Vocational Education & Training Standards in Agriculture,Forestry & Environmental Safety at Heights

 

During December 2014, ABA International memberssupported & participated in a new European skills training and safety initiative with a large group of partners from around Europe. The VET-SAFETY project was officially launched in Czech Republic following an earlier preliminary meeting held in Denmark. The project is funded by the European Union as part of the Erasmus + programme and is aimed at the vocational education & training sector. ABA International will continue to promote & support this exciting new initiative as it develops over the next fewyears. 

This project aims to evolve previous work further by developing new common standards such as the use of chainsaws & working at heights within the broader skills sectors of agriculture & the environment. Major accidents related to working at heights are a prime concern both on a European and international level. Previous activities have primarily focused on improving VET standards for trainees but not for instructors. Following discussions with various skills institutions and previous partners it was acknowledged that opportunities should be sought to enhance the capability andVet safetycompatibility of VET instructors and teaching methods at both the European and international levels. The results are likely to not only benefit the individual instructors but the organisations and trainee's they represent. For example, a study reported in the EAIOCOC project identified an estimated 50% fatality rate in chainsaw operators due to aerial use of a chainsaw (previously unknown) based on an analysis of UK health & safety statistics Another aim is to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and expertise between instructors involved in delivery of skills training using machinery at heights. Ultimately in conjunction with the ABA mission statement the project goal is to raise standards, prevent accidents and save lives.

Common key objectives include:

 - Improving safety & skills training standards relating to working at height activities in Agriculture, Forestry & the Environment

 - Development of new resources to support skills training instructors & assessors

 - Developmen tof an International health & safety data warehouse

 - Harmonisation & implementation of new European skills certification standards

In the project are involved 12 partners from United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Ireland, Estonia, Austria, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary,Denmark, Spain and Romania.

More information is available on: www.facebook.com/vetsafety and www.facebook.com/ABA.International.skills.

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