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The Czech pharmaceutical company VAKOS XT, a.s., became one of this year’s Good Practice Awards winners for developing measures to protect police and rescue services personnel from exposure to illegal narcotics. The technique results in real improvements, as reported by exposed workers, such as decrease in symptomatic toxic indications (e.g. muscle spasms and cramps or non-specific headaches). Likewise, the procedures for workplace preventive decontamination led to a reduction in long-term...See more
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The French road construction and maintenance company Eiffage Infrastructure received a Good Practice Award 2018-19 for developing a system that removes completely the risks of workers and the environment exposed to hazardous solvents. The new process involves less laboratory equipment, saves time, money and resources and has increased productivity by 30%. The method was developed in line with the prevention policy of EIFFAGE Infrastructures, which is to design and use products or methods that...See more
Following a successful campaign closing summit, EU-OSHA thanks all partners for taking part in the 2018 -19 Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign. It's thanks to their hard work that the campaign has been so effective. Preparations are already well under way for the next campaign. The 2020-22 campaign — Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load — tackles musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), a persistent problem affecting millions of workers across Europe. Find out more about the next...See more
The 2-day event held in Bilbao brought policy-makers, social partners, EU-OSHA’s focal points, official campaign partners, media partners and other stakeholders together to celebrate the end of the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign . The Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards were handed over in a very emotional ceremony and delegates exchanged good practice, reflected on the lessons learned and pledged their commitment to tackling future challenges together. A summary of...See more
Among the multiple resources of the 2018-19 Healthy Workplaces campaign, the EU-OSHA e-tool on dangerous substances and chemical products aims to provide enterprises with the information and advice they need to assess and manage the related safety and health hazards. With a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises and companies without specific knowledge of dangerous substances, this interactive web-based guide provides tailored and easy-to-understand background and good practice information...See more
On 28 November 2019, several organisations, including the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), extended the EU Roadmap on Carcinogens in Helsinki. The objective of this voluntary action scheme is to raise awareness amongst workers and employers about the risks of exposure to carcinogens. The initiative was first launched in May 2016 in Amsterdam under the Dutch EU Presidency and was then continued under other presidencies. It was first extended by Austria in Vienna and now by Finland in...See more
To support the Roadmap on Carcinogens , Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union held a special conference on 27-28 November — ‘Working together to eliminate occupational cancer’. Along with EU-OSHA, participants included experts from the European Commission, social partners and national bodies responsible for occupational safety and health. The purpose? To share knowledge and good practice on reducing exposure to carcinogens at work, and review what the roadmap has achieved...See more
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On 5 – 8 November, the 36th International Congress for Occupational Safety and Health (A+A) took place in Düsseldorf, Germany. Discussions focused on new products and solutions to work more safely, healthily, efficiently and sustainably.
The 4-day trade fair and congress provided an opportunity to explore diverse occupational safety and health (OSH) topics including personal protection, with more than 2,100 exhibitors from a total of 63 nations, and over 73,000 trade visitors. Speakers, among them Christa Sedlatschek, executive director of EU-OSHA and Dietmar Elsler, EU-OSHA, discussed the future of work, and how to implement effective prevention measures in the industry 4.0. One session was dedicated to hazardous substances,...See more
As the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign enters its final stages, we look at some of its highlights and long-term legacy. We also give you a sneak preview of our upcoming campaign on work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs...
Managing dangerous substances doesn’t end here! Since the launch of the campaign in April 2018, national focal points and their networks, official campaign partners and media partners have organised an enormous amount of activities and media actions at national level across Europe. All to raise awareness of how to manage dangerous substances and to help companies protect workers. Some big campaign highlights included 2 highly successful editions of the European Week for Safety and Health at...See more
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On 4 - 6 November 2019, IMA Europe organised an Occupational Safety and Health Workshop to share knowledge and good practices in dust prevention and control, as well as the management of dangerous substances. The workshop concluded with a site visit...
Official campaign partner IMA Europe organised the 9th edition of their IMA Europe Occupational Safety and Healthy (OSH) Workshop in Lommel, Belgium, hosted by the Sibelco Group, a material solutions company. Participants from 15 IMA member companies and 20 different nationalities, including participants from Australia, USA, South Korea and Russia, attended. The workshop provided training on the IMA Europe Dust Monitoring Programme , a database that gives a complete picture of the exposure...See more