The 2012–13 Healthy Workplaces Campaign had three key objectives: (1) to raise awareness of the importance of good leadership and worker participation in risk prevention; (2) to provide guidance, support and practical tools for managing workplace risks; and (3) to promote a risk prevention culture in European workplaces.
EU-OSHA’s national focal points, hundreds of national and international organisations and companies, 87 official campaign partners and 21 media partners joined us to make this a very successful campaign.
Why was this campaign so important?
Although there has been good progress in reducing workplace accidents and illnesses, we still have a long way to go. Every 3.5 minutes someone in the EU dies as a result of a work-related accident or disease. Most of these are preventable.
Employers have a legal responsibility to protect the safety and health of workers. Moreover, workplace accidents entail a high cost to the individual, the employer and society as a whole. Clearly, there is a strong ethical and bussiness case for promoting risk prevention.
- Campaign launch, 18 April 2012
- European Weeks for Safety and Health at Work, October 2012 and 2013
- Presentation of the European Good Practice Awards, 29 April 2013
- Healthy Workplaces Summit, 11–12 November 2013
Many smaller workshops, seminars and networking opportunities were also held throughout the campaign. One of the most successful of these was the benchmarking event in Brussels on 5–6 June 2013.