These free online training courses, which started on 2nd September, address the Health and Safety needs of professional profiles for ‘green’ construction jobs in Europe.
Through the Health and Safety Blueprint tender, Fundación Laboral de la Construcción has defined, together with the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), the strategic framework for the improvement of training in Health and Safety in the construction industry adapted to the new needs of professional profiles for ‘green’ jobs in Europe.
A study of training needs in this field was carried out in twelve European countries (Spain, Germany, Belgium, Slovenia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Portugal), and, as a result, Fundación Laboral has launched its training proposal, contemplating the requirements in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) demanded by the new ‘green’ jobs for construction workers.
On 2nd September, 198 people – out of the more than 470 who registered – started the three pilot courses of H&S Blueprint, online for free, focusing on Insulation and Sealing Materials (15 teaching hours), Finishing Materials (15 teaching hours) and Renewable Energy Systems (25 teaching hours).
In addition, due to the success of the call, it is expected that more calls for these courses will be opened soon, launching courses that will complete the H&S Blueprint series: Insulation Operations, Bituminous Materials, Sustainable Materials, Inverted Roofing Operations and Waste Management.
The Insulation and Sealing Materials Course deals with thermal and moisture insulation materials (mineral wools, expanded polystyrene, extruded polystyrene, polyethylene, polyurethane and sealing materials -silicones-), together with preventive measures in the handling of these materials.
The Finishing Materials Course focuses on risks during use and handling, environmental impact, preventive measures and waste management, related to gypsum, water-based paints, wood and derivatives, ceramic material and metal material.
The Renewable Energy Systems Course deals with the risks and preventive measures common to all renewable energies: biomass energy, thermal solar energy, photovoltaic solar energy, geothermal energy and fan coil energy.
After the completion of each of the courses, opened until 22nd September, learners will obtain the corresponding certification from Fundación Laboral de la Construcción.