Carsten Brück, Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE GmbH, Germany
The whole-school approach can be considered as the ‘Gold standard’ of mainstreaming OSH into education. Research conducted by the European Agency has come to the conclusion that approaches that cover various fields of action at schools are best suited the integration of safety, health and well-being into education programmes and for sustainably improving prevention culture. Such holistic approaches include the different fields of actions of which mainstreaming actions can consist of: integrating OSH and risk education into school curricula; training of students, teachers and school management representatives; introducing risk management at school level; and active participation of the students in the risk management. Holistic approaches also take account of mental health and well-being of other stakeholders at school.