University of Oulu

Arto Reiman, Louise Møller Pedersen, Seppo Väyrynen, Erja Sormunen, Olli Airaksinen, Harri Haapasalo & Tuula Räsänen (2019) Safety Training Parks – Cooperative Contribution to Safety and Health Trainings, International Journal of Construction Education and Research, 15:1, 19-41, DOI: 10.1080/15578771.2017.1325793

Safety training parks : cooperative contribution to safety and health trainings

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Author: Reiman, Arto1; Pedersen, Louise Møller2; Väyrynen, Seppo1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2University of Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark
3Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland
4Sinenkaari Ltd, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-11-20


Recent debate regarding the possibility for decreasing the risk of accidents within the construction industry has emphasized the need for innovative training methods. Training should combine behavior- and culture-based approaches, simulate real-life situations, and involve multiple methods. The concept of Safety Training Park (STP) has been developed to meet these challenges. Eighty stakeholders from the Finnish construction industry have been involved in the construction and financing of the STP in northern Finland (STPNF). This unique cooperation has contributed to the immediate success of the park. However, little is known regarding the creation process and how the utilization of the STPNF could be improved. This article presents as a case study the concept, joint creation process and lessons learned this far. Detailed descriptions of the STPNF, findings from focus group interviews, and evidence from the literature are presented with a focus on the pros and cons of the STPNF. The STP is a new and innovative method for safety training that stimulates different learning styles and inspires changes in individuals’ behavior and in the organizations’ safety climate. The stakeholders’ high commitment, a long-term perspective, and a strong safety climate are identified as preconditions for the STP concept to work.

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Series: International journal of construction education and research
ISSN: 1557-8771
ISSN-E: 1550-3984
ISSN-L: 1557-8771
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Pages: 19 - 41
DOI: 10.1080/15578771.2017.1325793
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This study was funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund (project grant number 114368).
Copyright information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International journal of construction education and research on 06 Jun 2017, available online: