World’s largest occupational safety and health campaign closes following a record level of involvement
Sheila Pantry OBE
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has brought its campaign on ‘Working together for risk prevention’ to a close at a major conference held in Bilbao on 11 and 12 November 2013.
The two-day Healthy Workplaces Summit brought together leading occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals for networking and discussion, enabling the exchange of good practice and the development of future strategies.
Dr Christa Sedlatschek, Director of EU-OSHA, said: ‘The Healthy Workplaces campaigns have proven once again to be one of the most successful and effective ways of promoting good OSH at a grass-roots level. We are delighted that so many companies and organisations across Europe took part in this risk prevention campaign – they all understand and appreciate the huge contribution that OSH can make to improving working conditions.’
Representatives of the European Commission attended, together with representatives from the EU Presidency, EU social partners, and national and local government who have backed the campaign.
Together with EU-OSHA’s Europe-wide network of focal points, a record number of official campaign partners – 87 companies and organisations – took part in the campaign, which has been running since April 2012 and has encouraged employees and managers to work together to manage risks in the workplace.
The winners of the European Good Practice Awards – ten organisations recognised for their outstanding collaboration between workers and managers in risk prevention – were also present, representing sectors such as agriculture, health care and manufacturing.
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