Europe shouts about health and safety
22 October 2012
Businesses across Europe will be raising
awareness about occupational safety and health during the European
Week for Safety and Health at Work, which begins today (22
Organised annually by the European Agency for Safety and Health
at Work, the theme of the Week this year is based on the Agency’s
2012-13 campaign, ‘Working together for risk prevention’. This
highlights the importance of managers and employees working
together to cut down accidents and ill-health.
Jane White, IOSH research and information services manager, said:
“We’re encouraging members to promote the campaign in their own
organisations during the Week, and tell us about the activities
they’re running. We’ll be broadcasting this information through our
social media channels.
“We’ve already heard some great stories about the good practice of
our members which support the campaign’s key message."
Jane highlighted the work of Hugh Kempton, Senior Health
and Safety Manager at CHEP Europe, who told IOSH about the
harm’ initiative. The scheme has resulted in no time-lost
to injuries by getting workers involved in deciding on practical
Sharon Preston, Director of Safety and Airfield Operations at
London City Airport, introduced a ‘Cake and safety’ day to get
health messages across in a fun and engaging way. The cakes
attracted staff to come along to the event where they got to learn
about relevant health and safety information and talk about any
Nicola Callaghan, Safety, Health and Environment Manager at
Nestlé UK, introduced a ‘Design Stage Risk Assessment’ scheme –
which tackles the risk of injury and ill-health caused by equipment
and processes in the food industry, by working with employees who
operate the system. This process has seen a 75 per cent drop in its
recordable accident frequency rate.
Email us to let us know what
activities are going on in your workplace during European Week, or
if you’d like to share your good practice. We’ll try and cover as
many as possible.
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