General Secretary Attends ENETOSH Steering Committee Meeting

On June 4, the General Secretary attended a meeting of the European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH). IFUT shares a seat on the Steering Committee with a representative from the AOb union, the largest education union in the Netherlands. We represent the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE), a federation of 123 education trade unions across 51 countries, with a membership totalling 11 million across Europe on ENETOSH. It is a significant honour for a union of our size to represent ETUCE within this network. 

ENETOSH's primary objective is to integrate safety, health, and well-being into the education system, thereby promoting quality education and a culture of prevention at individual, organisational, and societal levels. ENETOSH members participate in various global projects aimed at enhancing health and safety for educators and incorporating a greater emphasis on these issues within educational interactions, including those with students. More information about their initiatives can be found on their website

Of particular interest to IFUT members is the ‘Good Practice’ section on the ENETOSH website, which features hundreds of reports related to health and well-being in further and higher education. These reports highlight different approaches to incorporating occupational health, safety, and welfare into the teaching curriculum. One notable ongoing study, led by Tanya Haraldsdottir Nordberg of Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway, examines the regulation of work time in the digital age for teachers. This research explores work-life balance and the evolution of technology from enabling flexible work to creating a sense of being 'always working from everywhere'. 

Members who work or lecture in occupational health and safety are encouraged to contact the General Secretary to discuss developing IFUT's expertise in this area which could enhance our ability to collaborate with other unions on future projects and, far more importantly, could prove to be a resource to our members.