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New Healthy Workplaces – Two Year Campaign from the EU

10/05/2012

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launches its new two-year Healthy Workplaces Campaign on Working together for risk prevention. EU workplaces are safer and healthier than they have ever been. But still every year there are 6.9 million workplace accidents and millions more work-related diseases. EU-OSHA's new campaign turns the spotlight on the importance of management leadership and worker participation in improving workplace safety and health.

Launching the campaign in Brussels, Mr László Andor called for workers and employees to work together to lay the foundations for a more sustainable risk prevention culture in Europe.

‘Europe has made a lot of progress in the area of occupational safety and health in the past decade and we have to continue our work in this area. This is one of the key policies to make active ageing a reality, which is the aim of the European Year in 2012.'

The campaign encompasses a range of activities at national and European level, including the 11th European Good Practice Awards. The Awards, to be announced in April 2013, highlight the best examples of managers and employees working together for risk prevention. Organised by EU-OSHA, the Awards are now officially open for entries, via EU-OSHA’s network of national focal points (http://osha.europa.eu/en/campaigns/competitions/good-practice-award_2012-2013/).

To download the official campaign guide and other campaign materials (presentations, publications and promotional material in 24 languages) and find campaign events happening across Europe, visit the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012-13 website: www.healthy-workplaces.eu

For the UK the HSE provides the focal point for the campaign, but it’s actively supported by a number of other organisations including the Trades Union Congress, Confederation of British Industry, EEF the Manufacturers Organisation and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

Judith Hackitt, Chair of HSE, introduces the Healthy Workplaces campaign via a video. To view the video please click on the following link http://www.hse.gov.uk/campaigns/european/video.htm.

There are many ways of getting engaged but looking at the campaign website is a very good place to start. To find out more about the campaign, more about the tools and the resources that are available, and indeed to find out how you and your organisation can take part.

Visit the website  http://www.hse.gov.uk/Campaigns/European/  

Campaign launch: 18th April 2012

• European Weeks for Safety and Health at Work in October 2012 and 2013
• Good Practice Awards Ceremony: April 2013
• Healthy Workplaces Summit: November 2013

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