Who we are
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The European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH) offers a platform for systematic knowledge-sharing on issues concerning education and training in occupational safety and health.

The network was set up with the financial support of the European Commission as part of the LEONARDO DA VINCI programme (for a project phase from 10/2005 until 09/2007). The project started out with 13 partners from 10 countries.
In October 2009, ENETOSH was awarded with the “LEONARDO Preis 2009 Innovation in der Praxis”, by the National Agency for Education in Europe, based at Germany’s Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), for outstanding EU projects that produce inspiring results and impacts on education and training in practice.
In 2015, ENETOSH celebrated its 10th birthday at the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in Bilbao.
Today, more than 80 partners from 33 countries all over the world are involved in ENETOSH. The network is coordinated by the Institute for Work and Health (IAG) of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). During the project phase, ENETOSH was supported by an advisory board, consisting of representatives of leading European and national institutions. In 2012 a Steering Committee was established to provide guidance on key issues such as the strategic approach, common projects and events. The Steering Committee consists of representatives of the network including the (European) Social partners.

At the European and international level, ENETOSH collaborates with other networks, for example the National Focal Point network of EU-OSHA, the European Network for Safety and Health Professional Organisations (ENSHPO) and the Robert W. Campbell Award Global Network of the US National Safety Council (NSC).

The aim of ENETOSH
The fundamental aim of ENETOSH is to mainstream occupational safety and health (OSH) into education and training. Our assumption is that mainstreaming OSH into education and training will help boost the overall quality of education and prepares the ground for the development of a culture of prevention.

The scope of ENETOSH

The idea that safety and health are an integral part of lifelong learning guides the work of ENETOSH, which is why it covers all areas of education, from kindergarten to school, initial vocational training, higher education through to continuing vocational training.

Expert forums for the various levels of the education system

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Target groups
  • Lecturers and trainers from accident insurance institutions
  • Educational staff in general and vocational education (staff in pre-schools, teachers, instructors, university lecturers, freelance trainers)
  • Multipliers and policymakers (representatives of associations, ministries, social partners at national and EU-level, EU Commission, ISSA, ILO)


Our network activities promote the following at both the national and international level:
  1. Joint quality assurance of education and training on occupational safety and health
  2. High-quality mainstreaming of health and safety into the education system and
  3. Active knowledge-sharing between the OSH sphere and education experts.

What We Are Doing

- Active collaboration in a transnational network
- Systematic collection and assessment of examples of good practice
- Development of a joint standard of competence for teachers in occupational safety and health in Europe

Active collaboration in a transnational network

As a transnational network, ENETOSH’s task is to pool knowledge and experience in a particular field and to promote knowledge-sharing between experts and knowledge transfer in the field in Europe and worldwide. During the project phase of the network, the aim was to create structures that would ensure the network continued to exist after funding by the European Commission stopped.

The following have proved to be success factors for the network members’ active collaboration with one another:
  • Good communication between network partners
  • Mutual understanding and trust
  • Sharing ideas and experience

  • Low level of hierarchy and bureaucracy
  • Good balance between give and take
  • Transparency
  • Joint task
  • Joint agreement of goals and actions
  • Change in the network culture
  • Regular meetings in person
  • Additional partners
  • Development of the idea behind the network based on a long-term approach
  • Thorough evaluation during ongoing activities
Political framework (e.g. EU Community strategy on health and safety at work 2002 – 2006 and 2007-2012, the EU Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Strategic Framework 2014 – 2020, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF); the Global Action for Prevention” program of the International Labor Organization (ILO) ; OSH strategies at national level) But above all: ENETOSH is an open network. All experts dealing with OSH and education are welcome to join the network.

ENETOSH is an open network. All experts dealing with OSH and education are welcome to join the network.

Systematic collection and assessment of examples of good practice

The process of identifying, selecting and presenting examples of good practice in education and training in occupational safety and health for ENETOSH is quality-assured.

A quality management system was developed during the EU project, including the following: a list of criteria for selecting examples of good practice, a data-collection sheet, a coding system, the advisory editing committee plus its statutes and a code of conduct for users of the ENETOSH platform. These tools are used in accordance with a defined workflow. [evaluation]

All of the selected examples of good practice are published in the database (“Tool box”) on this website. Users can search for examples using specific selection criteria or keywords. The system displays a brief note in English and a link to the project’s or institution’s website in the national language. Certain examples of good practice are presented in more detail (“Examples”) or grouped by topic (“Hot Topics”), media ("Videos") or online availability and interactivity ("Education Online").

To find all these examples, please choose "Good Practice" from the main menu.

Among other things, the examples of good practice provide ideas for innovative methods in education and training in occupational safety and health in Europe and are intended to promote mainstreaming of safety and health into the national education systems.

To analyse main trends and promising models within the area of education and training in OSH an empirical study of good-practice examples on www.enetosh.net is currently carried out.

Development of a joint standard of competence for teachers in occupational safety and health in Europe

ENETOSH’s special focus is on the improvement of the competences of teachers, lecturers and trainers as the determining factor for the quality of education and training in OSH. Well-qualified teachers are key to developing a culture of prevention in Europe. They need appropriate competences to ensure the transfer of knowledge about safety and health, to promote changes of attitudes and behaviour in children and adults regarding their own safety and health and to foster the establishment of a safety & health culture in schools and at other workplaces.

Taking its lead from the recent debate on the European Qualification Framework (EQF) held by ministers of education and training, European social partners and the European Commission, ENETOSH worked on competence profiles for teachers and trainers in OSH.

In the course of the ENETOSH-project a standard of competence for instructors and trainers on OSH in Europe was developed.

ENETOSH Network Connections

In this area you will find and overview of and links to other European and International networks (in alphabetical order).

After a brief description of the network in general, you will find additional information related to the activities of the network in the field of education and training related to safety and health.