Stressed out? Found a solution? Then win a prize!
Sheila Pantry, OBE
Look ahead and start to plan what you are going to do to reduce stress in your workplace. This year's theme for the European Week of Safety and Health is on psychosocial risks at work, especially stress. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work invites nominations for the 2002 Award scheme which will recognise companies or organisations which have made outstanding and innovative contributions to the prevention of psychosocial risks at work, especially work-related stress. See the Agency's web site for more information.
This month's FOCUS article is about the International Labour Office OSH-2001 Guidelines on Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems gives an insight to how it operates and how it should be integrated with other management systems.
OSHWORLD's regular pages are constantly updated, with new events in the Diary of Events which lists training courses, symposiums and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects. Remember that even if you cannot attend these many events, speakers and organisers are often willing to share their knowledge. Look at the details - where possible, I add in the web sites of these events so you can request further information. And do let me know if you are organising any occupational safety, health, and environment events so that I can add them to the Diary.
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Remind everyone to make 2002 a zero accident and incident-free year in your workplace.