European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is hosting a series of events and free resources this week for European Week for Safety and Health at Work, with its dangerous substances campaign taking centre stage.
Exposure to dangerous substances ends in tragedy each year for thousands of workers in the UK and in Europe. 80,000 people die from work-related cancer in the EU and in the UK, every year 8,000 people die because of exposure to carcinogens at work.
New research from EU-OSHA indicates employees do not have confidence their firms are providing effective protection, with many workers seriously worried about the risks of exposure.
Nearly 65 per cent of 28,000 workers surveyed in 28 countries for its Eurobarometer study, said they are worried about being exposed to hazardous chemicals.
Christa Sedlatschek, EU-OSHA’s Executive Director, commented: “This is where EU-OSHA’s dangerous substances e-tool can help. Free to use, it provides employers with the advice and support they need to effectively manage dangerous substances in the workplace.”
Events take place throughout the week from 21 to 25 October in countries across Europe. In the UK on Wednesday 23 October, head of campaigns, Matthew Holder, will present on British Safety Council’s Time to Breathe campaign, focusing on reducing outdoor workers’ exposure to air pollution.
He joins speakers at the event, which is jointly presented with Bradford Area Occupational Health and Safety Forum (BAOHSF), who will delve into issues including asbestos, 3D printers and chemicals in the cleaning industry.
Safety Management is a media partner of EU-OSHA’s manage dangerous substances campaign.
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