WorldSkills Russia appreciates the experiment on introducing assessment of OHS regulations’ compliance into competition practices

WorldSkills Russia appreciates the experiment on introducing assessment of OHS regulations’ compliance into competition practices

On May 20, evaluation of the results of the experimental assessment of the OHS regulations’ observance by the Competitors and Experts of the fifth WorldSkills Russia National Competition in Krasnodar was carried out.

According to the Technical Director of the Union Young Professionals (WorldSkills Russia) Aleksey Tymchikov, the original idea was to establish a group of independent specialists in order to monitor compliance with safety and health regulations.  Seven experts from Klin Institute for Labor Protection and Working Conditions, EcoStandart and other specialized companies under the patronage of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, have started their work before the Competition commenced.

The specialists updated the documentation on compliance with OHS regulations, monitored observation of all the norms during the construction of the competition site, and held briefings with Competitors and Experts. During the Competition days, they controlled observation of safety standards by the Competitors and Experts. Disqualification as an extreme measure has never been applied over this time. However, lectures with those Competitors who disregarded personal protective equipment were held right during the competitions. Thus, they received a sort of 3-5-minute penalty – instead of completing the Test Project (within a strictly limited period of time), they had to listen to the instruction.

“We are very happy with the results,” says Alexei Tymchikov.  “First of all, we managed to improve the quality of organisation and holding the Competition, as we made it safer. Secondly, our Competitors became more advanced in terms of using occupational safety methods and, most importantly, conducting this experiment contributed to spreading the philosophy of safe work, promotion of safe labor as we had around 150 thousand visitors. They saw how this process should be managed.”

Results of the experiment are to be presented to the whole WorldSkills International movement, as well as International Labor Organization (ILO) at the Conference in Singapore.

WorldSkills Russia National Competition is the largest skills competition according to WorldSkills Standards held in Russia among students of TVET colleges aged 16 – 22, as well as schoolchildren aged 10-17. In 2017, the WorldSkills Russia National Competition in 109 skills was held in Krasnodar from May 15 to 19. More than 1600 Experts defined the best professionals out of 1300 Russian and foreign students and schoolchildren. The competitions took place at the Exhibition Congress Complex “Expograd Yug” covering an area of 56 400 sq m.