Napo — safety with a smile
Napo, as the hero in a series of animated films, provides light-hearted, discussion-provoking introductions to occupational safety and health (OSH) topics and risk prevention.
Napo is a typical worker in any industry or sector. Often, he is exposed to common hazards and risky situations in the workplace. However, he is actively involved in identifying risks and providing practical solutions.
Napo has now become the main ambassador for EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces Campaigns and many of his films link with or support these campaigns. He also appears in person at key campaign events.
Together with his workmates, Napo stars in a series of language-free films, which allow people of all backgrounds, cultures and ages to understand and identify with him. The films cover a wide variety of safety and health topics, for example:
- Work-related stress and pychosocial risks: Napo in….When stress strikes
- Slips and trips: Napo in…No laughing matter
- Occupational risks linked to use of chemicals: Danger: chemicals!
Napo for teachers
Napo also helps to introduce safety and health to primary school children. EU-OSHA, supported by the Napo Consortium, has devised an occupational safety and health online toolkit for teachers. Study packs are provided containing:
- Key messages and learning objectives
- Activity ideas and online resources
- Sample 45-minute lesson plans
After a successful pilot scheme, these lessons are being developed and expanded throughout Europe.
The Napo films are the property of Via Storia, the production company based in Strasbourg, France, and the Napo Consortium which funds and produces the films on behalf of a small group of European health and safety organisations: AUVA (Austria); DGUV (Germany); HSE (UK); INAIL (Italy); INRS (France); SUVA (Switzerland); and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). In addition, EU-OSHA has an agreement with DGUV (on behalf of the Consortium) to reproduce and supply copies of the Napo films to national Focal Points in all EU Member States, candidate and EFTA countries.