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20/09/2018

Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards - don’t delay, apply today!

The Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards 2018-2019 celebrate outstanding and innovative approaches to managing dangerous substances in the workplace. It’s a great way to get involved in the campaign and gain recognition for your company’s achievements. So don’t delay, apply today!

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Who can participate?

The competition is open to all interested organisations and individuals across Europe, and also to intermediaries such as social partners, safety and health practitioners and professionals, and advisers on occupational safety and health (OSH) at the workplace level. Entries are still open in most countries so if you are interested in taking part you can download the Good Practice Awards flyer, available in many languages, for further details.

Entries should demonstrate a comprehensive approach to OSH management and real improvements in the use and handling of dangerous substances that ensure safe and healthy working conditions. As with previous winners, entries should be examples that have led to reduced risks and that prioritise collective measures over interventions focusing on individuals. Winning examples should also demonstrate effective worker participation, sustainability and transferability to other workplaces.

Get inspired

This is the 14th edition of the competition so there are already plenty of good practice award winners to gain inspiration from. Why not look at last year’s winning and commended examples to get a better idea of the kind of actions that might be considered for a Good Practice Award. Or you can visit the case studies section of the campaign website which provides more interesting examples, such as that of Kiilto OY, an adhesive manufacturing company from Finland.

Thanks to several strategies, Kiilto OY has managed to control the exposure to chemicals in the workplace through technical solutions like ventilation to remove chemicals in the air; a rigorous selection process to ensure they use the least dangerous chemicals; providing training and clear recommendations for all workers; and regularly monitoring exposure levels to ensure that conditions have not changed.

The clock is ticking!

So if you want to spread the word of your company’s good practices in dealing with dangerous substances, now is your opportunity. You can enter by downloading and completing the application form (in your language) and should you have any questions your local EU-OSHA focal point can help.

All entries are first judged at national level, and a selection of examples are then nominated for the pan-European competition. If successful, your company will be awarded at a ceremony in November 2019 and promoted in the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards booklet, on social media and in campaign news articles and newsletters.

You can find out more about the Awards on the campaign website and don’t forget to check the submission deadlines below. You can also follow the campaign on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter (#EUhealthyworkplaces).

Pending submission deadlines

For some countries the deadline for submissions is passed. The remaining deadlines are listed below.

2018

Ireland 26/09; Malta 28/09; Estonia, Iceland 01/10; Bulgaria 30/10; Croatia, United Kingdom 31/10; France 01/11; Sweden, Luxembourg-DE 15/11; Romania 30/11; Slovakia 10/12 ; Belgium, Netherlands 14/12 ; Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Portugal 15/12

2019

Spain 11/01; Italy 15/01; Finland 18/01; Poland 22/01; Luxembourg-FR 30/01; Lithuania 15/02