Title PRIMAeT: Psychosocial Risk Management – Vocational Education and Training
Project Number 502836-LLP-1-2009-1-UK-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text Psychosocial risks, work-related stress, violence, and bullying are now widely recognised major challenges to occupational health and safety. A new training course was developed as part of the PRIMAeT project. It has for the first time made available, practical and user friendly tools that can be implemented in organisations to manage psychosocial risks by managers, employers and other practitioners who undertake the PRIMAeT training course. The use of VET systems to deliver training on psychosocial risk management is expected to make it more accessible and appealing to managers and employers especially those in SMEs. The course is available in 6 languages and the material could be translated into other languages by interested parties in the future. The project team also worked with the BSI to develop a publicly available specification that will help in standardising provision of training and set the basis for the development of a European Standard on Psychosocial Risk Management.
Summary The PRIMAeT project developed a training course delivered online by means of an interactive virtual learning environment (VLE). The training package includes information to raise awareness as well as tools at that can be used at enterprise level to prevent and manage psychosocial risks. Such training is currently not delivered as part of vocational education and training (VET) anywhere in Europe. The proposed project addresses this gap in provision by developing the training content which is being incorporated into training systems of partner institutions and beyond.
Psychosocial risks have been identified at the European and national level as a concern for both employers and workers. The available European data indicates that work-related stress costs the EU at least €20 billion per year in lost time and health bills. Over 50% of absenteeism in the EU has its roots in work-related stress. In the 15 Member States of pre-2004 EU, the cost of stress at work and the related mental health problems was estimated to be on average between 3% and 4% of gross national product, amounting to €265 billion annually (Levi, 2002). To address this, DG Employment funded the Psychosocial Risk Management – European Framework (PRIMA-EF) project, under the EU Sixth Framework Programme. The project contributed to the development of a European framework for the management of psychosocial risks at work.
One of the key priorities identified by the results of the PRIMA-EF project was the need to raise awareness on psychosocial risks across the enlarged EU and across stakeholders as well as develop and promote specific training programmes on psychosocial risk management, for stakeholders, for occupational health and safety professionals and for health and safety inspectors. It is expected that training managers, employers, and OHS professionals on how to prevent and manage these risks will reduce the economic burden substantially and help create better workplaces.
The PRIMAeT project developed a training course delivered online by means of an interactive virtual learning environment (VLE). The training package includes information to raise awareness as well as tools at that can be used at enterprise level to prevent and manage psychosocial risks. Such training is currently not delivered as part of vocational education and training (VET) anywhere in Europe. The proposed project addresses this gap in provision by developing the training content which is being incorporated into training systems of partner institutions and beyond.
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The PRIMAeT project focused on the development of innovative ICT-based contents for promoting psychosocial risk management at the workplace delivered by means of a virtual learning environment. The didactic innovation of the new training course has made available, for the first time in Europe, practical and user friendly tools that can be implemented in organisations to manage psychosocial risks by managers, employers and other practitioners who undertake the e-training course. Using VET systems to deliver training on psychosocial risk management is expected to make it more accessible and appealing to managers and employers especially those in small and medium sized enterprises. Training on psychosocial risk management is currently not covered through VET systems anywhere in Europe and the proposed project will therefore promote innovation in VET provision by developing new practices in VET through the development and delivery of such a training programme.
The content is based on high quality research developed by a team of experts and based on consensus. The tools developed will help create awareness of the importance of participation and dialogue in the workplace. The training programme acknowledges and address unique issues such as issues regarding gender and diversity in organisational policy and practice within the context of psychosocial risk management. It allows users to not just learn about best practice but also share best practice on the VLE. In line with the innovations in the proposed project, the partners worked with the British Standards Institute towards the development of a Publicly Available Specification (PAS) for psychosocial risk management. The PAS will ensure ongoing good practice for employers and is a proven tool for influencing employers, and will go a long way in promoting psychosocial risk management at the workplace and encourage manager and employers to engage in such training.