Why the OiRA project?
Risk assessment is the cornerstone of efficient risk management. However, carrying out risk assessments on health and safety at work can be quite challenging, particularly for micro and small enterprises (MSEs) which may lack the resources or the know-how to do so effectively. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched the OiRA project with the aim to overcome this. OiRA is the first initiative at EU level to encourage European MSEs to assess (and manage) their occupational risks.
What is OiRA?
OiRA is a web application (tools generator) to create interactive risk assessment tools (OiRA tools). These OiRA tools can help MSEs to put in place a risk assessment process – starting with the identification and evaluation of workplace risks, through decision making on preventive actions and implementation, to monitoring and reporting.
Mission and Objectives
The mission of OiRA is to increase the number of MSEs in the EU that carry out a proper risk assessment and consequently manage their occupational risks. To achieve this, OiRA develops and disseminates practical risk assessment tools tailored to the specificities and needs of MSEs in Europe. EU-OSHA offers the OiRA tools generator to national/public authorities and sectoral social partners and encourages them to build sectoral risk assessment tools tailored to MSEs. EU-OSHA also fosters the use of OiRA sectoral tools by ensuring broad promotion/dissemination and implementation, i.e. developing a diffusion strategy and the OiRA community which empowers social partners, among others, to promote and support the uptake of the tools by MSEs in their specific activity sectors.
The OiRA community
The OiRA community is made up of the organisations/people developing OiRA tools (labour inspectorates, ministries of employment, EU and national social partners). It aims to facilitate the development and dissemination of OiRA tools by stimulating the exchange of tools, knowledge and good practice, and collaborative work.
The members of the OiRA community share the same values: putting practical risk assessment tools at the disposal of MSEs free of charge; and supporting MSEs to properly assess (and manage) their occupational risks and by this way improving working conditions.
Added value of the OiRA tools for end-users
They are free, web-based and interactive; they are practical, adapted to the specificities of their sectors, allowing to assess their occupational risks; they include modules and “risk statements” allowing identification of hazards and practical “solutions” to prevent (and manage) the risks; and can be used with smartphones and tablets.
OiRA project and tools are specifically mentioned in the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014-2020 from the European Commission, as key instruments to help micro and small enterprises to comply with occupational safety and health legislation.
|Award category:||the public sector as partner for a better society - european, national and regional level|
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|Keywords:||Health and safety, risk assessment, OSH management, micro and small companies, eTool, eGovernment|
|Short English description:||OiRA is a web application (tools generator) to create interactive risk assessment tools (OiRA tools). These OiRA tools can help MSEs to put in place a risk assessment process – starting with the identification and evaluation of workplace risks, through decision making on preventive actions and implementation, to monitoring and reporting.|
|Organisation:||European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)|
|Level of government:||EU institutions|
|Size of organisation:||50-100|
|Number of people involved:||1-5|
|EU membership:||EU member|