Get involved in European Week for Safety and Health at Work
Hundreds of events will be taking place across Europe to raise awareness of the management of dangerous substances during European Week for Safety and Health at Work from 22 to 26 October 2018.
The week is organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), and this year’s theme will be its 2018-19 campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances’.
The campaign aims to highlight the importance of managing dangerous substances at work to help prevent ill health in Europe.
Cancer, respiratory illnesses and skin diseases are some of the health issues caused by exposure to hazardous substances at work. These include chemicals such as paints, glues and disinfectants; carcinogens including asbestos, diesel engine exhaust emissions and silica dust; and natural materials like grain dust and crude oil.
In Europe, almost 80,000 people die a year from cancer caused by exposure to carcinogens at work.
IOSH is an official partner of EU-OSHA’s ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances’ campaign. Bev Messinger, IOSH Chief Executive, encouraged IOSH members to get involved in European Week and said:
“Reducing exposures to work-related health hazards is a vital part of Work 2022 strategy. It is at the heart of what our 47,000 members advising businesses in EU member states and other countries strive to do every day.
“IOSH is proud to support this EU-OSHA campaign to improve the management of dangerous substances. We have been aligning aspects of our own No Time to Lose campaign activity with that of EU-OSHA so our voice, unified with others, will help to raise awareness, share good practice and improve standards of management.
“I encourage IOSH members to get involved in European Week for Safety and Health at Work to help raise awareness of this significant health issue.”
Get involved in European Week by:
- downloading the EU-OSHA campaign resources and IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign resources to help raise awareness in your organisation
- entering the ‘Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards’, which recognise innovative approaches to the issues associated with managing dangerous substances
- joining an event to hear a presentation on preventing carcinogenic exposure at work.
To find out more, visit www.iosh.co.uk/healthyworkplaces