Mainstreaming OSH into education
From early education centres to universities and driving schools, the education sector can be stressful and cause a deterioration of mental and physical well-being. While education may not be considered the most ‘at risk’ occupation sector in terms of safety and health, prevention of work-related psychosocial and musculoskeletal disorders could be of significant importance. A strong occupational safety and health (OSH) management system including risk awareness and training can create a culture of positive staff well-being.
Vocational Education Training (VET) is one of the best pathways to employment in Europe. Taking place from 16-20 May, the European Vocational Skills Week celebrates the many benefits VET programmes can offer to EU students and young people.
The theme for this year´s week is ‘Skills for the Green Transition’, in line with Europe´s commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2050 known as EU Green Deal, which includes measures for equipping workers and students with the appropriate skills for employment in the green economy.
Discover the European Vocational Skills Week programme of events
Check out EU-OSHA’s OSHVET inspiring resources aimed to raise awareness of occupational safety and health among teachers and students in vocational education and training
Training sessions and group discussions at work or in vocational education will benefit from these practical conversation starters about musculoskeletal disorders. Through relatable workplace scenarios (like hairdressing and machine operation), they explore everyday topics such as the effect of standing for many hours, or handling heavy loads.
Many children and young people live with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which may be exacerbated once they join the work force. Being overweight and inactive can increase the risk of MSDs in young people and children, but they are preventable. Minimising these dangers is a multifaceted undertaking, which should involve the public health, education and occupational health.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are often viewed as an adult issue, but in fact around one third of children and young people suffer from the condition. Once in the workplace, these young workers may find their pre-existing musculoskeletal problems exacerbated. Although not all MSDs are preventable, many of the risks associated with them can be avoided.