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Taskforce 2

Mainstreaming OSH into Higher education

Online Survey on "Integrating the UN Development Goal No. 8: Promoting good work into university education"
Universities have an important role to play in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Addressing the implementation of the SDGs is one of the responsibilities and ethical obligations of higher education institutions and is increasingly used as an evaluation criterion in accreditations and impact rankings.

The aim of this survey is to find out whether and in what way the UN development goal SDG 8 on promoting good work and employment is implemented in courses and modules of relevant study programs at universities in selected European countries. The survey specifically addresses study programs in the professional areas of (1) occupational safety, industrial hygiene, ergonomics; (2) occupational medicine (medical curriculum and further training to become a specialist in occupational medicine); (3) human resource management (business and management schools). With the help of this explorative study, characteristics of good practice in the implementation of SDG 8 in curricula are to be determined for the first time, as well as suggestions for the improvement of learning and working conditions in higher education institutions.

The link to the online survey you will find here:
English: befragungen.dguv.de
German: befragungen.dguv.de

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Background:
The survey is part of the work program of the Task Group on the integration of good, sustainable work and productive employment (SDG 8) in higher education of the Global Coalition on Safety and Health at Work, coordinated by the ILO.

Duration of the project: 2020 – 2022.

So far, 14 experts from 8 countries (Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, UK, USA, Zimbabwe) participate in the Task Group. Since January 2021, the European Trade Union Committee for Education and Science (ETUCE) has been an official member of the Task Group.
The Task Group is chaired by Prof. Johannes Siegrist, University of Düsseldorf, and Dr Ulrike Bollmann, Institute for Work and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), coordinator of ENETOSH.

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Main members of the former ENETOSH Taskforce 2 (2018-2019):
Dr Nuria Mancebo, University of Girona
Alan Cowen, University of Brighton

This TF aims firstly at a clarification of the topic ‘Mainstreaming OSH into Higher education’; secondly at the establishment of a ‘Community of practice’ in this field that covers teaching and research as well and thirdly a small ‘Champion research study’ to clarify among others the following questions: What are undergraduate and graduate students taught about OSH in Higher education? How is the preparation for the world of work integrated into the studies and lectures in Higher education? How to improve the understanding of OSH in Higher education? How to improve the knowledge about OSH in Higher education? How to involve students into the world of OSH? How to find a common language for teaching OSH in Higher education in different regions of the world? How to consider a college or university as an organization, developing its processes and structures according to OSH criteria in the sense of a ‘Good healthy university’.

Please find the following document on the work of the Taskforce here (in PDF format):
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