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European Week for Safety and Health at Work 2006
Safe Start: 23rd - 27th October 2006

July 2006

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work 2006 campaign slogan is 'Safe Start' and is dedicated to the occupational safety and health (OSH) of young people to ensure a safe and healthy start to their working lives. The Agency's web pages contain helpful information for young people, employers, parents and supervisors of young people.

European Week 2006 will run from 23rd - 27th October.

The Safe Start campaign is backed by all Member States, candidate and EFTA countries, the Austria and Finland European Union (EU) Presidencies, the European Parliament and the European Commission, and by the European Social Partners.

European Week campaigns focus on promoting improved prevention at the workplace level by involving all the relevant stakeholders. In 2006, the campaign will also promote activities in schools, colleges and the wider education community, and promote the issue among the relevant policy makers in the education field. The Agency has already carried out several projects on the 'mainstreaming of OSH into education' and the campaign will draw on these resources.

The Safe Start campaign has two distinct elements:

In the workplace:

In the education community:

There is a need for "awareness raising" and education from an early stage - risk education and the prevention culture are the key factors for maintaining and improving the quality of work. This includes mainstreaming OSH into activities on youth employment and workplace training and development; and into education in schools, colleges and vocational training. Pre-work health and safety education and training are part of preparing young people for work, and part of the life-long learning agenda.

For more information go to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work website where you can find out more about the week, European Good Practice Awards 2006, ideas, slogans etc http://ew2006.osha.europa.eu/about

UK efforts

For this year's UK campaign the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is working in partnership with the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH), Trades Union Congress (TUC), Learning and Skills Council (LSC), and EEF, the Manufacturers' Organisation.

The purpose of this partnership is to raise awareness on occupational safety and health of young people through the distribution of Action Packs; providing links to key stakeholders' webpages (for example, IOSH's Wiseup2work website www.wiseup2work.co.uk is an interactive online resource for teachers, youth workers, supervisors and employers to use to prepare young people for work. It is sponsored by the Learning and Skills Council and supported by the British Chambers of Commerce and the National Youth Agency. There are other good examples that are specifically aimed at young people and the LSC's good practice safelearner website); the joint production of guidance and the Basic Hazard Awareness Course; and events and competitions.

For European Week itself, you may like to organise your own activities and events to raise awareness of the issues. www.hse.gov.uk/campaigns

Perhaps all countries around the world can use this topic for publicity in their countries?