Occupational safety and health from education to the workplace: Findings and recommendations - 2011

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Working together for youth employment
From education to the workplace: a global challenge

Presentation by Sarah Copsey - Project Manager – EU-OSHA on the 30th June 2011 – Brussels

Joint seminar of the European Parliament and EU Agencies Cedefop, EU-OSHA, ETF, Eurofound
European Parliament

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Occupational safety and health from education to the workplace: Findings and recommendations - 2011

  1. 1. Occupational safety and health fromeducation to the workplace: Findingsand recommendations Working together for youth employment From education to the workplace: a global challenge Sarah Copsey - Project Manager – Research and Prevention Unit 30th June 2011 | Joint seminar of the European Parliament and EU Agencies Cedefop, EU-OSHA, ETF, Eurofound European Parliament – BrusselsSafety and health at work is everyone’s concern. It’s good for you. It’s good for business.
  2. 2. Young worker safety - EU-OSHA role Key role to collect, share and exchange information: • Risk Observatory report on young workers • Good practice cases on young workers Risk education in schools Risk management in workplaces • Europe-wide campaign ‘Safe Start’ • Publications on USB stick! 2 http://osha.europa.eu
  3. 3. The problem - in briefAcross Europe, 18-24-year-olds are atleast 50% more likely to have non-fatalwork accidents (Eurostat)A hairdressing apprentice reacted to theproducts she had to use; her hands cameout in cuts and blisters so she could noteven grip a knife and fork; she had to giveup her new jobMore information:EU-OSHA OSH in Figures – Young workers facts and figures 3http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/7606507/view http://osha.europa.eu
  4. 4. The solution – Safe Start a twin-track approachEssential to look at education + workplace • Young workers enter workplace with basic knowledge, skills • Young workers given suitable jobs as required by EU directivesThis means: • Mainstreaming risk education into school education • Mainstreaming youth into OSH prevention actionsIt also means: • Young workers in accident prevention programmes 5 http://osha.europa.eu
  5. 5. Workplace training for young workers – success factors• Training – integral part of safety management• Health & safety - integral part of doing job right – Young worker empowerment• Link to working life• PeersReport: http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/TE3008760ENC/view 6 http://osha.europa.eu
  6. 6. Workplace training - Good practice exampleApprentices teach apprentices • 2nd-years identify topics from own experiences • Presentation to 1st-years • Results fed into risk assessments • After 1 year accidents down by 40%, serious accidents by 88% • Low cost, simple 7 RWE Westfalen-Weser-Ems AG, Germany http://osha.europa.eu
  7. 7. Workplace placement – vocational trainingGood practice exampleDutch agricultural students • Training on musculoskeletal disorders • During work placements – find solution to real problem • Simple! Lay garden path first – easier to push wheelbarrows • Adopted by employer 8 http://osha.europa.eu
  8. 8. Employer – recruitment agency - Good practice examplePartnership – Manpower workagency + Arcelor + Mutual insurerAXAYoung workers at AXA develop tool fortraining at ManpowerWorkplace • Illustrated ‘job description’ • Mentors • Equal treatment of all staff • Communication with work agenciesSafety Charter 9 Temporary workers - Manpower/Axo/Arcelo - Belgium http://osha.europa.eu
  9. 9. Risk education – from nursery to universityRisk education embedded across the curriculum• Learning objectives in core subjectsTailor to curriculum, policy, teaching methodsActive learning, pupil involvement, link to real lifeCooperation and partnershipRisk education at universityWhole-school approach 11 http://osha.europa.eu
  10. 10. Whole-education establishment approach to health andsafety 12 EU-OSHA Good Practice Awards http://osha.europa.eu
  11. 11. Education policies and practices Young worker policies and regulations OSH mainstreaming into education Job/Workplace Young worker Industry type, work hazards, workload, job tenure, etc. Personal background and experience, OSH knowledge, values, attitudes, behaviour, physical, cognitive & emotional characteristics, etc. training, information, supervision 14 Health outcomes http://osha.europa.eu
  12. 12. Thank you for your attention!EU-OSHA resources: Young workershttp://osha.europa.eu/en/priority_groups/young_peopleEU-OSHA resources on mainstreaming OSH into educationhttp://osha.europa.eu/en/topics/osheducation 15 http://osha.europa.eu

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