Teachers' Health & Safety
The safety and health of teachers is a priority of ETUCE. ETUCE believes a school should be a safe, healthy and propitious place for teaching and learning. Schools are the workplace of teachers, but first and foremost they are educational institutions for young students. Occupational health and safety problems can thus be harmful not only for the workforce (teachers and other staff in education), but can indirectly harm the pupils and put at risk the quality and efficiency of the education provided.
ETUCE's policies on safety and health issues are expressed through action plans on specific safety and health issues. ETUCE has an action plan on teachers' work-related stress and an action plan on preventing and tackling violence in schools.
Through various projects, ETUCE seeks to raise awareness, increase knowledge and facilitate exchange of experience and good practices on teachers' safety and health issues among its member organisations. So far the ETUCE projects have focussed on the issues of Work-related Stress, and Harassment and Violence at work seeking to implement the European Social Partners' Framework Agreements on the same issues.
In its efforts to improve the safety and health of teachers in Europe, ETUCE seeks to co-operate and share knowledge with relevant experts, institutions and stakeholders in the education sector. Among these are:
the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH)
European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)
European Federation of Education Employers (FEEE)
Network of European Psychologists in the Educational System (NEPES)
Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU)
European Parents Association (EPA)