Preparing for the Year ahead....
Sheila Pantry, OBE
Many thanks to everyone who has sent messages welcoming OSHWORLD as a portal to quality and authoritative health, safety, environment, chemical and fire information. Many of you will be starting the preparations for your special OSH event in your organisation and country. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work are in the final stages of preparation for the European Safety and Health Week in which all Member States will be participating. The theme will be the prevention of psychosocial risks with a particular emphasis on work related stress.
The campaign slogan is "Working on stress" and as usual the Week will take place in October. Member States are free to choose which specific week, in the UK it will be the week beginning 14-19 October 2002, but as yet no precise dates from other Member States.
This month's FOCUS article on Stress and Mental Health from a health and safety practitioner Steve Walter tells how he suffered from stress and makes the plea for a better understanding of the problem. It is a timely reminder that as work pace quickens we should all learn to look around us constantly and see how others are coping.
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Remind everyone to make 2002 a zero accident and incident-free year in your workplace.