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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
The EU has put in place a host of legal provisions to protect workers from the harmful effects of dangerous substances. But how does it work in practice? And how do you ensure that everything is in place to protect the workers in your company?
Do you know which chemicals or dangerous substances are present in your workplace? EU OSH legislation aims to cover all dangerous substances found in workplaces. Employers must check and register all chemicals and dangerous substances present in their workplaces. These can be: Chemical substances or products that are purchased from suppliers. For these substances safety data sheets must be provided by the supplier. Dangerous substances generated by work processes, such as diesel engine exhaust...See more
The International Conference, held over 3 days in Slovakia, featured presentations and good practice examples, notably in relation to the construction and automotive sectors. The focus was on prevention strategies and securing a future for all...
Organised by, among others, EU-OSHA’s official campaign partner ISHCCO – International Safety & Health , the conference included a presentation by Dr Dietmar Elsler from EU-OSHA on the Manage Dangerous Substances Campaign 2018-19, and the costs of work-related accidents and diseases in the EU. Dr Elsler informed participants that the estimated cost of work-related accidents and diseases in the EU is €476 billion, or 3.3% of EU28 GDP each year. Work-related injury and illness also accounts...See more
EU-OSHA is delighted to count again on such a high number of official campaign and media partners to join its 2018-19 campaign — Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances. Their commitment to promoting the proactive management of dangerous substances at European workplaces will be a major building block for the success of the campaign, as it will provide plenty of networking and exchange of workplace good practice opportunities. See the official campaign partners See the campaign media...See more
Awareness of the risks of dangerous substances and ways to tackle them is still low in the EU. And some employers and workers wrongly believe that tackling harmful exposure is not relevant to their enterprises. EU-OSHA’s new e-tool helps employers...
Based on the successful, nationally-implemented tool developed by Swedish social partner organisation PREVENT , the e-tool is an interactive web-based guide tailored to employers’ needs. It offers practical information on risks, labelling, legislation, prevention measures and much more. How does it work? You can choose to respond to a short (7 questions) or long (36 questions) questionnaire about your current practices in relation to dangerous substances. Based on your input you receive...See more