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From 17 – 20 October EU-OSHA actively participated in the 35th A+A International Congress and Trade Fair on safety, security and health at work. Sessions covered:
The economic case for safety and health at work has never been clearer. New estimates from the project on the costs and benefits of OSH indicate that work-related injuries and illnesses cost the EU around €476 billion each year. The cost of work-related cancer alone amounts to €119.5 billion.
Alert and sentinel systems allow the detection of new or emerging work-related diseases and are useful to complement the official figures of occupational diseases. Literature about the limited number of alert and sentinel approaches in place has been reviewed by EU-OSHA to weigh up their benefits.
They can help target workplace interventions and prevention.
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.
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.