The aim of the ITSAFE project is to develop a practical software-based toolset to support daily management of health and safety management in small companies, and thereby improve their health and safety performance. Health and safety issues are very important to many small companies, as the costs due to inadequate health and safety management can be very large. It is estimated that losses due to inadequate health and safety management in Europe are over 10 billion ECU per year. In response, the EU and member state government agencies have greatly increased the amount of legislation, guidelines and regulations on health and safety. SMEs have to comply with the legislation as do larger companies, but without the depth of resources, which causes a lot of problems. SMEs need a practical set of tools to cope with the health and safety management and help them to comply with legislation. The results of the project will be a software-based toolset which will fully support the operational management of an effective health and safety management system. This will bring with it, benefits of a structured approach to health and safety management, more efficient working and access to the most up-to-date relevant health and safety information. The ITSAFE toolset will comprise an simple enterprise description module and health and safety planner to assist SMEs in setting up an efficient health and safety system. SMEs will be able to document their procedures and guidelines using the ITSAFE system. Having done this, they will be able to monitor the health and safety activities and ensure that personnel are correctly trained for the health and safety tasks which they have to perform. ITSAFE will also have an up-to-date health and safety reference model, consisting of the EU and national regulations and containing all the sector-relevant further legislation and guidelines. The SMEs will therefore have a one-source access to the health and safety information they need. The results will also include a guidance module which will provide on-line assistance for all of the daily health and safety management tasks. Benefits will be that small companies would be able to manage their Health and safety procedures better. This will provide benefits to the workforce in terms of safer and better working conditions. The companies would also benefit in taking less risks in terms of prosecutions and the potential major costs of inadequate health and safety. The project participants will cooperate with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and will disseminate the results of the project widely. This project has substantial potential in the extremely important area of health and safety. The project partners will cooperate to produce a marketable product and will jointly exploit the results of the project during the post-project commercialisation.
Funding SchemeCRS - Cooperative research contracts
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