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1 Management Leadership in Occupational Safety and Health 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 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 estimate) 490 billion cost to the EU economy

3 3 Scale of the problem Most occupational accidents and illnesses are preventable 1999–2007 the EU15 improved workplace safety (fatalities down from 5,275 to 3,782 and non-fatal accidents down by 900,000) 2007–2012 Community strategy targets a further 25% reduction This campaign aims to build on this success BUT We need to continue making prevention efforts, because hard-won gains can easily be lost if we relax

4 4 Benefits of good safety and health Reduced risks and costs less sick leave and staff turnover fewer accidents lower insurance costs Rise in productivity Reduced threat of legal action Better reputation among customers, suppliers and investors

5 5 Prevention is better than cure Prevention is the cornerstone of Europes approach to managing risks Reduced risks Evaluating risks Combating risks at source Giving appropriate instructions to workers Adapting workplace design and equipment to workers Adapting to technical progress Putting in place a coherent overall prevention policy Prioritising protective measures for the whole workforce over those for individuals

6 6 The role of the management Underlying management for enhancing safety and health Effective and strong leadership Active worker involvement Ongoing assessment and review Leadership goes hand in hand with participation Without good leadership, participation will not succeed Management is responsible for the prerequisite to establish partnership and participation

7 7 First management principle: Leadership and safety and health (1) Effective and strong leadership in safety and health is vital. This means that management: Commits itself to OSH as a core value of the organisation Has an accurate picture of the organisations risk profile Leads by example and demonstrates integrity Clearly defines and monitors roles and responsibilities Prioritises OSH in the companys sustainability strategy and throughout the supply chain

8 8 Leadership and safety and health (2) Practical examples of OSH leadership include: Visiting workstations to consult staff about health and safety (workers may not only identify problems but may provide solutions too) Taking personal responsibility and showing that you care Leading by example Making available, as far as possible, money and time

9 9 Good practice example (1) Oil refinery, Belgium The Total oil refinery in Antwerp brought in the contractors SPIE Belgium This resulted in a clash of business and safety cultures that had to be sorted out The companies resolved key organisational differences and then focused on employee behaviour on the shop floor Corporate cultures were aligned by means of intense, though largely informal, consultation

10 10 Good practice example (2) The improvement resulted in zero accidents once Total and SPIE had agreed on best practices Success factors Participation and skill of senior management Open communication Active involvement of employees

11 11 Second management principle: Active worker involvement (1) The employer is responsible for managing work-related risks, but EU law says that employers must consult their workers about health and safety Some employers go beyond this legal obligation to create a real two- way communication process in which workers take part in health and safety decision-making

12 12 Active worker involvement (2) This creates a culture where relationships between employers and workers are based on collaboration, trust and joint problem-solving BUT Direct worker participation should not be seen as an alternative to a system of workers representatives They can both be used effectively, in line with national frameworks and the specific characteristics of the workplace

13 13 Active worker involvement (3) Employee input is especially valuable during: Risk analysis Developing policies and interventions Providing pertinent observations during training and implementation

14 14 Active worker involvement (4) Benefits of active worker involvement include: Lower accident rates Cost-effective solutions A happier and more productive workforce Greater awareness and control of workplace risks

15 15 Third management principle: Ongoing assessment and review (1) Monitoring and reporting are vital tools for enhancing workplace safety and health They can provide the company board with specific (e.g. incident-led) and routine reports on OSH performance This can be useful in raising issues, highlighting problems and ultimately enhancing safety and health

16 16 Third management principle: Ongoing assessment and review (2) A good assessment and review system should include: Procedures to report major health and safety failures to board members and company owners as soon as possible Systems to capture and report data such as accident and sickness rates Arrangements to incorporate worker views and experiences We help create safer and healthier workplaces for everyones benefit – but we cannot do this by ourselves

17 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 17 Network-based campaigning

18 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 18 How to get involved?

19 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 19 Campaign partnership offer

20 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 20 European Good Practice Awards

21 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 21 Resources

22 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 Key dates

23 Visit the campaign website To find out about events and activities in your country, contact your national focal point 23 Further information


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