Small and micro-sized enterprises (SMEs) are an important part of a nation’s economic activities, however, due to deficits in both human and financial resources, SMEs tend to have higher rates of workrelated accidents and diseases. In addition to huge human suffering, as SMEs employ a large proportion of the workforce in many countries, the lower productivity in SMEs caused by this high rate of work-related accidents and diseases will prevent sustainable national economic growth.
Small and micro-sized enterprises (SMEs) are an important part of a nation's economic activities, however, due to deficits in both human and financial resources, SMEs tend to have higher rates of work-related accidents and diseases. In addition to huge human suffering, as SMEs employ a large proportion of the workforce in many countries, the lower productivity in SMEs caused by this high rate of work-related accidents and diseases will prevent sustainable national economic growth. The poor development of occupational safety and health (OSH) in SMEs is considered a widespread issue in most countries, and it frequently constitutes one of the priorities in the national political action on OSH. The problem arises from many factors such as the lack of awareness towards the issue, the insufficient knowledge and resources, the absence of the adequate external support adapted to SMEs, etc. Although there are probably no universal solutions to the issue, there are different experiences and best practices worldwide that can be shared in other countries. The International Training Centre of the ILO, in collaboration with LABADMIN/OSH (the ILO department in charge of OSH), organizes this training activity in order to increase the dissemination and sustainability of PAOT programmes by involving tripartite constituent organizations, United Nations programmes and projects, training institutions and other intermediate organizations from civil society in the delivery of such programmes.
- Trainers and technical advisers from government institutions responsible for supporting SMEs on OSH and working conditions; - Workers' and employers' organizations representatives involved in supporting their members in improving OSH and working conditions. - Representatives of non-governmental organizations actively supporting SMEs in OSH and working conditions. - Staff of technical cooperation projects supporting SMEs. - Consultants, university teachers and researchers working in the fields of OSH and working conditions.
This course aims at strengthening the institutional capacity to improve OSH and working conditions in SMEs and in the workplaces of the informal economy.
Upon completion of this programme, participants will be able to:
This training of trainers course would have two parts:a distance-learning phase based in an online virtual platform and then a residential short course.
The distance learning part will use an Internet-based learning platform. This distance learning part is a preparatory part to ensure that all participants have a level of knowledge of the subject that allows them a greater benefit of the face-to-face part of the course.
During the residential part, a highly participatory and action-oriented approach will be used during the course, giving much emphasis on the exchange of experiences in looking for innovative and practical solutions to problems and challenges.
A permanent monitoring of the learning process will be conducted throughout the training by the course coordinator. At the end of the course, an individual end-of-course evaluation questionnaire will be used tom know the level of knowledge acquisition and to allow participants to express their view about the training.
Participants who successfully complete the programme would be awarded with a diploma of achievement authorizing them to deliver training courses on PAOT programmes.