ENETOSH workshop
19th October 2011, A+A Duesseldorf, Germany
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The Mobility Challenge: Comparison and recognition of qualifications in health and safety in Europe

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The advance of globalization has resulted in cross-border mobility of workers becoming an important topic in occupational safety and health (OSH). Aspects such as migration, multinational corporations and free movement of workers have an increasingly important role to play in health and safety. This event focused on the comparison and recognition of qualifications in health and safety in Europe.
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.

Sarah Copsey (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, EU-OSHA) and Ulrike Bollmann introduced the workshop by pointing out the problems of migrant workers and analyzing the differences between the European education policy approach and the European employment policy approach to mobility.

In his keynote, Jürgen Tiedje (European Commission, Internal Market Free movement of Professionals), delivered clear insight into the recent modernization of the Professional Qualifications Directive (Directive 2005/36/EC). The primary aim of this modernization is to facilitate mobility of EU citizens for professional purposes.
Dr Markus Müller (TUM School of Education) contrasted the market driven perspective with the perspective oriented on education. He introduced the European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) as a mobility tool and exemplified the development of ECVET with the help of the MOVET II project. Through the MOVET Project, it is possible to have professional skills learned abroad credited to the learning institution in the individual’s home country. The project is operated under Leonardo da Vinci and offers an insight into early examples of implementing mobility in the field of technical vocational education.

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After these general outlines Giancarlo Bianchi and Dr Bernard Maillet came down to earth describing their attempts to harmonize the qualification of safety experts and e.g. occupational physicians in Europe. Bernard Maillet, Secretary-General of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS), described the development of standards and policies in key areas of Post Graduate Training (PGT), Continuous Medical Education (CME) and the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of medical specialists. Giancarlo Bianchi, President of the European Network for Safety and Health Professional Organisations (ENSHPO), introduced the EUSAFE project to the participants. EUSAFE is a running LEONARDO DA VINCI project “aiming at a new profile for OSH professionals based on EQF and ECVET systems to facilitate the OSH professionals transferability”.

In the heart of the workshop were three interactive fora:

FORUM I: Competence
Within this forum Claudia Ball (DEKRA Academy, Germany), Sonja Lengauer (3s Unternehmensberatung GmbH, Austria), Dr Petra Herz (Association of Medical-Technical Assistance, Austria), and Neal Stone (British Safety Council, United Kingdom) presented good practice of how to cope with the challenges of globalisation, fast changes in the qualifications requirements and a lack of transparency between the education and training systems in Europe. They described the development of a network of stakeholders for vocational education and training in the automotive sector (VETAS), an approach for a structured description of work-related competences and their acquisition including Credit Points (VQTS Model), a framework for rating skills for Medical Assistant Professions (MAP:ECVET) and last but not least an entry level qualification in health and safety awareness for young people as an example of good practice that could be easily transferred across the European Union.

FORUM II: Safety Card
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Päivi Rauramo (The Centre for Occupational Safety, Finland) and Anne Melasalmi (Finnish National Board of Education, Apprenticeship Training Centre, Finland) presented the state of the art of the Finnish Occupational Safety Card Training System developed within the area of continuing vocational training and the area of initial vocational training as well. This training system is currently transferred to other European countries. An example for a successful transnational transfer of the Safety Card System is the SSG Entre presented by Johan Nylander (SSG Standard Solution Group, Sweden). The SSG Entre is available in different languages.

FORUM III: Construction
The construction sector is not only a high risk sector, but also a sector showing a high mobility of workers.
Lars Vedsmand (European Federation of Building and Woodworkers, EFBWW) exemplified the evidence of a demand of minimum requirements concerning education and training in the construction sector across Europe in face of the deathly material Asbestos. Susanne Ulk (representing the Danish Branch Environment Council for Building and Construction, BAR B&A) visualized two examples of a multilingual learning tool for the building and construction industry and Dr Hans-Jürgen Lindemann (International cooperation association of Berlin, BGZ, Germany) introduced a system to improve the comparability and to enable the transnational certification of competencies related to energy-saving in construction (KO-TRANSFER).

The fora were organized according to the World-Café format: The participants changed for three times, so that every expert was able to attend all three fora. The chairs of the fora presented the outcomes to all workshop participants: Hella Skoruppa (LAS Brandenburg Germany – Forum I), Bernard Maillet (Forum II), and David Gold (Forum III).

The third and final part of the workshop was a round table discussion. Within this discussion different ways of improving the comparability and mutual recognition of qualifications in health and safety in Europe were explored. On the podium, stakeholders from various areas of society answered the questions of the workshop attendants: Sarah Copsey (EU-OSHA), Isabelle Bonnaire (National Agency Education for Europe at the BIBB), Prof Ralf Giercke (Association of German Safety Engineers, VDSI), Dr Bernard Maillet (UEMS), Dr Markus Müller (TUM) and Lars Vedsmand (EFBWW). The workshop participants and the round table experts had an interesting and inspiring discussion on the topic, and shortly before 1 pm, the workshop ended.

On the next page, you can find the workshop programme, the handouts of the workshop containing most of the abstracts, presentations and pictures.
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