Title IMPROVING HEALTH AND SAFETY OF FREIGHT TRANSPORT DRIVERS
Project Number ES/09/LLP - LdV/TOI/149054
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
SAFE TRUCK Improving Health and Safety of Freight Transport Drivers is a Leonardo da Vinci Transference of Innovation project approved in the framework of the European Commission Lifelong Learning Program (DG Education and Culture), that will be implemented between October 2009 and September 2011.
The initiative is intended to adapt and update to the Road Freight Transport sector the results of the previous SAFE DOCK project (LdV Pilot Project–ES/02/F/PP-115842), which was aimed to train dock workers in the field of Health and Safety at work.
Transport sector is one of the most important sectors in Europe. It provides about 4.5 million jobs and generates a turnover worth about 1.6 % of EU gross domestic product. However, transport sector is unfavorable in almost all potential risk dimensions, compared with the average of all other sectors. Thus, the sector is at risk in terms of ambient conditions (noise, vapours, danger, vibrations, high/low temperatures, radiation), ergonomic conditions, working non‐standard hours and long working hours, as well as organisational risks such as heavy job demands, lack of control and inability to develop one’s skills at work.
Considering this context, SAFE Truck Project aims at the development of Web 2.0 learning environment that will help road freight transport drivers to increase their knowledge on health and safety at work, in order to make them aware of the risks that may derive from their daily activities.
Thus, SAFE Truck learning environment contains specific information and training on Health and Safety and Risks Prevention for road freight transport drivers. This information and training consists in text documents and short training films that could be easily downloaded by the users in order to have access to them in PDA (text documents) and in MP4 players (short training films).
As a result, SAFE Truck project combines e‐learning (Web 2.0) and mobile learning (PDA and MP4) providing a flexible training for freight transport drivers.
Furthermore, the Web 2.0 learning environment allows the direct involvement of the target group as they will have the opportunity to collaborate in the training process by adding any information and/or reference materials they consider interesting.
The SAFE TRUCK consortium was composed by organisations of different nature such as: a transport trade unions; a consultancy firm specialised in social and market research and in the execution of national and European projects; a freight transport association; a transport higher education institution; a consultancy firm specialised in the development of innovative learning tools; a company specialised in the production of multimedia materials; a transport training association; a trade union of driving schools, and a transport training company.
All these organisations worked together for the successful development of the project and its main results, which is: a Report on the situation of Road Freight Transport Sector with regards to Health and Safety and a Web 2.0 learning environment (EN, ES, BG,DE, HU, PL, SK).
As a result, SAFE Truck expects to contribute raising awareness on the causes of accidents for freight transport drivers, to help them to assess and react appropriately in emergency situation, to provide them with information of health and safety legislation, and to aware them of unsafe acts and conditions that may cause risks.
SAFE Truck Project is based on SAFE Dock – Improving the labour health of European dockworkers through new ICT technologies LdV Pilot Project which main objective was the elaboration of training contents for dock workers on labour risk prevention. These training contents are available in electronic format contained in a CD.
The training contents included are: Necessity of training in Health and Safety at Work; Labour Risks Prevention; Work and Health; Labour Risks Prevention for Dock Workers; and, Practical Cases.
The main reasons for transferring SAFE Dock are that the training contents can be applied to other collectives of workers, such as road freight transport drivers.
In this sense, SAFE Truck was focused on the training contents contained in SAFE Dock and adapted them to the specific characteristics of road freight transport drivers.
A previous analysis of road freight transport sector was done with specific consideration of the initiative promoting health and safety at work. The resulting training contents are accessible in a Web 2.0 learning environment and they consist of text documents and short training films which show how to prevent risks on the truck and how to handle unsafe situations. Both types of training contents are available for download to facilitate the access to the training in different situations (enabling mobile learning by downloading the text documents on PDAs and the training films on MP4 players). The Web 2.0 environment also allows the direct involvement of the target group by allowing them to upload and include any materials they may consider interesting.
SAFE Truck was promoted by Federación de Transportes Comunicaciones y Mar – UGT Euskadi who was also the previous promoter of SAFE Dock Project. As a result, the adequate development of the project was ensured with full access to SAFE Dock project contents.
Open and distance learning
Transportation and Storage
Human Health and Social Work Activities
open and distance learning
material for open learning
After two cooperation years, some relevant products has been developed, as follows:
1. Report on the situation of road freight transports with regards to health and safety at work
2. Bibliographical references database
3. New training contents dossier
4. Safe truck web 2.0 learning environment
All this products are available in the project web site for public general information and for specific public information.