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OSHVET: Raising awareness of Occupational Safety and Health in European Vocational Schools

The round table will start with a short presentation of the mandate of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and will be followed by the presentation of one of its partnership projects dedicated to the promotion of a much needed culture of occupational safety and health within vocational education and training (VET) establishments across Europe: the OSHVET project (Occupation Safety and Health in Vocational Education and Training establishments).

This project consists of fostering partnerships at the national level between EU-OSHA’s network of Focal Points (ministries, labour inspectorates’ institutions…) and members of the VET community. With these partnerships, the OSHVET project raises awareness on the importance of OSH to VET teachers and students/future professionals and provides them with easy access to existing sources of practical information and knowledge. This partnership also offers useful contacts at national and regional level. The mandate and requirements of this partnership will be introduced.

EU-OSHA representative will then briefly present the various occupational health and safety tools and projects made available to learn about occupational safely and health in different sectors and fields, including circular economy, green transition, digitalisation (to name only a few) and where to find and access them.
Then, the existing EfVET network of EU-OSHA will be presented and EfVET partners already active in their partnership with EU-OSHA will present concrete examples of cooperation and of raising awareness of OSH in VET at national level.
After this presentation, we will call for EfVET members from more countries to volunteer and to join us in this project that we believe is crucial to promote the safety, health and well-being of Europe’s future workers. (Note that we are now contacting the existing EfVET members to volunteer to present at the roundtable their experience in the OSHVET project.)