Campaign on Manage Stress (2014-2015)
 
 

Campaign on Manage Stress (2014-2015)

The 2014–15 Healthy Workplaces Campaign has three key objectives:
  1. to raise awareness and improve our understanding of stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace;
  2. to provide guidance, support and practical tools for managing risks; and
  3. to highlight the benefits of managing psychosocial risks for workers and businesses.

Psychosocial risks can be assessed and managed in the same systematic way as ‘traditional’ workplace risks.

 

To visit the campaign website on "Manage Stress": click here.
To visit the webpage with information on the last campaigns, click here.
 
   
 
Previous Healthy Workplace Campaigns

Information on the previous EU-OSHA campaigns can be found here.

 

 
 
Campaign on Safe Maintenance (2010-2011)
 
 


SAFE MAINTENANCE CAMPAIGN 2010-2011

ETPIS supports the campaign as an official partner
 

It is estimated that 10-15% of fatal accidents at work, and 15-20% of all accidents, are connected with maintenance.

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Why a campaign about safe maintenance?

The new campaign by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, known as EU-OSHA raises awareness among EU employers of the importance of maintenance for safe and healthy workplaces and the need to protect workers who perform it.

Maintenance is a very common activity. It affects every workplace, in every industry sector, and it concerns everyone at every level. Moreover, maintenance is critical to ensure continuous productivity, to produce products of high quality and to keep company’s competitiveness. But it also has an impact on occupational safety and health. Firstly, good maintenance is essential to keep machines and work environment safe and reliable. Regular maintenance has an important role in eliminating workplace hazards and providing safer and healthier working conditions. Secondly, maintenance itself is a high-risk activity and it has to be performed in a safe way, with appropriate protection of maintenance workers and other people present in the workplace.

What are the maintenance-specific risks?

Because maintenance is carried out in all sectors and workplaces and involves a wide range of tasks, maintenance workers might be exposed to a great variety of hazards.

  • Physical hazards, such as noise, vibration, or excessive heat and cold
  • Ergonomics-related hazards - due to poor design of machinery, process and work environment from the point of view of maintenance it is often difficult to reach the objects to be maintained
  • Chemical hazards, e.g. asbestos in building maintenance, or during the maintenance of industrial installations where hazardous chemicals present
  • Biological hazards, e.g. during maintenance in places where bacteria, moulds, and fungi are likely to proliferate, such as air-conditioning systems
  • Psychosocial risk factors, such as time pressure, irregular working hours
  • High risk of all types of accidents crushing by moving machinery, falls from height

Objectives of the campaign:

A wide variety of Campaign materials are available on the Campaign website, in 22 EU languages. These materials include the official Campaign Guide, posters and leaflets, reports and fact sheets, examples of good practice, animations featuring the popular cartoon character Napo and a variety of other Campaign promotion material. On the corporate Agency website, there is a section dedicated to maintenance, providing e.g. access to risk assessment tools for maintenance.

Why ETPIS has become an official EU Campaign Partner:

The partnership offered by EU-OSHA to ETPIS provides an opportunity to benefit from an extensive range of promotion in the OSH community, in the European area and in the media through the high visibility of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign.

Concerning the European Technology Platform Industrial Safety (ETPIS) promoting and performing research can make the industry safer.

In being an EU Campaign partner for the HCW, ETPIS will work with the EU-OSHA on the same target which is finding solutions in order to reduce accidents and eradicate their negative effect on people, the environment and the economy.

More precisely, ageing and maintenance are key issues identified as priority by the High Level Group of ETPIS: the questions address the life extension of industrial facilities or infrastructures, the monitoring of aged installation and the adaptation of the maintenance using risk-based approaches…

For more information about the campaign:

http://osha.europa.eu/en/campaigns/hw2010/maintenance

For more information about OSHA:

http://osha.europa.eu/en


 

 
   
 
 
Campaign on Risk Assessment (2008-2009)
 
 

Campaign on Risk Assessment (2008-2009)

The overall aim of the Healthy Workplaces campaign is to promote an integrated management approach that takes into account the different steps of risk assessment.

The two-year risk assessment campaign seeks to convey clearly that risk assessment is a systematic examination of all aspects of the work undertaken to consider what can cause injury or harm, whether the hazards can be eliminated and, if not, what preventive or protective measures are, or should be, in place to control the risks.

The campaign seeks to demystify the risk assessment process; risk assessment is not necessarily complicated, bureaucratic or a task only for experts.

It also promotes the idea of a participatory approach to risk assessment. It is essential for the workforce to be consulted and involved in the risk assessment to ensure that hazards are identified not only from principles of knowledge but also by knowledge of working conditions and patterns of adverse effects upon workers.

Risk assessment with its component of worker involvement is one of the key elements in building a sustainable prevention culture.

By providing clear and simple guidance, we seek to empower all employers to carry out an effective risk assessment, and to take appropriate action to eliminate or control risks.

 

To access EU-OSHA website, click here.

Objectives

The main objectives of the European campaign on risk assessment are to:

  • Encourage stakeholders at all levels to actively participate in a decentralised pan-European campaign
  • Raise awareness of the legal responsibility and the practical need to assess risks in the workplace
  • Promote a simple stepwise approach to risk assessment (see Factsheet 80: “Risk Assessment – the key to Healthy Workplaces”)
  • Demystify risk assessment and the process of carrying out risk assessment
  • Encourage enterprises (particularly micro-firms and SMEs) to carry out their own risk assessment (in-house)
  • Promote the idea that risk assessment is inclusive; it is the responsibility of everyone in the workplace not solely the concern of employers (or experts), and benefits from a participatory approach to risk assessment
  • Support employers, workers' safety representatives, workers, practitioners, preventive services, policy makers and other stakeholders in improving risk assessment
  • Communicate that risk assessment is the first step towards systematic OSH management

Target audiences

The campaign is targeted primarily at the workplace level and those involved in the implementation of OSH measures:employers, trade unions, workers, safety representatives, OSH practitioners, OSH prevention and insurance services, and others providing assistance and information at workplace level.

SMEs and in particular micro-firms are a key target group.

Intermediaries are an important secondary audience including: policy makers (European and national), social partners (employer associations, worker/professional federations), Focal Points and their networks, European institutions and their networks, and NGOs.

Messages

Risk assessment is not an objective in itself but a powerful tool for identifying the need for preventive measures.

 

It is not just a matter of checking off a list of recognised hazards; it has to take into account the less visible ones, and the interactions between different factors.

 

Everybody has an interest in an evaluation of the risks and corrective measures to be put in place, and everyone in the workplace has a valuable contribution to make; assessing OSH risks is in the interest of both companies and their workers. It is a partnership approach and should be carried out with the active involvement of the whole workforce; workers have to be involved and consulted in the risk assessment process.

The European prevention approach:

  • Avoid risks
  • Evaluate risks which can not be avoided
  • Combat the risks at source
  • Adapt the work to the individual
  • Adapt to technical progress
  • Replace the dangerous by the non-dangerous or less dangerous
  • Develop a coherent overall prevention policy
  • Give collective protective measures priority over individual protective measures
  • Give appropriate instructions, information and training to workers
 
   
 
 
ETPIS is supporting EU-OSHA to promote safe and healthy workplaces.
 
 

 

ETPIS is supporting EU-OSHA to promote safe and healthy workplaces.

Nine pan-European and multinational organisations have signed up to be part of the first wave of official partners of the Healthy Workplaces campaign. Organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the campaign focuses on the evaluation of health and safety risks and aims at reducing work-related accidents and illnesses. Improvements in this area are urgently needed. To give just one example figure: It is estimated that every three-and-a-half minutes somebody in the EU dies from work-related causes*.

Among the participating organisations are European employers’ and workers’ federations, multinational companies from various industry sectors, research platforms and NGOs. By signing up as official partners, these organisations get substantially involved in the campaign and promote risk assessment as the first essential step for good workplace safety and health management.

“We are very proud that so many renowned organisations decided to help us raise awareness on this important topic”, Jukka Takala, Director of EU-OSHA said. “Risk assessment is the key to preventing accidents and ill health at work. It is a legal obligation throughout Europe, but there are still companies that do not assess their risks regularly. This is reflected in figures of accidents and diseases at work which show that improvements are still needed, especially in SMEs. Partnerships with these nine organisations allow us to further increase the impact of our Healthy Workplaces campaign, already now one of the world’s largest information campaigns on occupational safety and health. And this is only the start since we are in touch with many more organisations that will join soon.”

In practical terms, the official partners promote the Healthy Workplaces campaign through their information channels, disseminate campaign material to their networks and organise their own activities such as conferences, workshops, training sessions, media events and poster competitions. In return, EU-OSHA rewards them with extensive promotion via its website and newsletter to more than 38,000 subscribers. In addition, every participant receives a Partner Certificate and is acknowledged when the Agency presents and promotes the campaign to stakeholders at EU level and to the media.