On March 12, 2020, an international seminar “Actual problems of labor protection” was held at the training base of SPbGASU in Krasnoye Selo in the vicinity of Saint Petersburg. Participants of the seminar, including SAFECON project partners from LAB University of Applied Sciences, visited the only safety training ground under construction in Russia – the main result of the project – and saw that the work on its creation is nearing completion.
Within the framework of the seminar, a test class was held with students of SPbGASU on an interactive training module, which consists of two parts, demonstrating correct and incorrect performance of potentially dangerous work. Students can see what happens if personal protective equipment is not used and safety rules are ignored.
“How did this person get injured?” Nadezhda Subbotina, assistant at the Department of Technosphere Safety, asked the students during the test lesson. Students reconstructed the course of events and list the errors that had led to harmful consequences.
The seminar program included the presentation of the Smart Labor training computer program created on the basis of virtual reality technologies. The actual version was introduced by a specialist of the SPbGASU Scientific and Educational Center for Labor Protection in Construction Omar Shakshak:
“We put on a helmet, take the controller, press the button and plunge into the workflow. Versions have been developed for both virtual glasses and for a computer,” he said.
Classes at the Smart Labor training ground are designed to form a safe behavioral model of employees for students. This model implies that the employee complies with all instructions, rules and regulations, including when no one is watching them. To achieve this goal, students in an interactive environment that simulates work processes are involved in various situations that are possible at the workplace. As a result, the students are clearly aware of the risks to the health and life in the event of non-compliance with safety standards, and they receive a psychological pattern attitude to comply with the standards, not “for the show”, but for their own well-being.
Speaking at the seminar, Executive Director of the Association of the SRO Unified Center of Labor Protection Specialists and the Association of Organizations Providing Services in the Field of Labor Protection, SRO, Irina Belova noted:
– The participants in our associations have a large number of training centers for labor protection. We want to attract them to use this training ground in our educational processes.
Vitaly Tsaplin, Director of the SPbGASU Scientific and Educational Center for Labor Protection in Construction, Head of Department of Technosphere Safety, in his turn emphasized:
– Irina Belova represents associations uniting labor protection specialists not only from the construction field, but also from other industries. Cooperation with them will give us the opportunity to significantly expand the range of organizations interested in using the Smart Labor Polygon training ground.
Assistant Coordinator of the National Association of Builders (NOSTROY) in the North-West Federal District Evgenia Pozhar continued on the topic:
– At the St. Petersburg International Labor Forum, held on February 27–28, we presented a large stand with an installation on welding and a model of the Smart Labor Polygon in Krasnoye Selo. We want to continue to inform the broadest possible circle of specialists about the training ground. Our immediate plans include presentation of the project in Kaliningrad and holding two large seminars on labor protection in St. Petersburg, where the first results of using the training ground will be discussed.
Vitaliy Tsaplin came up with a proposal to create an Internet portal, i.e., an interactive coordination and information system for managing the training of construction workers. It is assumed that the portal will bring together Russian and Finnish specialists providing training on labor protection.
“In the conditions of rapid development of the construction industry, which is an integral part of almost each of the twelve national projects implemented in Russia, labor protection is an extremely important part of activities aimed at saving the nation, a matter of national importance,” said Vitaliy Tsaplin.
The safety park or the “Smart Labor” Polygon (training ground) is already in demand by different categories of trainees. Thus, on March 2, 2020 it was visited by a group of schoolchildren from the centers for promoting family education in St. Petersburg. The visit to the training ground was organized in the context of the educational program of the professional guidance project PUZZLE, implemented by the fund supporting talented youth “Future Leaders”. The main goal of the project is to develop and implement individual trajectories of education and development of each child. Children are helped to choose their future profession by organizing both theoretical classes, presentations, and field events to visit construction sites in St. Petersburg. One of the directions of the program is a multidisciplinary educational course in the construction sector “Build your future profession”. It was in the frame of this course that the children visited the safety park – Smart Labor Polygon in Krasnoye Selo.
On February 27-28, 2020, Saint Petersburg hosted the international Labor Forum, Russia’s largest event in the field of labor and human capital development for personnel management specialists, representatives of legislative and executive authorities, experts and scientists.
A specialized exhibition in the field of labor safety and personnel development “CUBE” – “Personnel, management, security” was held within the framework of the Labor Forum.
SPbGASU and the National Association of Builders (NOSTROY) as a strategic partner of the SAFECON project to support, develop and promote long-term results of the project presented at the exhibition Polygon Smart Labor being built in Krasnoye Selo. The NOSTROY Association presented at its booth a 1:15 scale Polygon model and a ready-made interactive training module (installation “Welding work”).
SPbGASU, in turn, demonstrated the program “Training of construction workers in labor safety “Smart Labor “in the format for a VR system. Visitors to the exhibition could, wearing virtual reality glasses, plunge into a highly detailed environment of the Smart Labor training ground at the training base of St. Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Krasnoye Selo.
Visitors to the exhibition – representatives of construction companies, educational organizations, government agencies, the media – showed great interest in the stands of SPbGASU and NOSTROY Association.
On February 27, a round table “Features of a labor safety specialist work. Interaction with the employer and supervisory authorities” was held. Kirsi Taivalantti and Vitaly Tsaplin took part in it as speakers with reports on the implementation of the project and the tasks of the Smart Labor training ground.
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In December 2019, the company-winner of the tender for the manufacture of interactive training modules installed material for the first modules at the training base of SPbGASU Krasnoe Selo. Two installations are almost completed. It is only the final decoration that is missing, which will be added when all nine modules are ready. On December 30, 2019, the Commission consisting of experts Tatyana Goncharuk, Nadezhda Subbotina, Head of the laboratory of the Department of Technosphere Safety of SPbGASU Vera Strokova and communication manager of the SAFECON project Elena Selezneva visited the site for the future polygon “Smart Labor” and examined the installed materials for compliance with the technical task.
On December 6, 2019 in the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry NOSTROY Association held a conference “Actual issues and development trends of modern labor protection management systems in the construction industry”. The event was arranged for specialists in labor protection and industrial safety in the field of construction. Representatives of the Ministry of Labor of the Russian Federation, the State Labor Inspectorate of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Russian Federation attended the plenary session of the conference
Vitaliy Tsaplin, SAFECON manager from SPbGASU and a postgraduate student Nadezhda Subbotina as well as students of SPbGASU having the Technosphere Safety as their major took part in the conference.
Vitaly Tsaplin made a report on the topic “Interactive Coordination and Information System for Training Management of Construction Workers” and spoke about the importance of training management system in connection with the project SAFECON.
The students of GASU took part in the interactive brain-ring business game: “Professional risks in construction: identification, assessment, management” and became absolute winners.
On November 21-22, 2019 the Fourth All-Russian scientific and practical conference with international participation “Safety in Construction” was held at SPbGASU.
Reports related to the implementation of the SAFECON project became the central reports at the plenary session on the first day of the conference.
Project manager Kirsi Taivalantti evaluated the results of the first year of the project. The project manager from SPbGASU Vitaly Tsaplin made a report on the readiness of the site for the future polygon “Smart labor” in Krasnoye Selo, told the participants of the conference about signing a contract with the company that had won the tender for manufacturing and installation of interactive training modules (installations) as well as about introduction of the interactive training modules in the educational content of training specialists in SPbGASU. Specialist Omar Shakshak presented new information about the creation of an interactive digital model as a modern method of learning.
The plenary session was attended by 79 people, not counting students of SPbGASU.
Among the participants were representatives of Finnish partner universities in the project SAFECON – Saimaa University of Applied Sciences and South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, representatives of the Committees of St. Petersburg Government, the National Association of builders (NOSTROY), higher educational institutions, research institutions, industrial enterprises, medical institutions of 4 regions of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.
The conference included two major exhibitions: an exhibition of personal protective equipment for the types of work within the SAFECON project presented by the manufacturer “Vostok-Service” and a photo exhibition of works by students of SPbGASU “Construction in the lens”. The students’ photos had been taken during the period of practical training at the construction sites of St. Petersburg in real production circumstances.
Materials of the conference have been published as a separate collection.
On September 25, 2019 SPbGASU and NOSTROY – National Association of Builders – signed an agreement on cooperation. The ceremony of signing took place during the 10th All-Russian Conference “Russian Construction Complex: Everyday Practice and Legislation” which was held in the frame of the Sustainable Development Forum in St. Petersburg. The Forum brought together representatives of state authorities, leaders of public organizations and initiative groups, prominent entrepreneurs and company leaders.
Anton Glushkov, NOSTROY President, spoke at the ceremony of signing the Cooperation Agreement about the association plans to cooperate with SPbGASU in various aspects including the innovative international SAFECON project as its main idea is perfectly relevant.
Evgeny Rybnov, rector of SPbGASU, expressed hope to broaden joint activities.
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Almost a year of work in Safecon project is approaching to an end and it is time to sum up the work and learnings gained so far.
The planned activities begun nicely, but quite soon we realized the difference in the approach between Finland and Russia. In Finland work safety is in good level and companies acknowledge the importance of work safety and are willing to develop further work safety by participating the Safecon project. In Russia there is also a good drive to rise the work safety levels, but finding interested companies to give their involvement to the project activities has been challenging.
In Finland, we concentrated on small and medium size construction companies. In big construction companies work safety activities are already almost routine work. There is also a very active join interest organization for the construction companies in Finland, The Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT (CFCI). They are also active in enhancing the workers safety with projects, guides and competitions. However, not all SME’s are part of CFCI. Safecon project also focuses more to top management and field manager level.
Aim of Safecon project is to improve work safety competence in construction industry in the cross-border area within construction site workers, especially those who have high risk factors for accidents, such as young or old workers or workers from different cultural background. In Finland, the focus is especially in foreign workers and challenges that the cultural difference brings in work safety in SME’s.
So far, we have approached more than ten (10) companies in the project area. It is already recognized that the top managers have a principle role in building work safety and safety culture. Thus, the contact was primarily done straight to the Chief Executive Officer, CEO.
Five (5) companies have already participated the interview, which aimed at a) getting to know the company’s work safety culture, b) identifying possible challenges that the project can help to overcome and c) also the attitudes towards work safety.
Four (4) companies from Finland have agreed to stay active and participate the project. This means that later during the project they will take part to a pilot group that tests the new activity and training model to improve occupational safety in construction industry. Aim is to establish communication tools between the management and the workers, taking into account the foreign labour force and employees of different ages. Companies have also an active role in the creation of the new tool trough job shadowing and joint workshops.
What to expect from the project next? For the top-management level activities (work package 1), the next step is to follow through the interviews. As we get enough of interested companies involved, we can start to process the results. As an outcome of the interviews and workshops, there will be top management guidelines for different perspectives about work safety. The results will also be presented in an article and top management seminar during spring 2020.
Another parallel goal for the project is to execute an installation in St Peterburg, using the Finnish safety-park concept. For the Finnish companies, this also opens doors to train site managers and construction workers in Russia, bringing the training from cultural aspect into completely new level. Benchmarking visits to Espoo Safety Park and Kuopio Occupational Health and Safety training center were also part of the project and quite eye opening.
Writer is the project leader from South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) and leader of work package 1 activities.
Yulia Yudina’s work “Development of a new approach to training specialists in finishing works using the interactive environment “SAFECON” won the third place in the nomination “Research project» of the VIII International intelligence contest for undergraduate and postgraduate students “Discovery Science: University – 2019”.
Yulia Yudina is a second-year master student majoring in Technosphere Safety at the Faculty of Environmental Engineering and Municipal Services of SPbGASU. Her academic supervisor is Vitaly Tsaplin, an associate professor, Head of the Department of Technosphere Safety of SPbGASU.
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On April 9, 2019 in St. Petersburg the District conference of members of the Association “National Association of Builders” in the North-Western Federal district of the Russian Federation took place.
Representatives of 13 self-regulatory organizations from Kaliningrad, Arkhangelsk, Cherepovets, Syktyvkar, Veliky Novgorod, Pskov, Murmansk, Vologda and Leningrad Oblast’ towns attended the conference.
Vitaly V. Tsaplin, SAFECON project manager from SPbGASU, presented information about the project, its tasks, planned outputs and interim results. Representatives of the self-regulatory organizations in the field of construction, participating at the conference, showed their interest in the project and expressed a desire to receive information about the further progress of the work.
More about this event can be found on the website of SPbGASU
The 72-nd all-Russian scientific and practical conference of students, postgraduates and young scientists “Actual problems of modern construction” was held in SPbGASU in April, 3-5.
At the meeting of the Department of Technosphere Safety section 2 students’ speeches were devoted to the safety of construction works chosen for development within SAFECON project.
Thus, the student Yulia Litvinenko reported on the topic “Production of works with a lifting crane”, and the student Anastasia Grinchuk analyzed the causes of electric injuries in the construction industry.
It is important that as future specialists in the construction industry, students choose urgent topics and share the results of their research.
In February 28 – March 1, 2019 the St. Petersburg International Labor Forum, organized with the support of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation and the Government of St. Petersburg, took place in the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Center.
SAFECON project manager Kirsi Taivalantti (Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, Finland) and project manager from SPbGASU Vitaly Tsaplin spoke together with the report at the presentation area of the Forum and took part in the round table on the activities of an labor safety specialist and interaction with employers and supervisory authorities. SPbGASU also participated in Specialized exhibition on occupational safety and health CUBE within the framework of the Forum.