Strategic Partnership for Occupational Safety and Health

Project title: Strategic Partnership for Occupational Safety and Health 

Project acronym: SPOSH

Project number: 2015-1-PL01- KA202-016625

Project duration: 36 months

Project summary:

Today’s situation of increasing European and global competition and the cost pressure resulting out of it, forces SMEs to put more efforts into using modern automated systems. There is also a growing number of small and medium enterprises in which health and safety knowledge, regarding planning, implementation and operation of these technologies, is insufficient and often missing. This situation asks for effective measures enabling a successful dissemination of existing legislation/safety practices and its implementation due to the use of innovative information and training approaches, especially tailored w.r.t. the needs of the SME sector, also focusing on young as well as low-skilled workers. Therefore, the SPOSH project addresses directly the aims and needs identified in “EU Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Strategic Framework 2014-2020”. This new framework is directed towards ensuring that the EU continues to play a leading role in the promotion of high standards for working conditions within both, Europe and internationally, in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy. The main reason behind this Strategic Partnership establishment is the creation of strong connections between partners and the elaboration of common OSH learning tools, materials, standards and methodology. The partners will develop training platform serving SME users as a source of good practice information on the EU-OSH and help in proper OSH risk assessment.

Project aims and objectives:

The main project objectives are the following:

  • improving implementation of existing health and safety rules, in particular by enhancing the capacity of micro and small enterprises to put in place effective and efficient risk prevention strategies
  • improving the prevention of work-related diseases by tackling new and emerging risks without neglecting existing risks
  • taking into account the ageing of the EU's workforce.
  • providing practical support to small and micro enterprises to help them to better comply with health and safety rules. Businesses would benefit from technical assistance and practical tools, such as the Online Interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA), a web platform providing sectoral risk assessment tools.

Target groups:

The main target groups of SPOSH project are:

  • SME workers;
  • SME managers;
  • Vocational school students.

Expected outcomes:

The project will be focused on trainings in the area of the advanced manufacturing systems, especially well-equipped in the automation and robotics technology. This area is very important because of the Strategy for re-industrialization of Europe and the risk regarding accidents at work. Risk, problems, needs in OSH area are transnational and the project outcomes will be oriented towards transnational users and their usage as open resource materials (transnational).

The project will result in the following intellectual outputs:

  • Analysis of target groups’ needs;
  • Set of common project training materials (lessons);
  • Common learning methodology including assessment strategy;
  • Dedicated ICT training Portal.

The final version of the project results will support work-based VET training activities and peer-learning. An additional project result will be the Project Learning Agreement and Partnership ECVET Memorandum of Understanding.

Project coordinator:


Project partners:



IEBA Centro de Iniciativas Empresariais e Sociais (, Portugal

Cluster AT+R (, Slovakia


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