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05/01/2017

Looking back on a successful start and eventful first year of the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign!

As the first year of EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign has just come to a close, we look back on some of the hundreds of events and activities that made 2016 a success.

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Thanks to efforts of national focal points, 100 official campaign partners (OCPs) and over 30 media partners, the campaign has shined a light on why healthy and sustainable workplaces are vital for workers of all ages. But it’s not over yet! Keep a look out for all the exciting events planned for 2017 which will build on this year’s achievements.

The Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign was inspired by the insights gained during an EU-OSHA led pilot project entitled ‘Safer and healthier at work at any age’. The project resulted in a number of interesting findings on occupational safety and health and ageing, rehabilitation, and on policies, programmes and strategies designed to address ageing in the workforce. A launch event in April got the campaign underway.

One of this year’s biggest highlights was October’s highly popular European Week for Safety and Health at Work. Conferences, seminars, training sessions, Twitter chat, and even a television appearance helped get campaign messages out across Europe.

The following month saw the documentary ‘To be a Teacher’ crowned the winner of this year’s Healthy Workplaces Film Award. The German-made documentary delivers a serious message about the challenging working conditions of teachers and the future of young workers, balanced with good humor and intense drama.

EU-OSHA’s official campaign partners have also been very busy. Ideal Standard and Lego both held good practice exchange events, an ideal forum for organisations to learn from each other’s successes and come together to discuss new ideas.

Much of the campaign’s achievements, and future progress, is dependent on the extensive work of EU-OSHA’s OCPs and media partners. ‘IOSH’, for example, created a dedicated webpage where they share materials and resources like their guide on occupational health management in the workplace. They also organise regional events where people can find out more about the campaign.

Media partners also play a vital role in organising activities and promoting the campaign online. There have already been over 750 online media mentions since the start of the campaign! The campaign website and multilingual e-guide have also seen lots of traffic, registering 138,244 and 47,510 visits respectively.

EU-OSHA’s media partner Safety Focus in Italy has also organised regional events across various sectors to spread the campaign’s message. Meanwhile, PPE.ORG have been engaging with people through a Twitter Q&A which promoted the e-guide on managing safety and health at work for an ageing workforce.

Look out in the first half of next year for a joint report by EU agencies, including EU-OSHA, CEDEFOP, EIGE and Eurofound. The report shows how achieving sustainable work depends on a range on interacting factors from different policy areas. Each agency is contributing one chapter on a different aspect of demographic change and its implications on employment, working conditions and workers´ health and education.

On 26 April 2017 the Good Practice Awards come to Malta. Organisations highlighted as shining examples for actively managing safety and health at work in the context of an ageing workforce, will receive awards recognising their outstanding and innovative contributions. A two-day tripartite conference on safeguarding vulnerable groups will follow the ceremony.

This year has been a great success for the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign, and it is vital to keep up the momentum into next year. We want to make sure that the message of the importance of healthy workplaces for all ages gets out to as many people as possible. We hope the exciting events planned for 2017 will get lots more people interested and involved.

If you want to see what’s coming up remember to check the campaign’s event page. You can also get the latest information by following us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, using the hashtag #EUhealthyworkplaces to keep up to date with the latest news events. You can also subscribe to our campaign newsletter

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