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What can be done to prevent the harmful effects of carcinogens in the workplace, and what are the emerging issues in this area? On 24 - 25 September, the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU is hosting a high-level conference, ‘Fight against Occupational Cancer’ , in Vienna. A range of speakers and participants, including politicians, social partners and experts in the field explore ways of protecting Europe’s workers from exposure to carcinogens at work. EU-OSHA chairs a session that...See more
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...
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...See more
On September 13, 2018, at the headquarters of Bionanopark in Lodz, Poland, a seminar entitled "Instruments to support internationalization and innovation of companies in the initial stage of development" took place. The seminar was organised by...
A team of consultants from the Enterprise Europe Network has implemented the program, covering the following topics: - an international campaign Manage Dangerous Substances Under The Control of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), whose EEN center at the Foundation for Promotion of Entrepreneurship is an ambassador - communication skills as a tool for international cooperation - international matchmaking of partners in the business, technological and scientific fields -...See more
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A key aim of the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign is to help organisations on a practical level by providing them with recommendations, case studies and good practice examples. To give you some inspiration, we look at what 3...
Following our last news article which focused on elimination and substitution, we now turn our attention to some organisational and technological measures that have been implemented in organisations across Europe. If applicable, you can replicate or tailor them to your own workplace. Improved technology to protect workers from dangerous substances Investing in new and cleaner technology is one option that can greatly reduce risks to workers’ health, especially for those in at-risk sectors such...See more
As part of the 2018-2019 Healthy Workplaces Campaign , EU-OSHA has published two infosheets, each available in several languages. ‘Legislative framework on dangerous substances in workplaces’ offers a clear, practical summary of the relevant EU law in this area. ‘Substitution of dangerous substances in the workplace’ sets out information about removing the risks posed by certain dangerous substances altogether. This is often the best possible solution. Visit the Healthy Workplaces Manage...See more
When you want to control and reduce the risks posed by dangerous substances in the workplace, the most efficient and effective way is through elimination or substitution. This is at the top of a hierarchy of prevention measures set out by EU law...
Reducing the risks posed by dangerous substances benefits everyone. Workers will enjoy improved safety and health; while employers will find it easier to comply with legislation, and benefit from reduced costs due to less workplace absence and an enhanced reputation for their organisation. The cleaning company ISS introduced a multifaceted approach to reduce the exposure of its workers in Sweden to chemicals during cleaning activities. They eliminated the use of chemicals when cleaning by using...See more
Our beloved occupational safety and health (OSH) hero Napo is back! This time with a film on the dangers of dust at work. Learn, share and laugh along to his latest adventure highlighting the importance of controlling exposure to dust to avoid ill...
Dust can be a problem in almost any industry – even bakers and cooks can develop severe breathing problems from working with flour. Many work activities can create dust, such as weighing loose powders; milling, grinding or sanding; feeding livestock; cleaning and maintenance work; and construction-related activities. The harmful effects of dust can vary, from skin irritation to lung cancer, depending on the composition of the dust and the type and degree of exposure. Luckily Napo is here to...See more
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EU-OSHA is now accepting applications for the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards 2018-19. If you are making real and sustainable improvements to occupational safety and health (OSH) by managing dangerous substances , we want to know about it. The jury will be looking for real-life examples of innovative and effective OSH management and evidence of transferability to other workplaces. Entries will first be judged at national level by the focal points in a tripartite evaluation. Shortlisted...See more
EFNMS participated in the Greek Focal Point's event on the Campaign in Lavrion, Attica on July 9th, represented by the H&S Committee Chairman Dr George Scroubelos.
On July 9th, 2018 the second event for promoting the EU-OSHA's Campaign on Managing Hazardous Subsances was held in Lavrion, Attica, Greece, attended by the local Authorities and professionals, organized by the Greek Focal point (The Ministry of Labour). The event was supported by EU-OSHA. EFNMS H&S Committee Chairman attended the event and agreed with the Greek Focal Point representatives to co-organize the next event on November 2nd or 9th to be held in the Maroussi Telecommunications...See more
In the framework of actions to promote the Campaign objective to as many professionals as possible, EFNMS's H&S Committe Chairman published the basic Campaign Guide material in the professional magazine that addresses the maintenance...
The EFNMS H&S Committee has committed in actively participating to the promotion of the new EU-OSHA Campaign on Managing Dangerous Substances. In this framework one of the target groups is the the maintenance professionals of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems. In Greece, this professional group issues its own magazine. This seemed a great opportunity to inform the HVAC professionals for the Campaign since they are a high risk target group; these maintenance technicians...See more