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Dec 19, 2014

Organizations from five countries analyze the high rate of accidents at the social care sector

“According to European data, the rate of accidents in the social sector, as a domestic worker or as an assistant for elderly or sick people, is 34% higher than the EU average in other areas”.

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The analysis has been made at the second meeting of a European project to develop safety tools at the working place of social care. The average of accidents is 34% higher than in other areas

“According to European data, the rate of accidents in the social sector, as a domestic worker or as an assistant for elderly or sick people, is 34% higher than the EU average in other areas”.

This is the first conclusion of the initial research of the European project “WBTTHS: Web Based Training Tools for Health and Safety” (reference no.: 2013–1-ES1-LEO05-66909) on training tools for health and safety at social services enterprises; a project made by organizations from five countries from the European Union (Spain, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Bulgaria) to develop a group of training tools (with videos and courses), to promote safety and health in social services enterprises, avoiding accidents at work, etc.

The organizations involved are the following: the Spanish workers cooperative organization Confederación Española de Cooperativas de Trabajo Asociado (COCETA); the families association Associação Nacional para a Acção Familiar (ANJAF) and the development NGO Associação Portuguesa de Saúde, Higiene e Segurança no Trabalho para o Desenvolvimento e Cooperação Internacional (APSHSTDC) from Portugal; the cooperatives and mutual institute Istituto Nazionale di Formazione della Lega delle Cooperative e Mutue (Inforcoop) and the media organization Oltremodo, from Italy; the education and training enterprise from Bulgaria Balkanplan; and the Group For European Integration (GIE) from Romania.

At the second of the five meetings of the project, held in Pitesti (Romania), APSHSTDC presented the first draft of the survey made to better identify the needs of safety and health in the social services sector (specifically those services provided to elderly or other dependent people in care centers or at home). This research will serve as the main source of information to make the web tools.

The main risk factors in this area, that are similar at all the countries, are related to: Exposure to chemicals, biological agents (contracting of infectious-contagious diseases), psycho‐social risks (violence, bullying and especially work‐related stress ); physical risks, mechanical and electrical risks (work equipment used, transportation, slipping, tripping and falling), postural risks (ergonomics), and musculoskeletal diseases.

At the meeting, the video directors from Oltremodo presented the draft of the first screenplay of the videos that are going to be done during the project.

The second day of the meeting, the  Italian organization Inforcoop has made the presentation of the experimental model (presentation of company profiles, definition of national working groups, planning activities) that are going to be done to check the responses from the public.

Finally, for the conclusions of the meeting, the director of COCETA, Paloma Arroyo, indicated the need of the people working in care services, either at home or in a facility. She remarked the need of tools to promote good habits to prevent accidents in the workplace, especially for women, who represent the largest percentage of injured persons in this economic sector.

Next meetings to discuss and analyze the processes of the project are going to be held in Italy, Portugal and Bulgaria. There will be presentations of the project at each country and a final presentation in Spain.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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