Working together for risk prevention
Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012-13
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Safety and health at work is everyone’s concern. It’s good for you. It’s good for business.
Scale of the problem
Why is safety and health important?
• Good for business, workers and for society as a whole
• Significant improvements across the EU in recent decades, but …
• Every year more than 5,500 people lose their lives due to workplace
accidents
• 159,000 die as a result of work-related illnesses (ILO estimates)
• € 490 billion cost to the EU economy
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Benefits of good safety and health
• Reduced risks and costs
− Lower employee absence and turnover rates
− Fewer accidents
− Lower accident insurance costs
• Productivity increases
• Threat of legal action is lessened
• Better reputation among customers, suppliers and investors
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Prevention is better than cure
Prevention is the cornerstone of Europe’s approach to managing
risks.
Prevention is about managing work-related risks with the ultimate aim of
eliminating and reducing the number of work-related accidents and
occupational illnesses.
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What does prevention mean in practice?
• Managers and workers working together to prevent risks
• Managers and employers have primary responsibility
• However….. active worker participation is vital for success
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Basic principles of risk prevention
• Avoid risks
• Evaluate risks that cannot be avoided
• Combat them at source
• Adapt work to the individual
• Adapt to technical progress
• Replace the dangerous by the non- or the less dangerous
• Develop a coherent overall prevention policy
• Prioritise collective protective measures over individual ones
• Give appropriate instructions to workers
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Strategic aims of the campaign
• Promotion of core message that workers and managers must work
together
• Giving clear guidance to employers to manage specific work-related
risks
• Provision of practical guidance to promote a risk prevention culture
• Laying the foundations for a more sustainable risk prevention culture in
Europe
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Management taking the lead
It is the legal and moral duty of management to take the lead on
workplace safety and health. In practice this means:
• Visible and active commitment by management
• Engaging with the workforce and their representatives
• Effective ‘downward’ and ‘crossways’ communication
• Using risk assessment to guide decisions
• Integration of good health and safety management throughout an
organisation
• Promotion of these ideas throughout entire supply chain
• Monitoring, reporting and reviewing health and safety performance
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Worker participation
Worker participation is vital. Benefits include:
• Lower accident rates
• Cost-effective solutions
• A happier and more productive workforce (lower absence rates)
• Greater awareness and control of workplace risks
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Consulting on safety and health
Employers have a duty to consult workers/worker representatives
on health and safety. This means in practice:
• Effective and open dialogue
• Joint problem solving and decision making
• Listening and acting on what is said
• Participation in spotting hazards, assessing risks and devising
solutions
• Participation in implementing solutions and promoting safe working
conditions
• Workers fully cooperating with employers
• Putting in place arrangements so these can happen in practice
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About the campaign
How the 2012-13 Healthy Workplaces Campaign works
• We help create safer and healthier workplaces for everyone’s benefit
• But we cannot do this by ourselves
• We need you to help foster and promote workplace safety and health
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Network-based campaigning
Core strength: national focal points and tripartite networks.
But also … engage other stakeholders/partners
• Official campaign partners (Pan-European and international
organisations) including social partners, NGOs, sectoral federations
and networks, private companies
• EU institutions including European Commission, EU Parliament, EU
representations,
EU agencies, Enterprise Europe Network
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How to get involved?
The campaign is open to all individuals and organisations. You can
get involved by:
• Disseminating campaign information and materials
• Joining in with one of the many events, conferences, competitions,
advertising campaigns – taking place during the campaign
• Organising your own activities
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Campaign partnership offer
Pan-European organisations can also apply to be campaign
partners. The Agency offers:
• Partner certificate
• Welcome pack
• Promotion at EU level and in the media
• Online Communication Platform
• Partner web section
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European Good Practice Awards
• Recognise outstanding and innovative contributions
• Encourage managers and workers to work together
• Enhance workplace safety and health
• EU Member States, EEA, Western Balkans and Turkey
• Two categories:
− Workplaces employing fewer than 100 people
− Those with 100 or more workers
• Winners chosen from entries submitted by national focal points
http://osha.europa.eu/en/about/competitions
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Resources
• Campaign guide
• Practical guides for workers and managers
• Good practice examples
• News about campaign events
• Presentations and animated video clips
• All available in 24 languages
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Key dates
• Campaign launch: 18 April 2012
• European Weeks for Safety and Health at Work:
October 2012 and 2013
• Good Practice Awards Ceremony: April 2013
• Healthy Workplaces Summit: November 2013
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Further information
• Visit the campaign website
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• To find out about events and activities in your country, contact your
national focal point
www.healthy-workplaces.eu/fops
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