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29/10/2019

Two interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools for schools launched

On World Teachers’ Day on 5 October two new interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools were launched to support education institutions in assessing different occupational safety and health (OSH) risks, including exposure to dangerous substances.

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The official campaign partner the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE), in close collaboration with EU-OSHA, have developed two new OiRA tools that provide support to all staff working in early childhood education and care and secondary education, including newly-trained teachers who are especially vulnerable.

The tools guide staff responsible for OSH in educational institutions on how to record the risks and take effective preventive actions. A series of modules cover a comprehensive set of all possible occupational risks that can occur in and outside of schools, along with the EU legislation relevant to each risk. The OiRA tools help to create an action plan that enables educational institutions to reduce risks for the workforce step by step.

Both tools cover a variety of risks, including stress and violence, as well as the dangers caused by the exposure to dangerous substances. Staff teaching subjects related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) need to be aware of the risks related to dangerous substances and how protect themselves and students, e.g. when teaching science classes in laboratories. In addition, information is available for cleaning and cooking staff as well as caretakers and facility managers about exposure to dangerous substances and hazardous waste.

OiRA tools are free to download and enable micro and small enterprises to carry out risk assessments. Explore and share the OiRA tool for secondary education and the OiRA tool for early childhood education and care.