The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), has launched its new Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign at a press conference in Brussels today.
The 2018/19 campaign will challenge common misconceptions around working with chemical or biological substances, present in 38% of enterprises, according to EU-OSHA’s survey.
Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, commenting at the launch on 24 April said: “EU-OSHA’s campaigns are leading the way in reaching workplaces across Europe and help organisations adopt effective approaches to occupational safety and health management with the necessary tools.”
The new campaign aims to promote techniques for proper management of dangerous substances in workplaces, such as through risk assessment, elimination and substitution. It will do this by disseminating practical tools and case studies and focusing on groups of workers who are particularly at risk.
Dr Christa Sedlatschek, EU-OSHA’s Director, explained: “Many workers are unaware that not only manufactured chemical products that are labelled with risk and safety information can cause harm.
Other commonly used substances across all sectors – from working with flour in bakeries to silica dust on construction sites – can be hazardous if their use is not managed effectively. Therefore, our campaign raises awareness of all types of dangerous substances, not just the obvious ones, and emphasises the importance of risk assessment in all sectors as the first step towards prevention,” she added.
Safety Management is a media partner of Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign.
More information and resources: healthy-workplaces.eu
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