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Eu osha strategy ohs 2002 2006

  1. 1. “Strengthening the prevention culture” Hans-Horst Konkolewsky Director European Agency for Safety and Health at Work Community Strategy on health and safety at work 2002-2006 Adapting to change in work and society
  2. 2. • Prevention culture: Proactive and knowledge-based approach • Common set of rules and values: a European work and production culture • A lifelong process: from early childhood throughout work-life • Integrated in Community policies and actions (social & employment, enterprise, research, health etc.) A European prevention culture
  3. 3. • Education - learning about OSH • Awareness raising - campaigns • Anticipating new and emerging risks - “Risk Observatory” • Other themes including enforcement and guidance, CSR and mainstreaming New strategy: Consolidating the prevention culture
  4. 4. Education activities - Main conclusions of Education seminar (1) • Integration of OSH in education and training an emerging issue in all EU-Member States • Closer collaboration needed between education and employment ministries • OSH has to be integrated into the curricula • The profile of OSH training and education should be raised in EU and national funding schemes for Education and Training such as the ESF and Leonardo • Increased sharing of good practice and experiences
  5. 5. Education activities - Main conclusions of Education seminar (2) • Definition of core OSH competencies for teachers and pupils - transferability of diplomas • OSH professionals need to work in partnership with education professionals • Teachers and trainers need to be trained as well in “world of work” experiences • Awareness should also be raised on OSH risks in the “classroom” • Agency network to play a key role
  6. 6. Awareness raising activities (1) • Increase campaigns and awareness activities - e.g. European Week for Safety and Health at Work • Develop specific measures for SMEs and very small businesses, e.g. multiannual scheme • Strategic alliances with other Community action, e.g. European Year of the Disabled 2003 • Improve risk communication and exchange of good practice via the web and other media • Develop synergies with prevention culture: a safe, healthy and productive work culture
  7. 7. Awareness raising activities (2) - integration of CCs into Agency networks and designing specific tools • Establishment of Candidate Countries Agency Focal Points, national information networks and national Agency web-sites (2002) • Full participation in European Weeks (2002-3) • From 2003 on - Devising working tools geared to specific situation e.g. via a Topic Centre for the Candidate Countries to transfer and adapt knowledge about good practice and research • Develop specific awareness campaigns
  8. 8. Anticipating new and emerging risks via “Risk Observatory” • Development of an information system for research information on new and emerging risks initiated 2002 by the Agency and its Research Topic Centre • Establishment of a special expert network on new and emerging risks • Develop an information system on good practice re new risks collected from firms, specific branches of activity etc. • Organising special web-feature, publications, events
  9. 9. Other Community strategy themes as part of the prevention culture • Mainstreaming OSH into other policy areas • CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) • Promoting a prevention culture at company level (incl. enforcement and guidance) • International co-operation
  10. 10. Mainstreaming OSH into other policy areas • Public contracts – OSH and procurement • Sector-based mainstreaming: - Transport - Fisheries - Agriculture - Health care • Policy-based mainstreaming: - Public health - Environment / Chemicals
  11. 11. OSH and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) • Voluntary certification and labelling initiatives, recognition/good practice schemes • Procurement, outsourcing and subcontracting • Voluntary Reporting and auditing schemes • Socially responsible investment • HRM - (Re-)integration of ageing or disabled workers
  12. 12. Promotion of prevention culture at company level • National or regional level - Effective enforcement and guidance activities • Sector level - campaigns in high risk sectors like construction, fisheries, agriculture, health care… • Preventive services - assist in the development of knowledge, values and tools • Company level - campaigns and action proven to be most effective • Staff/management training - important tool to influence preventive culture
  13. 13. International co-operation on prevention culture • Development of a global approach for information exchange to promote OSH • Exchange information and develop joint awareness raising campaigns on OSH with international organisations like ILO, WHO as well as other partners • Co-operate globally to promote preventive OSH-culture in developing countries

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