The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) today announced the first wave of EU official campaign partners for its 2014–15 Campaign, Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress (#EUmanagestress).
EuroHealthNet, the partnership of organisations, agencies and statutory bodies working to contribute to a healthier Europe by promoting health and health equity between and within European countries, is very pleased to be one of those official partners.
The campaign partners come from a variety of sectors across Europe and encompass employers’ and workers’ federations, technology platforms, non-governmental organisations and multinational companies. They are joined by campaign media partners, committed to communicating the importance of managing work-related stress and psychosocial risks.
Healthy Workplaces campaigns are coordinated in more than 30 countries and are recognised as the biggest occupational safety and health (OSH) campaigns in the world. Stress, the topic of the 2014–15 campaign, is the second most frequently reported work-related health problem in Europe and is believed to be the cause of more than half of all lost working days. The campaign partners are aware of the positive effects that tackling psychosocial risks can have on overall business performance, particularly long-term sustainability and social responsibility, and will lead by example and encourage other organisations to manage stress.
EU-OSHA’s director, Dr Christa Sedlatschek, explained that the diverse range of official campaign partners is crucial to the campaign’s success. ‘These organisations all have one thing in common: they care passionately about managing stress and psychosocial risks. Our official partners are a committed group of European leaders in managing work-related stress and will help spread the campaign’s message that psychosocial risks can be managed in the same practical, systematic way as any other occupational safety and health risk. Their input is essential for coordinating the campaign on the shop floor across sectors and geographies.’
The benefits of being a partner go beyond increased visibility and improved social responsibility profile. Campaign partners can fully engage in networking and learning exchange opportunities, and, for the first time, are eligible to apply for the Good Practice Awards dedicated to official campaign partners.
Official campaign partners can also take a lead on OSH benchmarking initiatives, one of the most attractive activities of the previous campaign. During the campaign, benchmarking workshops will be held around Europe to give partners the opportunity to share good practice. The first workshop will be held in Amsterdam on 2 July 2014, hosted by Heineken, and will address a key topic — Leadership in OSH.
In return, partners are committed to distributing and publicising information about the campaign and promoting it through all possible communication channels. Some may organise events and activities or produce best-practice videos or multimedia DVDs. This year, for example, the European Association of National Productivity Centres is organising a seminar on the relationship between stress and productivity, while trade union CESI plans to adopt a position paper to allow it to lobby European institutions to raise the profile of managing stress in the workplace.
The previous campaign on risk prevention benefited from a final total of 87 official campaign partners, all involved in promoting the campaign’s message through training, coaching, workshops, seminars and conferences. Toyota Material Handling Europe, for example, focused on developing research, training, exchange of ideas and expertise in risk prevention during the campaign.
EU-OSHA encourages all European and multinational organisations to become official campaign partners. They are invited to apply for the second round of the campaign partnership, open until 31 October.
2014–2015 official campaign partners: Acciona Energía; AIRBUS GROUP; Allergan Pharmaceuticals; ArcelorMittal Distribution Solutions SA; Baxter; Behavioural Science Technology International (BSTI); BUSINESSEUROPE; Capital Safety Group; CEOC International; Confédération Européenne des Syndicats Indépendants (CESI); Delphi; Edenred; EDF; Electrocomponents plc; EuroHealthNet; European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology; European Aggregates Association (UEPG); European Association of National Productivity Centres (EANPC); European Association of Paritarian Institutions (AEIP); European Brain Council; European Centre of Employers and Enterprises Providing Public Services (CEEP); European Chemical Transport Association (ECTA); European Cockpit Association; European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC); European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF); European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT); European Federation of National Maintenance Societies; European Industrial Gases Association (AISBL); European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health (ENETOSH); European Network for Workplace Health Promotion; European Operating Room Nurses Association (EORNA); European Safety Federation; European Solvents Industry Group (ESIG); European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety; European Trade Union Committee for Education (CSEE-ETUCE); European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC); European Transport Safety Council; European Transport Workers’ Federation; European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-VRi); European Work Hazards Network (EWHN); FCC Citizen Services; Federación Iberoamericana de Asociaciones de Psicología (FIAP); Federation of European Ergonomic Societies (FEES); Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA); Federation of Occupational Health Nurses within the European Union (FOHNEU); Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica; General Electric; Heineken International; HEWLETT-PACKARD; Iberdrola; Ideal Standard International; INDUSTRIALL; Intel International BV; International Federation of Musicians; International Institute of Risk and Safety Management; International Safety and Health Construction Co-ordinators’ Organisation (ISHCCO); LEGO Group; Medicover; OMV; Partnership for European Research on Occupational Health and Safety (PEROSH); ProCME Group; PSYA; Siemens AG; Sofidel; Syndex; Toyota Material Handling Europe; TRW Automotive; Union Internationale des Entrepreneurs de Peinture (UNIEP).
2014–2015 official media partners: Aragon Valley (ES); Aufbruch und Wandel. Das Demografieblog (DE); Bezpečná Práca (SK); CBS e-Magazine (CY); Das Büro (DE); Ergonoma Journal (FR); euroXpress (ES); Face au Risque (FR): Formación de Seguridad Laboral (ES); Health & Safety Times (IE); HMS-magasinet (NO); ISSA Mining Newsletter (DE); MaintWorld magazine (FI); ppe.org (UK); Prevent (BE); Préventica (FR); Promotor BHP (PL); PuntoSicuro (IT); Quotidiano Sicurezza (IT); Revista "segurança" (PT); Safety Management (UK).
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