OSH at the Worldskills France finals
INRS and Social Security partner up with Worldskills France
Occupational safety and health was incorporated into the national finals of the Worldskills championships from 28 to 1 December 2018 in Caen. INRS and Social Security raised visitors’ awareness at their booth and had OSH be part of the evaluation criteria.
The French national finals of the 45th Worldskills Competition, held in Caen from 28 November to 1 December 2018, once again placed occupational safety and health on its agenda. INRS partnered with one of the largest vocational skills competition in France to raise young people’s awareness and knowledge about occupational risk prevention. The goal is for these workers to understand the risks inherent in their jobs and to adopt approaches that will allow them to excel at their skills safely. INRS had already played a similar role in the 44th edition of the competition in 2017.
At this year’s competition, INRS, in partnership with Social Security, ran a booth where visitors were able to consult INRS and Social Security’s occupational safety and health productions, such as short films, posters, prevention tools, etc. Experts were also present to answer visitors’ questions. In addition, for ten of the competition’s skills areas in which occupational risks are prevalent - restaurant service, plumbing and heating, carpentry, welding, hairdressing, construction metal work, bricklaying, health and social care, plastic die engineering, print media technology, automobile technology - competitors were also assessed based on aspects concerning risk prevention.
In France, under 30-year olds have twice as many occupational accidents than any other age category. An epidemiological study conducted by INRS between 2009 and 2014 showed that under 25-year olds trained in occupational safety and health during their education have 50% fewer accidents than those not receiving such training. INRS therefore works actively to have occupational safety and health embedded in school curricula and forms partnerships to develop such teaching in vocational schools, but also in management and business schools and universities.