Project: Strategic Partnership for Occupational Safety and Health - SPOSH
Today’s situation of increasing European and global competition and the cost pressure resulting out of it, forces SMEs to put more efforts in use of modern automated systems and there is a growing number of small and medium enterprises in which health andsafety knowledge, regarding planning, implementation and operation of these technologies, is insufficient and often missing. Traditional accident/ health risks remain on the agenda and the risk rate is higher in small business and moreover, the relative risks for SMEs are greater than on comparable large enterprises, since key workers cannot be easily or quickly replaced and short-term interruptions of business can lead to loss of clients and important contracts. This situation is asking for effective measures enabling a successful dissemination of existing legislation/safety practices and its implementation, due to the use of innovative information
and training approaches, especially tailored w.r.t. the needs of the SME sector, also focusing on young as well as low-skilled workers.
Therefore project SPOSH addresses directly aims and needs identified in “EU Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Strategic Framework 2014-2020”. This new Framework aims at ensuring that the EU continues to play a leading role in the promotion of highstandards for working conditions both within Europe and internationally, in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy. Main reason of this Strategic Partnership establishment is the creation of strong connections between partners and elaboration of common OSH learning tools, materials, standards and methodology. Partners will develop training platform which will serve SME users as source of good practice information on the EU-OSH and help in proper OSH risk assessment.
Project activities will also apply to needs identified in Bruges Communiqué on enhanced European cooperation in VocationalEducation and Training (VET), especially "improving the quality and efficiency of VET and enhancing its attractiveness and relevance" and "Higher quality courses, providing the right skills for specific jobs".
The project will be focused on the area of the advanced manufacturing systems, especially well equipped in automation and robotics technology. This area is very important because of Reindustrialization of Europe and the risks related to accidents at work.
Risk, problems, needs in OSH area are transnational and the project outcomes will be oriented for transnational users and their usage as open resource materials (transnational).