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May 15, 2015

The International Labor Organization in Portugal presents and welcomes the Project on Health and Safety in the Care Sector

The director of the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Portugal, Mafalda Troncho, has submitted and inaugurated the project Working Group "Tools for the health and safety at work in companies of social services (WBTTH&S), which was carried out at the ILO office in Lisbon.

Categorie: General
Postat de: admingie

"For the ILO it is positive to have here today, in our offices, meetings such as this one, which deals with important issues, especially for working women" said Troncho in her inaugural speech. "The women, and especially the migrants who work in these issues are often in situations of risk. We need help to prevent potential accidents". With the same idea, the director of the Spanish Confederation of Labor Cooperatives associated (COCETA), Paloma Arroyo, underlined "the importance of advancing in the creation of tools to prevent occupational risks in this sector, predominantly female ( … ).  Therefore, in this project, we are analyzing variables, until now hardly explored, to achieve the goal proposed".

According to data obtained in the first research project, the rate of accidents in this sector, specifically in domestic work or assistance to the elderly or sick people, is a 34% higher than the European average existing in other sectors of economic activity.

The project is funded by the European Commission, through the ongoing formation program initiative Leonardo Da Vinci, and aims to provide tools and interactive courses to prevent the risks, in the care sector for the people.

Since the start of the project, which will culminate in Madrid in the autumn, in addition to the international investigation that is taking place (an evaluation through people who are part of the professional group to which the project is directed) seven videos have been developed, and one promotional video (which can be seen entering the link As well, a web page, which will soon be available with documentation and materials relevant to the prevention of occupational hazards in this sector, is being developed.

At the end of the project, it is expected to make a transfer of innovation training carried out in the sector of social care services to the people of the European Union.

Organizations from five countries: Spain, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Bulgaria, are part of the project, called WBTTH&S (by its acronym in English).

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.


This project (number 2013-1-ES1-LEO05-66909) has been funded with support from the European Commission.

This communication 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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