Hot Topics
This area shows our "Hot Topics", old and new, highlighting special issues. It presents a collection of good practice examples dealing with one special or various related topics to give you some pointers for your search on our platform. All of the Hot Topics are listed here. Feel free to browse!

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Hot Topic #19
Sustainable Education
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Sustainability in schools and education means running educational institutions in a sustainable way - taking care of resources, a safe and healthy work and learning environment, being climate neutral and being aware of environmental impacts, but it can be much more.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. These goals can also be implemented in a holistic and sustainable education system. Especially the SGDs connected to education: SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).
In this Hot Topic, we show you a selection of examples of sustainable institutions, as well as projects for sustainability in education on any level. The examples show various aspects of sustainability in education and educational institutions - from nationwide and worldwide campaigns to university courses or schools implementing sustainability into the curricula and everyday life.
The examples are in random order.
Hot Topic #18
Occupational Hygiene

| Bild: | Occupational hygiene can mean much more than "just" hygiene - but in times of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, hygiene itself gains very high importance.
On the next page, you will find a selection of examples of good practice from our database dealing with this topic, in random order. There are examples from all over the world, some dealing with hygiene in schools, some with the challenges of the 2020 Corona pandemic, some with hygiene at workplaces in small, medium and big companies.
On page 3 you will find a list of institutes and institutions working for occupational hygiene all over the world - without claim of completeness. Institutes and Institutions, private and governmental, from various countries, all websites linked here are valuable sources of information. Many hygiene courses in various countries can be found on these websites as well as by searching the internet - training courses for workers and employees, as well as university courses.

Examples of good practice from our database see next page.

Hot Topic #17
Integration of ergonomics into education and training
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This is our "Hot Topic" #17: „Integration of ergonomics into education and training“.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common work-related ailments. They affect millions of workers. MSDs are causing workers to leave the workforce early, which is a human and a financial burden. Some young workers even enter their first workplace with MSDs. And sometimes, the education system itself is a source for MSD problems.
There is a need for action! Improving musculoskeletal health through the life course by starting as early as possible has a decisive impact on prevention. The topic "Integration of ergonomics into education and training" is a perfect vehicle to make the "Whole School approach" concrete: How to design safe and healthy learning spaces - including virtual learning spaces - to improve the quality of education? How can ergonomics help to support the learning process in schools?
The life-course approach based on the former campaign of EU-OSHA “Health for all ages” will get more powerful in the upcoming next campaign on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). ENETOSH is currently involved into the preparation of a sub-project of this campaign on “MSDs prevention among school children and young workers”.
Hot Topic #16
Occupational Skin Diseases
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Our "Hot Topic" #16 is: Occupational Skin Diseases (OSD).
In many professions, like hairdressers, nurses, in the construction industry, in laboratories or the high-tech business, the protection of the biggest organ of your body - the skin - is essential.
And often not self-evident.
This means that the awareness of the risks and the knowledge about effective ways of protection is of very high importance. At work, as well as during education in pre-schools and schools, vocational schools and universities, awareness and knowledge of OSD can and should be included into everyday life, into lessons, lectures, education and training.
Hot Topic #15
Healthy Ageing
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Our "Hot Topic" #15 is: Healthy Ageing.
The European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health ENETOSH is an official partner in the EU-OSHA campaign 2016 - 2017 "Healthy Workplaces for all Ages". This 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. This collection of examples of good practice puts a special focus on this topic.
“We all get older, it’s about us” (Colin Millner, International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)). An ageing workforce represents a potential rather than a burden. We need a work environment that takes the different physical and mental age of the individuals into account, supports active and healthy ageing during working-live, facilitates synergy between the generations, compensates age-related deficits by technical devices or medical improvements, and copes with the error-proneness of humans, e.g. by an error-learning culture.
Here is our collection of good practice examples dealing with this issue.
Hot Topic #14
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This is our "Hot Topic" #14: „Youth“. Young people are the future of the world of work. At the same time, this group of students, apprentices and young workers, is more at risk than other groups. So projects, campaigns and educational material for this target group is of special importance.
Hot Topic #13
Stress and Psychosocial Risks
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This is our "Hot Topic" #13: „Stress and Psychosocial Risks“. Not only in special branches like gastronomy, heavy industry or the pedagogical sector, but in all areas of work, work-related stress and psychosocial risks can be or become a serious problem.
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“.
"Work-related stress is not an individual fault, but an organisational issue. It is one of the most important outcomes of a poor psychosocial work environment.
Psychosocial risks arise from poor work design, organisation and management, as well as a poor social context of work. They may result in negative psychological, physical and social outcomes." (Healthy Workplaces website by EU-OSHA).
More information on the topic and the Healthy Workplaces campaign can be found on the website, for some examples of good practice dealing with this important issue, please go to the next page.
Hot Topic #12
Accident Prevention
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Our Hot Topic #12 is "Accident Prevention". Of course, this is essential for safety at work. Many professions come with a high accident risk. 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. The ideal target is, of course, “Vision Zero” – no severe accidents at work and at home any more.
In this "Hot Topic", we highlight a collection of Good Practice examples dealing with accident prevention, in different work fields. It is just a selection, in random order. You can find more examples in our Hot Topic #3, "Construction Safety", because in the construction industry, accident prevention always plays a major role.
Hot Topic #11
Teacher Training
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This is our Hot Topic number 11: 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 and physical education as well as road safety, safety at school and at work, and last but not least violence prevention.
The projects listed here 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.
Hot Topic #10
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Our tenth "Hot Topic" is "Asbestos".
Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals forming thin fibrous crystals. The inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma (a formerly rare cancer strongly associated with exposure to amphibole asbestos), and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis). Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century because of its sound absorption, average tensile strength, and its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage. It was used in such applications as electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation.
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.
On this platform, we have a some good practice examples dealing with asbestos. Please have a look at our selection:
Hot Topic #9
Mental health
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Our "Hot Topic" #9 is: Mental Health.
Mental Health is one of the basic topics of occupational safety and health, because it is important at all stages of an occupational career, for all kinds of workers or employees. At school and in the kindergarten, we should start to take care of children's mental health, and at the end of the working life, mental health becomes a very "Hot Topic" again.
Hot Topic #8
Violence Prevention
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Our "Hot Topic" #8 is: Violence Prevention. Bullying, harassing and all forms of violence can be a big problem in Kindergarten and at school. This problem is often hard to handle or to prevent, so teachers, employees in child-care centres and the pupils themselves need help and training.
Hot Topic #7
First Aid
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Here is our "Hot Topic" #7: First Aid. First aid is, of course, of high importance for safety at the workplace or at school. Because of this, it is part of many projects or campaigns dealing with occupational safety and health. Once we focus risks, we have to take care of first aid as well. Every apprentice, pupil and worker should at least basically know about first aid and what to do and how to react in case of accidents. In our collection of good practice examples, we have a number of projects with first aid playing an important role. Please take a look at our Hot Topic "Risk assessment" and the other Hot Topics as well.
Hot Topic #6
Risk Assessment
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This is our sixth "Hot Topic": Risk assessment
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 projects or programs that can help workers to see risks of their workfield in advance, cover a wide range.
Hot Topic #5
Healthy Children
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Our fifth "Hot Topic" is "Healthy Children". Children are our future - and their health and their awareness of healthy behaviour and of health-related dangers are very important! A couple of projects, campaigns and courses all over Europe deal with this topic, so please have a look at our selection of good practice examples!
Hot Topic #4
Road Safety
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Our fourth "Hot Topic" is "Road Safety". This issue is of high importance - especially, but not only for children! Every day, kids and young people have to face dangerous, unclear or bemusing traffic situations, so training campaigns or projects dealing with this topic can help dealing with these situations and avoid injuries and accidents. In our database, we have several examples dealing with road safety, mainly in the Kindergarten/School sector, but as well in the sector "Initial Vocational Education and Training". Please have a look at our selection of good practice examples!
Hot Topic #3
Construction safety
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Our third "Hot Topic" is "Construction Safety". It is well known, that building sites and other workplaces related to the construction sector are full of risks because of many workers at the same site, heavy loads lifted and moved, risky materials being handled, unhealthy worktechniques and machines of different kinds that are used by workers. On this platform, we have a wide range of good practice examples concerning the construction sector. These examples deal with different construction- related topics, e.g. avoiding accidents at building sites, physical problems of workers and different ways of bringing OSH to building sites. Please have a look at our selection of good practice examples!
Hot Topic #2
Safe School
| Bild: Safe School | This is the second article in our series of "Hot Topics" to highlight special issues. This time we want to draw your attention to our examples dealing with "Safe School".
It all starts at school: learning how to read and to write, how to calculate and many other things. This is important, indeed, but not less important is knowledge about safety and health.
Hot Topic #1
Noise, sound and listening
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This is our first "Hot Topic": noise, sound and listening.
From our first cry to our last moan, we are exposed to sounds of all kinds. These may be nice sounds, gentle or loud, it may be music, but it may as well be noise - traffic-, environmental- or work-related noise.
Awareness of handling with sound and protecting against noise damages is very important, starting at kindergarten and school and continuing during the whole work life.