Noemí Fernández Sánchez, RKW Kompetenzzentrum, Germany, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.