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2014-2018 | SESAME: Safe Small and Micro Enterprises

This project aims at collecting, analysing and dissemating new and comprehensive knowledge and understanding on: policies and strategies, tools and resources, and workplace views and practices with regards to occupational health and safety (OSH)  in micro and small enterprises (MSE’s). For this purpose, research teams from nine EU Member States are brought together to open up the specific and particular rationales, mechanisms and realities shaping OSH for workers in MSE’s in ways that will be useful for both science and policy.

The research project is devided in 4 work packages (WP): the first one gives a state of play of OSH in MSE’s through an in-depth review of available data including facts and figures, an overview of strategies and resources available, etc. The second work package aims at exploring the perspective of workers and their employers in MSE’s through structured interviews - 320 in total - to determine their OSH attitudes and behaviours. The objective of the third work package is to investigate policies, strategies, programmes and actions relevant to OSH in MSE’s using the realistic evaluation, in order to identidy key success factors and describe best practice in fostering preventive actions at the workplace level. Finally, WP4 provides a consolidated report combining the key elements of the analysis of the project drawn from the previous three WP’s. It also provides support for a final seminar in which the analysis of the project and its implication for policy options and development will be discussed with stakeholders.

  • European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) | 9 December 2014 - 8 December 2018
  • contactperson: Monique Ramioul
  • CWERC Work environment Research Centre, Cardiff University (Cardiff, UK)
  • Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University (Aalborg, Denmark)
  • Swedish Environmental Research Institute (IVL) (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Kooperationsstelle Hamburg IFE (KOOP) (Hamburg, Germany)
  • Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI) (Milan, Italy)
  • Tallinn School of Economics and Business Administration, Tallinn University of Technology (TTU) (Tallinn, Estonia)
  • National Research and Development Institude of Occupational Safety (INCDPM) (Bucharest, Romania)
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Cognitique, Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux (ENSC) (Bordeaux, France)