Celebrate European Week for Safety and Health at Work in your workplace
Sheila Pantry OBE
This year's European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which will focus on construction, is designed to help all stakeholders in the industry realise this potential and build a safer, healthier and more productive working environment.
Run by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, which is funded by the European Union (EU), the campaign will incorporate a range of activities to raise awareness of both the key problems and the solutions. The 'Building in Safety' campaign, which will culminate in the annual European Week for Safety and Health at Work (18-22 October 2004), will highlight the health and safety risks in Europe's construction industry, as well as the solutions, in more than 30 countries throughout the continent, making it the largest ever campaign of its kind.
Go to the Agency's web site to see the range of activities across Europe. The web site also provides information on how to improve safety and health standards, including good practice examples and related links. https://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/european-week-safety-and-health-work
Even if you do not work in the construction industry you can look at other ways of drawing attention to working towards higher safety and health standards in your company or organisation. Good health and safety is good business!
'And if you think safety is expensive, try having an accident ...' is the title of a seminar that takes place in the UK on 13 October 2004 and has been organised by the IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) Midland Branch's North District (see Diary of Events for details).
Mid September 2004 brought together in Brussels, the International Labour Office Health and Safety Information Network, for their annual meeting, workshops and visits to the Trade Union Technical Bureau and the European Union Parliament. It is clear from the exchanges of information exchanges from the network representatives that whilst much has been achieved in all our countries over the years, there is still much to be done. Dr Jukka Takala, ILO Worksafe informed of the growing numbers of fatalities, accidents and long-term ill health problems. The ever widening gap of those with quick and easy access to occupational health and safety information and solutions and the many countries, particularly those in Africa who do not enjoy such advantages was very apparent. Just the basic information would be a joy to have for these countries.
Having said that many industrialized countries still have a long way to go.... hence the need to have events such as World Health and Safety Day - 28 April and events such as those taking place in Europe and elsewhere in October.
For other events around the World click onto the Diary of Events and you will see plans have been made already worldwide up to, and including 2006 to have training courses, symposiums and conferences in many places in the world on a wide range of subjects. OSHWORLD is always pleased to receive news of your seminars, conferences and training courses.
Don't forget that on 10 and 11 November 2004 there will be a major conference EUROHSE 2004 held in London. Already bookings have been made. So do not wait until it is too late to get into this important event. The 2003 conference was deemed to be a great success by those attending. On 9 November 2004 the Food Safety in Europe 2004 conference will be held.
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