Two comprehensive sectoral good practice guides on occupational safety and health are now available for download in over 20 languages. Published by the European Commission, they cover agriculture, livestock farming, horticulture and forestry; and small fishing vessels (which make up 80 % of the EU’s fishing fleet). Packed with examples of good practices for risk prevention, real-life case studies and practical resources, they are excellent guides to keeping workers in these sectors safe from harm. The guides are a user-friendly reference with glossaries, illustrations and charts.
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The objectives of the campaign are:
- To raise awareness of the importance of preventing risks from dangerous substances, helping to dispel common misunderstandings.
- To promote risk assessment by providing information on practical tools and creating opportunities to share good practices, focusing specifically on:
- eliminating or substituting dangerous substances in the workplace
- the hierarchy of prevention measures (i.e. following the hierarchy outlined in legislation so that the most effective type of measure is always selected).
- To heighten awareness of risks linked to exposures to carcinogens at work by supporting the exchange of good practices; EU-OSHA is a signatory to the covenant committing to the EU Carcinogens Roadmap.
- To target groups of workers with specific needs and higher levels of risks by providing tailored information as well as examples of good practices. These groups include:
- migrant workers
- young people
- workers at increased risk because of the sector or job they work in
- temporary workers and workers in the informal economy.
- To increase knowledge of the legislative framework that is already in place to protect workers, as well as highlighting policy developments.
What do roofers, metalworkers, parquet workers, cooks and electricians in Slovenia have in common? They may now all take advantage of OiRA, the free Online Interactive Risk Assessment which has been successfully tailored for each of these business sectors in Slovenia.
In 2016, 11 new OiRA tools were developed in the country bringing the total number of Slovenian tools to 17.
The Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee (SLIC) together with the Dutch ministry of Labour (labour inspection) have published guidance for National Labour Inspectors on addressing risks to workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) on construction sites.