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E-Guide CWH&S –“ Innovative e-Guide in Construction Workplace Health and Safety” is LdV-ToI project with a running time between 2013-2015.
The e-Guide CWH&S project proposal is based on the findings of our survey analysis of the state of the art in the partner countries and Europe wide, including the following:
- Discussions with VET institutions and representatives of the business community leading to the conclusion that, training in health and safety is vital, especially in industries with higher percentage of accidents in the work place.
- The research carried out by EuroStat and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work reports that construction industry has been identified as one of the sectors with the highest rate of incidents, where about 10 % of the employees suffer accidents at work every year.
- The latest results of the European Survey of Working Conditions showing that almost 35% of workers in Europe feel that their job puts their health at risk. Some categories of workers are still exposed to occupational risks (young workers, migrant workers, etc.). Certain sectors are still particularly dangerous (construction/civil engineering, forestry and wood industry, agriculture, transport, etc.).
- The project partners outlined a common gap for specific training in health and safety in the curricula in their VET systems. On the other hand, the discussions with company managers in construction industry also confirmed that currently the needs for such training have been very big. Businesses have little resources to put complex systems of worker protection in place and tend to be more affected by the negative impact of health and safety problems. A great number of hazardous situations occur either due to little knowledge of newly appointed workers or underestimation of the health and safety signs and signals by experienced employees.
- This project proposal is developed also by taking into consideration the following strategic documents:
ii) EUROPE 2020 Flagship Initiative Innovation Union (Communication from the Commission);
iii) An Agenda for new skills and jobs: A European contribution towards full employment (Communication from the Commission);
iv) Panorama on the Skill Needs in Europe, Focus on 2020 (CEDEFOP).
So as the aim of the project is described as; to develop an innovative e-learning tool for acquiring key competencies in health and safety signs and signals in construction industry.
- To transfer and adapt industry-specific VET training tools and methods;
- To train VET students, trainers/tutors and SME staff in health and safety signs and signals in construction industry;
- To raise awareness of the vital importance of health and safety signs and signals in construction industry and the related sectors
The achievement of the aim and objectives will benefit VET students, their trainers and tutors as well as the workers in construction industry (e.g. newly employed workers, older workers, migrant workers, SME managers, etc.) whose career development depends on their knowledge for healthy and safe working environment. The project will equip them with an e-learning interactive multilingual training tool in the system of health and safety signs and signals applied in construction industry and related sectors. This will contribute to achieving improved industrial safety that will influence the entire economic aspects of construction industry.
Furthermore, the achievement of the aims and objectives will facilitate the development of innovative practices in the field of VET at the levels of secondary education, re-training and lifelong learning, as well as their transfer between industries and participating countries.
The project will provide innovative pedagogical materials and methodology tailored for the specific learning environment of VET as part of the lifelong learning process focused on the training needs of the target groups and the desired results. A pedagogical approach in VET resting on e-learning and industry-specific orientation will add to the increased quality of VET systems and practices in the partner countries and beyond.