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Reiman A., Airaksinen O., Fischer K. (2019) Safety Training Parks - Cooperative Initiatives to Improve Future Workforce Safety Skills and Knowledge. In: Bagnara S., Tartaglia R., Albolino S., Alexander T., Fujita Y. (eds) Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018). IEA 2018. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 825. Springer, Cham.

Safety training parks : cooperative initiatives to improve future workforce safety skills and knowledge

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Author: Reiman, Arto1; Airaksinen, Olli2; Fischer, Klaus3
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Sinenkaari Ltd, Oulu, Finland
3FOM University of Applied Science, Mannheim, Germany
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-11-21


Construction is one of the most unsafe industries worldwide. Safety training is one essential element to improve occupational safety skills and performance. A wide variety of different safety training methods has been introduced, and a need for more engaging training methods has been recognized. Finnish construction industry has introduced a new Safety Training Park (STP) concept to meet that challenge. Three STPs have been constructed in Finland. STPs are concrete learning environments, in which real life work situations are demonstrated at training points. This study focuses on STP in northern Finland (STPNF). STPNF is a macroergonomics construct designed, financed and constructed by a large consortium of 80 different stakeholder organizations. In addition to construction companies, stakeholders such as schools and universities, municipalities and service providers are included in the consortium. This descriptive study aims to provide an overview of the STPNF concept and describe the most typical STPNF utilization approaches. Further, stakeholder collaboration is discussed and a discussion is initiated on the potential and prerequisites for the transferability of the STP methodology to other contexts.

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Series: Advances in intelligent systems and computing
ISSN: 2194-5357
ISSN-E: 2194-5365
ISSN-L: 2194-5365
ISBN: 978-3-319-96068-5
ISBN Print: 978-3-319-96067-8
Volume: 825
Pages: 669 - 678
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-96068-5_72
Host publication: Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018). Volume VIII: Ergonomics and Human Factors in Manufacturing, Agriculture, Building and Construction, Sustainable Development and Mining
Host publication editor: Bagnara, Sebastiano
Tartaglia, Riccardo
Albolino, Sara
Alexander, Thomas
Fujita, Yushi
Conference: Congress of the International Ergonomics Association
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This study was funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund [Project: 114368].
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