European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which is coordinated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and implemented by its partners in the EU’s 28 member states and beyond, is being held this week (21-25 October 2013). It is the biggest awareness-raising event of its kind, dedicated to improving the safety and health of Europe’s workplaces.
The European Week for Safety and Health at Work (‘European Week’) focuses on broadcasting the key messages of the current Healthy Workplaces Campaign (‘working together for risk prevention’). The EU-OHSA’s Healthy Workplaces Campaigns have been running since 2000. Each campaign is two years in duration and aim to raise awareness of issues relating to occupational safety and health, and promoting the idea that keeping staff healthy and safe is good for business.
The annual ‘European Week’ provides a crucial focus for campaign activities and sees numerous events organised across Europe, highlighting the benefits of good leadership combined with worker participation.
Activities during this year’s ‘European Week’ focus on encouraging managers to actively engage in risk reduction, and on encouraging workers, their representatives and other stakeholders to work with managers to reduce risks. ‘European Week’ is a great opportunity for organisations to give thought to the health of their staff, assess risks within the workplace and to bring the topic of health at work out into the open. Those organisations in England that have already begun considering how health issues might be affecting staff at work, or how particular work activities might be affecting staff’s health, can call the free Health for Work Adviceline on 0800 0 77 88 44 to get guidance from an occupational health professional.