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A Selection of nApo’S filmS

Working together

Lungs at work

Safe moves

Safe maintenance

Protect your skin

Danger: chemicals!

Safety in … and outside of work

Risky business

Lighten the load

Safe start

Stop that noise

Clean sweep

Safe on site

The adventures of Napo

Best signs story

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Safety with a smile

The Napo Consortium
The Napo Consortium

Who iS nApo?

Napo is the hero in a series of animated films, co-produced by a small group of European organisations, to introduce important workplace safety and health topics in a memorable, light-hearted way. The likeable character symbolises an employee who could be working in any industry or sector.

His stories have an educational value; they may provoke questions and stimulate debate on specific aspects of safety and health at work.

The Napo films are language free, so that people of all backgrounds and cultures can understand and identify with the character, from young employees to senior management alike.

In the films, Napo often finds himself the victim of common situations over which he has no control, highlighting the hazards that can exist in the workplace. But he can identify hazards and risks and provide practical solutions or make suggestions to improve safety and work organisation. In this sense he is an ideal employee as he is actively involved in the risk assessment process.

nApo for teAcherS

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, together with the Napo Consortium, is working on a project to introduce health and safety topics to primary school children in an educational — yet fun and imaginative — way, using Napo clips and creative activities. The consortium has devised a series of educational toolkits on workplace safety and health, with lessons targeted at children between the ages of 7 and 11.

the originS of nApo

Napo is an original idea conceived by a group of occupational safety and health communications professionals in response to the need for high-quality information products to break down national boundaries and address the diverse cultures, languages and practical needs of people at work.

Each study pack outlines the key messages and learning objectives, offering teachers full details on suggested activity ideas and the resources required, alongside

a sample lesson plan that can be readily incorporated into

a typical 45-minute lesson.

Having been successfully piloted, the lesson plans are being expanded and developed for roll-out across Europe.

For more information on Napo for teachers visit his website

The film consortium — AUVA (Austria), DGUV (Germany), HSE (United Kingdom), INAIL (Italy), INRS (France), SUVA (Switzerland) and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work — emerged from the European Year of Health and Safety at Work 1992 and the European film festival held in Thessaloniki in 1992. They met to discuss ways in which it might be possible to commission and produce videos for use across Europe.

The first video, Best signs story, featured at the EU film festival in Edinburgh in 1998, and won awards at the world congress in São Paulo in 1999 and at national film festivals in France and Germany.

Since then Napo has helped to highlight the hazards in the workplace throughout Europe. He also takes part in EU- OSHA’s pan-European Healthy Workplaces Campaign as a key communicator of campaign messages.

‘Safety with a smile’ is Napo’s contribution to safer, healthier and better workplaces.