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The 2018 European Week for Safety and Health at Work was a roaring success!

Once again the European Week for Safety and Health at Work created a massive buzz on social media as events took place across Europe. EU-OSHA’s network of partners, workers and employers all came together to share good practice and raise awareness of the importance of managing dangerous substances in order to create safe and healthy work environments for all.


Throughout the week of 22-26 October, events and PR actions ranging from conferences to good practice exchange events took place to spread the messages of the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances Campaign. Here we look at a small selection of the many events that took place, all of which were promoted via the campaign website, as well as on a dedicated Facebook page and on Twitter.

Awareness raising

EU-OSHA’s Greek national partners held their 5th national awareness-raising event on the Healthy Workplaces Campaign, with the aim of promoting a culture of risk prevention. Participants were shown how to safely use pesticides and ways to raise awareness of occupational safety and health in the agricultural sector.

In the Netherlands, EU-OSHA’s Official Campaign Partner Cosanta co-organised with EU-OSHA’s Dutch National Focal Point TNO an awareness-raising event which looked into a web-based instrument that helps organisations identify chemical hazards, assess the associated risks, and control exposure in their workplaces. The event also raised awareness of technical and organisational prevention measures.

EU-OSHA’s media partners were also busy raising awareness. Activities included articles by Gesunde Arbeit in Austria and the Foundation Center for Safety and Health in Bulgaria, while there was extensive social media coverage across Europe.

Good practice exchange

A key goal of the campaign is to inform people of the best ways to manage dangerous substances. This was the focus of a seminar in Portugal, where experts presented ways to safely handle flammable and explosive substances in the workplace; the importance of automatic fire extinguishing systems; and good practice examples on both risk control and the safe use of equipment.

In Poland, EU-OSHA’s national partner organised a visit to Polpharma S.A.’s pharmaceutical plant. The company provided examples of good practice measures that every worker can use, as well as tips on how to safely transport and store chemicals. 

Tackling specific risks

In Sweden, EU-OSHA’s Official Campaign Partner the European Firefighters Unions Alliance held a seminar looking specifically at the risks to firefighters. As a group, firefighters are at an increased risk of serious diseases due to exposure to chemical compounds and particles in fires.

A sector particularly at risk from dangerous substances is the construction sector. In Ireland, a seminar took place looking at ways to reduce the risks when working at height, with vehicles and with dangerous substances in general. Advice was focused on controlling risks through pre-planning activities and by adopting safer working practices.

See you next year!

The European Week may have drawn to a close but the campaign continues into 2019! There’s plenty of time to get involved and to organise many more campaign-related activities. And don’t forget to promote them on social media using the campaign hashtag #EUhealthyworkplaces.

We hope that this year’s activities have inspired you and we look forward to seeing you again during next year’s European Week festivities. In the meantime, you can follow the campaign on the website and on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.