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1 Working together for risk prevention Healthy Workplaces Campaign Name and title of speaker Date | Event title Safety and health at work is everyones concern. Its good for you. Its good for business.

2 2 Scale of the problem Why is safety and health important? Good for business, workers and for society as a whole Significant improvements across the EU in recent decades, but … Every year more than 5,500 people lose their lives due to workplace accidents 159,000 die as a result of work-related illnesses (ILO estimates) 490 billion cost to the EU economy

3 3 Benefits of good safety and health Reduced risks and costs Lower employee absence and turnover rates Fewer accidents Lower accident insurance costs Productivity increases Threat of legal action is lessened Better reputation among customers, suppliers and investors

4 4 Prevention is better than cure Prevention is the cornerstone of Europes approach to managing risks. Prevention is about managing work-related risks with the ultimate aim of eliminating and reducing the number of work-related accidents and occupational illnesses.

5 5 What does prevention mean in practice? Managers and workers working together to prevent risks Managers and employers have primary responsibility However….. active worker participation is vital for success

6 6 Basic principles of risk prevention Avoid risks Evaluate risks that cannot be avoided Combat them at source Adapt work to the individual Adapt to technical progress Replace the dangerous by the non- or the less dangerous Develop a coherent overall prevention policy Prioritise collective protective measures over individual ones Give appropriate instructions to workers

7 7 Strategic aims of the campaign Promotion of core message that workers and managers must work together Giving clear guidance to employers to manage specific work-related risks Provision of practical guidance to promote a risk prevention culture Laying the foundations for a more sustainable risk prevention culture in Europe

8 8 Management taking the lead It is the legal and moral duty of management to take the lead on workplace safety and health. In practice this means: Visible and active commitment by management Engaging with the workforce and their representatives Effective downward and crossways communication Using risk assessment to guide decisions Integration of good health and safety management throughout an organisation Promotion of these ideas throughout entire supply chain Monitoring, reporting and reviewing health and safety performance

9 9 Worker participation Worker participation is vital. Benefits include: Lower accident rates Cost-effective solutions A happier and more productive workforce (lower absence rates) Greater awareness and control of workplace risks

10 10 Consulting on safety and health Employers have a duty to consult workers/worker representatives on health and safety. This means in practice: Effective and open dialogue Joint problem solving and decision making Listening and acting on what is said Participation in spotting hazards, assessing risks and devising solutions Participation in implementing solutions and promoting safe working conditions Workers fully cooperating with employers Putting in place arrangements so these can happen in practice

11 11 About the campaign How the Healthy Workplaces Campaign works We help create safer and healthier workplaces for everyones benefit But we cannot do this by ourselves We need you to help foster and promote workplace safety and health

12 12 Network-based campaigning Core strength: national focal points and tripartite networks. But also … engage other stakeholders/partners Official campaign partners (Pan-European and international organisations) including social partners, NGOs, sectoral federations and networks, private companies EU institutions including European Commission, EU Parliament, EU representations, EU agencies, Enterprise Europe Network

13 13 How to get involved? The campaign is open to all individuals and organisations. You can get involved by: Disseminating campaign information and materials Joining in with one of the many events, conferences, competitions, advertising campaigns – taking place during the campaign Organising your own activities

14 14 Campaign partnership offer Pan-European organisations can also apply to be campaign partners. The Agency offers: Partner certificate Welcome pack Promotion at EU level and in the media Online Communication Platform Partner web section

15 15 European Good Practice Awards Recognise outstanding and innovative contributions Encourage managers and workers to work together Enhance workplace safety and health EU Member States, EEA, Western Balkans and Turkey Two categories: Workplaces employing fewer than 100 people Those with 100 or more workers Winners chosen from entries submitted by national focal points

16 16 Resources Campaign guide Practical guides for workers and managers Good practice examples News about campaign events Presentations and animated video clips All available in 24 languages

17 17 Key dates Campaign launch: 18 April 2012 European Weeks for Safety and Health at Work: October 2012 and 2013 Good Practice Awards Ceremony: April 2013 Healthy Workplaces Summit: November 2013

18 18 Further information Visit the campaign website To find out about events and activities in your country, contact your national focal point

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