The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has been running a campaign during 2018-2019 to help raise awareness of dangerous substances in the workplace and promote ways to manage them. The two-year campaign, which was supported by the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), came to an end at EU-OSHA’s 2019 Healthy Workplaces Summit which took place on 12-13 November 2019. European occupational safety and health stakeholders, campaign partners and media partners gathered to reflect on lessons learned and share good practice for managing dangerous substances in the workplace.
During the campaign, EU-OSHA developed a range of campaign materials, including a database of practical tools and guidance, and a broad variety of approaches to managing dangerous substance effectively. Its interactive e-tool helps businesses to perform risk assessments on their use of dangerous substances and provides tailored advice on good practice and how to apply effective measures in the workplace.
The summit concluded with EU-OSHA sharing details of their 2020-22 ‘Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load’ campaign, which will aim to raise awareness of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and promote their management and prevention. This new campaign, which will launch in October 2020, will cover several priority areas including an ergonomic work environment, early intervention of MSDs, staying physically active, and how MSDs can be influenced by psychosocial risks.
Source: IOSH, 22 November 2019