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Napo — safety with a smile

Napo — safety with a smile

Napo, as the hero in a series of animated films, provides light-hearted, discussion-provoking introductions to occupational safety and health (OSH) topics and risk prevention.

Napo is a typical worker in any industry or sector. Often, he is exposed to common hazards and risky situations in the workplace. However, he is actively involved in identifying risks and providing practical solutions.

Napo has now become the main ambassador for EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces Campaigns and many of his films link with or support these campaigns. He also appears in person at key campaign events.

Napo’s films

Together with his workmates, Napo stars in a series of language-free films, which allow people of all backgrounds, cultures and ages to understand and identify with him. The films cover a wide variety of safety and health topics, for example:

New films are issued regularly as topics are identified. The films are produced by the Napo Consortium, made up of a small group of OSH-related European organisations and EU-OSHA.

Napo for teachers

Napo also helps to introduce safety and health to primary school children. EU-OSHA, supported by the Napo Consortium, has devised an occupational safety and health online toolkit for teachers. Study packs are provided containing:

  • Key messages and learning objectives
  • Activity ideas and online resources
  • Sample 45-minute lesson plans

After a successful pilot scheme, these lessons are being developed and expanded throughout Europe.


An iNapo app, developed  by one of the Napo Consortium members, INAIL, is now available to download, making Napo’s films easily accessible on the go.

Napo Consortium

The Napo films are the property of Via Storia, the production company based in Strasbourg, France, and the Napo Consortium which funds and produces the films on behalf of a small group of European health and safety organisations: AUVA (Austria); DGUV (Germany); HSE (UK); INAIL (Italy); INRS (France); SUVA (Switzerland); and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). In addition, EU-OSHA has an agreement with DGUV (on behalf of the Consortium) to reproduce and supply copies of the Napo films to national Focal Points in all EU Member States, candidate and EFTA countries.