European Health and Safety Week

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Maintenance work can be hazardous. Although it is estimated that

European Health and Safety Week takes place in October each year and is designed to raise awareness of health and safety.

The European Agency for Safety and Health describes the week as: "Aimed at people in organisations, companies and workplaces of all sizes and sectors. Everybody involved in occupational safety and health matters is invited to take part, especially safety and health institutions and occupational insurance organisations, trade unions and employers' organisations, companies, managers, employees and safety representatives."

Health and Safety Week 2014 will take place in the third week of October.(Monday 20 - Sunday 26 October). Make sure you put this date in your diary now! The theme is workplace stress and the TUC has produced  guidance on how to deal with it. 

The theme for the European Health and Safety campaign will be announced shortly. The week is run by the European Agency for Safety and Health who have published a site full of news, materials and activities. In the UK the week is being coordinated by the Health and Safety Executive.

The TUC will be undertaking a number of initiatives during the week.

The Wednesday of European Health and Safety Week (22nd October) is traditionally National Inspection Day when all safety representatives are encouraged to inspect their workplace.

Links
European Agency for Safety and health
Risk Assessment - A Safety Representatives Guide


Maintenance work can be hazardous. Although it is estimated that 6% of the working population are involved in maintenance work (not always all the time), it is estimated that, throughout Europe, between 15 and 20% of injuries at work happen during maintenance work.
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