The European Week for Safety and Health at Work

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The European Week for Safety and Health at WorkSafe maintenance will be the focus of the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which this year will be marked from 24 to 28 October with a series of awareness-raising events, including workshops, seminars and exhibitions. The Week is part of the Healthy Workplaces campaign, organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and its partners across the EU and beyond.

“The safe maintenance campaign is drawing record levels of involvement with our Europe-wide network of focal points and more than 50 companies and organisations that joined as Official Campaign Partners,” explains Dr Christa Sedlatschek, Director of EU-OSHA. “Since April 2010, the campaign has mobilised some 10,000 people though more than a hundred partnership meetings and a series of media activities, to bring safe maintenance to the fore. Benefits for organisations of being a campaign partner include greater employee engagement (43%) and better networking activities (64%),” she said.

The European Week will consolidate these activities, with many of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign events focused around this week.

The new Safe Maintenance Magazine, which may be downloaded from here, features articles demonstrating a wide range of maintenance-related issues that impact safety and health in the workplace, including maintenance organisation and planning, risk assessment, human behaviour, chemical safety, design, subcontracting, communication and inspection of personal protective equipment. A wide variety of campaign material is available in 24 languages to download from the Healthy Workplaces Campaign website http://hw.osha.europa.eu.

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) contributes to making Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work. The Agency researches, develops, and distributes reliable, balanced, and impartial safety and health information and organises pan-European awareness raising campaigns.

Set up by the European Union in 1996 and based in Bilbao, Spain, the Agency brings together representatives from the European Commission, Member State governments, employers’ and workers’ organisations, as well as leading experts in each of the EU-27 Member States and beyond.

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