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As in previous EU-OSHA campaigns, ETUCE has been an Official Campaign Partner of the “2017 Healthy Workplaces for All Ages” campaign. In relation to this campaign and building on the previous EU-funded project of ETUCE-EFEE ‘Social Partners Promoting Decent Workplaces in Education - Joint Social Partner Initiatives at EU, National, Regional and Local Level to Prevent and Combat Psychosocial Hazards in Education’, ETUCE and EFEE (The European Federation of Education Employers) are now launching a 1.5-year EU social-dialogue project entitled “OiRA – Online Interactive Risk Assessment Tool”.

ETUCE is committed to making the key role of education trade unions visible in promoting decent workplaces in the education sector for a healthier working life.

The OiRA project will provide  the basis  for  the  cooperation  between  EU-OSHA and the European social partners for developing two OiRA tool(s) which can trigger similar national tools in the future.

OiRA tools

The project will consist of the development and implementation of two OiRA tools: one on early childhood education and other focused on secondary education level. The online tools will be a collection of good practices and policy recommendations, fed with legal insights, real life examples and research-based information, concluding in a sort of self-assessment test. The online tools will be supported by promotional and dissemination material.

Topics to be addressed

The education sector is characterised by plenty of risk factors, especially psychosocial risks, which include stress, harassment and violence. The online tools will be based on input from the social partners and the outcomes of former projects carried out in the sector.

Built on the recent ETUCE-EFEE EU social dialogue project “Social Partners Promoting Decent Workplaces in Education (2014-2015)”, among other aims, the OiRA project will contribute to the following issues:

  • Promote decent and healthy workplaces in education for teachers and education employers;
  • Manage, combat and prevent physical health related problems (asbestos, heating, light, humidity, musculoskeletal problems, etc) as well as mental health related issues (psychosocial risks, harassment, work-related stress, risks associated to ICT and cyber-security, etc) for teachers and educational personnel in a broad sense;
  • Exchange, disseminate and come up with good practices on safety and health in the education sector for teachers.

Advisory Group

The project is led by an Advisory Group who will supervise and manage the project activities with their national expertise under the co-ordination of ETUCE. The OiRA project will be essentially conducted with guidance and advice provided by the national experts. The Advisory Group meetings are expected to take place in Bilbao (in the EU-OSHA’s premises, Spain) and in other locations across EU countries.

Members of this Advisory Group are:

Mr Luis Lopes, SINDEP, Portugal

Ms Sarah Lyons, NEU, United Kingdom

Mr Sandi Modrijan, ESTUS/SVIZ, Slovenia

Mr Patricio Perez, FE.CCOO, Spain

Mr Anthony Casaru, MUT, Malta

Mr Tomi Neckov, VBE, Germany

Mr Daniel Wisniewski, European Federation of Education Employers, UE/Belgium

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