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‘Endless care, innovative life.’ Sofidel hosts good practice exchange event in Italy

On 30-31 May official campaign partner Sofidel held a good practice exchange event at its headquarters in Porcari (Lucca), Italy. A number of campaign partners took part with discussions focusing on what the organisations present are doing to improve health and safety for employees of all ages.


EU-OSHA’s official campaign partners (OCPs) come from a variety of sectors across Europe and include companies and associations in both the public and private sectors. Their input is essential to make sure that the message reaches all kinds of workplaces throughout the EU.

The event kicked off with a tour of Sofidel’s papermill and converting facilities where attendees got a first-hand look at some of the innovations introduced by Sofidel to improve workers’ health and safety.

Tommaso Valente, Human Resources, Organisation & Safety Director of Sofidel, welcomed the campaign partners, giving a presentation of the company and its commitment to the promotion of Health & Safety in the workplaces.

Sofidel is currently rolling out its ‘Advanced Collision Avoidance Solutions project’ which will see intelligent anti-collision devices installed on forklifts at all company sites. The devices work as proximity warning and alert systems which, through auditory and visual alarms, signal the presence and position of pedestrians and/or other equipment operating around the forklifts. This decreases the risk of collision in all cases of poor visibility and in cases of inattention or distraction.

In the afternoon the first sessions began with Dietmar Elsler from EU-OSHA updating the guests on the progress of the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign. He also presented EU-OSHA’s costs and benefits of occupational safety and health project which calculates the costs of work-related injuries and ill-health in Europe for individuals, employers and society as a whole.

The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to a session about a safety management software tool and web application which Sofidel is using to standardise the management of processes related to health and safety at work. The day ended with a presentation on ‘Major Risks and Health & Safety Management’ by OCP, Ideal Standard, who hosted their own good practice exchange event in June last year. Their presentation was an in-depth look at the various aspects of health and safety management, from the importance of understanding human behavior to refining the risk assessment process.

On day 2 the workshops and presentations about human factors in health and safety continued and concluded with one by another OCP, Toyota Material Handling who explained their approach to safety and sustainability, particularly in relation to the operation of forklift trucks.

Good practice exchange events such as these are a great way for organisations to learn from each other’s successes and for them to get together to discuss new ideas and forge closer links. These events help to raise the standard for the quality of occupational safety and health in Europe. OCP SAP SE have already planned a similar event to take place in Walldorf, Germany in September this year.

Before that, OCP FEES (Federation of the European Ergonomic Societies) together with 3 other organisations is coordinating a conference on 26 June on using creativity and worker participation to improve working conditions in Brussels, Belgium.

Don’t forget to check the events page for upcoming conferences, workshops and the like. You can also follow the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, using the hashtag #EUhealthyworkplaces to keep up to date with the latest news and events. You can also subscribe to our campaign newsletter