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Healthy workplaces for all ages – European campaign webinar

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Working lives are getting longer. In many European countries, it is estimated that over-55s will make up more than 30 per cent of the workforce.

Age diversity brings benefits to individuals, workplaces and society, including a broader range of skills and vast experience.

However, longer working lives can result in longer exposure to occupational risks that can cause health damage, some of which don’t manifest for many years. These include exposure to noise, vibration, dust and fumes. This is something that has to be managed over the entire working life.

Good occupational safety and health management can address the challenges of an ageing workforce and ensure older workers remain productive and valued.

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s (EU-OSHA) campaign, ‘Healthy workplaces for all ages’ aim’s to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing throughout people’s working lives, provide information to help manage the occupational safety and health of an aging workforce and facilitate the exchange of information and good practice in this area.

IOSH supports this campaign and is holding a webinar as part of the European Week for Safety and Health at Work (23 to 27 October). The webinar will cover the following:

- the challenges arising from an ageing workforce in Europe
- using a multi-disciplinary approach to manage Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) in the context of an ageing workforce
- implementing a diversity-sensitive risk assessment
- how to adapt the workplace to benefit all ages
- disability prevention, rehabilitation and returning to work
- educating and training workers of all ages
- working together to improve health and well-being at work
- human resources and OSH management
- benefits of improved OSH management for all ages
- free practical resources to help create a healthy workplaces for all ages

Judith McNulty-Green, Technical Information Manager IOSH, who has led on IOSH’s support for the EU-OSHA campaign, will be speaking in this webinar.

Attendees can expect to:
- develop or grow their understanding of the issue of an ageing workforce
- explore the value to the organisation of an age diverse workforce
- consider the place of an OSH professional within the multi-disciplinary approach to managing an ageing workforce
- review the application of risk management to the issue, namely the use of risk assessment
- identify a range of resources to support practitioners in engaging in the area of a healthy workplace for all ages

The webinar is free to attend.

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