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Topic-based Workshops (2 sessions)
workshops are based on more specific issues
Only very brief summary information is available for
some of these workshops at the time of producing this programme.
Topic workshop title
Chemical Management in
Many indices are confirming severe problems and
shortcomings within smaller enterprises regarding the management of
dangerous chemical substances. This may be due to the specific
characteristics of SMEs, the lack of supportive structures, or the limited
capacity of regulatory inspectors and OHS professionals to reach and
influence the smaller enterprises.
This workshop will
discuss selected examples of
best practice techniques to manage chemical risks in SMEs, applied in
different European countries.
Wriedt (D) & Günther Kittel (A)
of the current move towards reducing regulation in business to allow for
less impact on employers.
does this affect workers’ rights and safety?
Diversity, health and
safety at work – Whose health and safety is it anyway?
workshop will look at
the challenges facing us in
improving health and safety at work for an increasingly diverse workforce
the opportunities that exist for
developing strategic approaches to the treatment of diversity in
occupational health and safety (OSH)
the key principles underpinning
the diversity agenda
strategies and practical steps
that could help take the equality and diversity agenda forward in
workplaces in different parts of Europe
examples of good practice, and
lessons learned from experience in different countries
will be opportunities for group activities, contributions and discussion
of shared experiences. At the end of the workshop there will be time for
action planning. Participants will be able to identify action points for
government, trade unions and employers in the context of their own
national situations as well as for
as a whole.
(ENG) & Gea Breet (NL)
Particles blowing in the wind; Dust thou art, and
unto dust shalt thou return; Raise plenty of dust; Bite the dust; Throw
dust in a persons eyes; Not having a particle of common sense.
Dust and particles are in every language part of a
lot of sayings. Maybe because dust and particles are everywhere.
At the shop floor dust and particles are not a laughing matter.
Millions of workers in industry, agriculture, wood and building
industry and those who work in laboratories are exposed to all kinds of
particles and to dust. Sometimes
there are maximum exposure levels but most of the times it is just dust!
This workshop will share experiences, list problems,
do's and don'ts; discuss possible answers, opportunities and how to
Verhaaff and Johan Huver, (NL)
How do different national labour and safety
inspection regimes work and how effective are they?
Is there an agenda of reduction of enforcement in favour of
self-regulation? Is there an
agenda of reducing the inspectorate levels?
If so, how does this affect worker safety?
Janne Hansen (DK) &
Elsbeth Huber (A)
Mobbing, Bullying and
issues of violence and harassment in the workplace have aroused
considerable interest across
in recent years. There remains a great disparity between awareness and
recognition of the problem in the different European countries. The real
extent of the problem remains unknown, but findings from surveys on
working conditions suggest that the problem affects a substantial part of
the workforce in Member States.
and estimate the impact of the problem at European level
and identification of workplace mobbing, bullying and harassment
and identification of workplace mobbing, bullying and harassment as
Company strategies particularly at multinational level
a network among European workers, TU and experts to:
identify and face the problem, including
action at Governments’ and Commission level
as “help centre” for Workers, Organisations and Groups at European
Indicate struggle strategies against the phenomenon
Indicate strategy for counselling, care and compensation
Graziano Frigeri (I)
Occupational Health Services
Finding a common basis for defending workers' health
In the 'old' EU member states there was a kind of
agreement (together with the framework directive) to make OH services
comparable within the member states. Even where the tasks and types of Professionals working in an OH
service vary a lot, (some focussing on medical examination, some dominated
by unions, main action on the workplace, some focused on sickness absence,
others on prevention, public or private, compulsory/partly compulsory/voluntarily
provided etc.), the overall outcomes are not always the same.
The accession of new member states to the EU
represents a major development. While their specific
needs in OH must be addressed, the structure and functioning of the OH
services in the accession states cannot be assumed to follow models in the
'old' EU. While OH related questions are becoming increasingly complex
the financial and human resources in all EU member states remain limited.
From our various points of view a common strategy across the EU is
necessary from the very beginning.
our workshop we want to share our experiences and to look for a common
basis to defend all our interests. Also
we should face very clearly the historically different circumstances and
developments. Only good
communication at grass-roots level can avoid us being played off one
against the other.
Questions we should touch at least:
professionals a help or hindrance to workers who are off work through ill
health/injury and in their return to work?
Is health promotion
“beating” prevention? Is the responsibility slowly drifting to the
workers themselves? How can we work on this?
Brigitte Schigutt (A) & Simon Pickvance (ENG)
Workplace Health Promotion can mean different
things to different groups of people. How do trade unions, employers,
governments see it? What do we mean by health promotion in the
workplace? The workshop will explore the relationship of workplace
health promotion to occupational health and health and safety and the
importance of collaboration and integration between three disciplines/activities.
We will look at the principles of health promotion, as agreed
internationally and articulated through the World Health Organisation.
Important gaps in the present management of occupational health and safety
will be identified. The process of developing workplace health
promotion programmes will be discussed. We will also look at the
problems people often face in undertaking this work and how they
might be overcome. Delegates will have an opportunity to talk about health
promotion work they are involved in or know about in their own countries
and to hear from others. There will be time to think about the key
hazards/risks/ areas of activity for workplace health promotion, for
example, working hours/work-life balance; mental health/stress; violence
and aggression; alcohol/drugs/smoking….We will also discuss current
political pressures on workplace health promotion and some of the
potential pitfalls, for example workplace health promotion being
used to cover up poor management of basic health and safety. We will
aim to pull together key points and recommendations for participants and
Gerhard Elsigan (A) & Cathy Jenkins (SCO)
Campaigning on asbestos; an introduction based on the Scottish
experience. To be discussed the need for local, national and international campaigning
The experience of local government in Scotland; focussing on the
activities COSLA Asbestos Working Group. This allows for a discussion
on the responsibilities of local, national and regional governments and
the role of enforcement agencies and democratically-elected bodies.
Compensation for asbestos victims; A presentation on UK facilitating a
discussion which aims to compare and contrast support systems in
Tommy Gorman (UK)