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The EUROGIP Disssusions on 19 March 2015 held on the theme ““Europe and occupational safety and health: What achievements? What outlook?” (in Paris).
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You will discover a reminder of what EUROGIP is in 5 points and the highlights of the year 2019 according to its activities, which have as a common denominator the prevention or insurance of occupational risks in Europe:
- Information & monitoring
- Studies & Surveys
- European Projects
- International relations of the Occupational injuries Branch
- Communication & Public Relations
- Standardization in occupational health and safety
- Coordination of notified bodies for machinery & personal protective equipment.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) defines an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) as “a set of interrelated or interdependent elements designed to establish an OHS policy and OHS objectives and to achieve those objectives”.
Several reference systems – certification or guidelines – exist at the international level to support the implementation of an OHSMS within the company. They all have the same overall objective: to improve the company’s performance in terms of prevention of accidents at work and occupational diseases.
in some countries, occupational health and safety, prevention and regional bodies have developed reference systems, tools and support systems to help SMEs/VSEs design, structure and implement an OHS approach in a management system.
This EUROGIP note presents international reference systems and some national tools and reference systems.
Whether any initiatives aimed at the rigorous monitoring of occupational risks and accident occurrence should be encouraged in order to better prevent them, the EUROGIP Executive Board warns about an international standardization of occupational safety and health (OSH) statistics.
How can standards contribute to improving occupational safety and health and (OS&H)? A document published by EUROGIP answers the question through six concrete examples.
Health Insurance – Occupational Risks within the French Social Security system, has been involved in the development of OS&H standards, under the coordination of EUROGIP, for many years. Indeed, standardization is a primary prevention activity. It makes it possible to integrate OS&H from the design stage of products, particularly concerning machinery and personal protective equipment.
Discover all the highlights of our activity in 2018 and remain the key facts concerning EUROGIP.
“2018 was a year marked by two important events: negotiation of the objectives and management agreement (“Convention d’objectifs et de gestion”) of the Occupational Injuries Branch for the period 2018-2022 and the report on “Workplace health: towards a simplified system for enhanced prevention” produced at the request of the French prime minister. In this context, EUROGIP was called on to produce various European benchmarks and draft several topical reports on a variety of subjects explained Raphaël Haeflinger”.
Our newsletter EUROGIP infos dated DECEMBER 2018 is online. It presents the latest news on occupational risks at Community level, in EU countries or about standardisation in occupational health and safety.
- Healthy workers, thriving companies – a practical guide to wellbeing at work
- Incidence and detection of occupational cancers in nine European countries
- Understanding and taking action to eliminate occupational cancers
- A recommendation on the access of all workers to welfare benefits
- Brexit and standardization: A transition period
- December 2018: What’s new in health and safety at work standardization?
- Register for the sixth EUROSHNET Conference on standardization, testing and certification
- SWEDEN: Online training in OSH for the retail sector
- AUSTRIA: AUVA continues its activities
- GERMANY: The possibility of early detection of mesotheliomas, a breakthrough
- EUROGIP Discussions 2019: Occupational health and safety: what levers in Europe for a culture of prevention in the workplace?”, 21 March 2019, Paris (France)
- 10th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work, 23-26 September 2019, Vienna (Austria)
Download the DECEMBER 2018 issue in PDF format
Here is a new report entitled “Incidence and detection of occupational cancers in nine European countries” published by EUROGIP with the precious help of the European Forum of the insurance against accidents at work and occupational diseases. The data concern Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.
Cancer cases (reports and recognition) since 2005 have been relatively stable in Denmark, Belgium, France, Italy and Sweden, but have increased in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. For this last group, there are various reasons, such as the inclusion of skin cancer on the national list of ODs in Germany in 2015.
In every country except Germany, cancers due to asbestos dust accounted for the overwhelming majority of cancers recognized as an occupational disease in 2016. For example, mesotheliomas represented more than 30% of occupational cancers in Denmark, 50% in Austria and Italy, 65% in Belgium and around 90% in Sweden.
Comparing the number of cases recognized with the insured population, Germany and France top the list by far, with 15.1 and 11.39 per 100,000 insured respectively. The lowest ratio is posted in Sweden: 0.5. In Germany, cancers account for 32% of recognized occupational diseases. The study also reveals that the off-list recognition system is not the most suitable one for cancers.
The second part of the report discusses programmes designed to detect cancer cases at an early stage in order to improve the chances of healing, and schemes which help victims assert their rights to compensation for an occupational disease. These schemes could be the cross-checking of OD reports with the cancer register for mesotheliomas and cancers of the nasal cavities (Denmark), scouting for a possible work-related origin of lung cancers in a hospital environment (northern Italy), or else targeting and support for the potential victims of a bladder cancer by the OSH insurance organization (France).
Our newsletter EUROGIP infos dated September 2018 has just been published. It presents the latest news on occupational risks at Community level, in EU countries or about standardisation in occupational health and safety.
Download the September issue in PDF format
EUROGIP publishes a new “Statistical review of occupational injuries France 2016” which presents data on accidents at work, commuting accidents and occupational diseases in 2016 in France. This document is the eighth devoted specifically to the loss experience at work (general scheme) in France, thus giving an overview over 10 years.
The document is available in French also
The Annual Report 2017 presents our activities which have prevention and insurance against accidents at work and occupational diseases at European or international level as their common denominator.
After a short presentation of EUROGIP and “3 questions to Raphaël Haefinger, Director”, the salient events 2017 are presented by business area:
- Studies and surveys
- Monitoring and information on occupational risks in Europe
- Public relations and communication
- Occupational safety and health standardization
- Projects of Community interest
- Coordination of the “machinery” and “PPE” notified bodies
The text of the European Commission sets out an EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at work for the next 6 years. Considering the results of the evaluation of the previous strategy (2007-2012), it identifies three challenges to be met:
- Improve implementation of existing health and safety rules in the Member States, in particular by enhancing the capacity of micro and small enterprises to put in place effective and efficient risk prevention strategies,
- Improve the prevention of work-related diseases by tackling new and emerging risks without neglecting existing risks,
- Take account of the ageing of the EU’s workforce.
The Commission proposes to meet these three challenges by developing a series of actions grouped under seven big strategic objectives:
- Further consolidate national strategies,
- Facilitate compliance with OSH legislation, particularly by micro and small enterprises,
- Better enforce OSH legislation in the Member States,
- Simplify existing legislation,
- Address the ageing of the workforce and emerging new risks, prevent work-related and occupational diseases,
- Improve statistical data collection and develop the information base,
- Better coordinate EU and international efforts to address OSH and engage with international organisations.
The European Commission has produced a guide for labour inspectors on the interactions between the REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006, the chemical substances directive and the directive on substances that are carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic to reproduction (CMR).
These three documents all lay down requirements for the use of hazardous chemical substances at work, and employers will now face two series of obligations. Although the REACH Regulation and the two directives mentioned above should supplement one another, their requirements overlap to some extent, and this could lead to inconsistencies in their application.
This document, prepared by the CHEMEX working group of the SLIC (Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee), aims to provide EU labour inspectors with a useful instrument to help them in practical application of the regulations by providing them with guidelines on the requirements of the REACH Regulation and the interfaces with application of the requirements laid down by the chemical substances and CMR directives.
Directive 2013/35/EU replaces Directive 2004/40/EC of 29 April 2004 whose transposition had been delayed due to implementation difficulties in the medical community. The new directive lays down new exposure limit values (ELVs) and new values for the action levels (ALs).
The overall objective of the evaluation was to provide a sound and evidence-based evaluation of the 2007-2012 EU strategy on safety and health at work and to provide reasoned recommendations for the development of future EU policy instruments in this area (e.g. a new post-2012 strategy).
The main conclusion in respect to the relevance of the current strategy is that it has been relevant and its merits have especially been in providing a clear policy basis and framework for coordination, and a common sense of direction for many of the actors involved in the OSH policy area. The strategy served as an important policy signal and driver for national action on OSH and also facilitated useful coordination in respect to public health initiatives. However, there remains room for improvement in the integration and coordination between OSH and other policy areas and between the various actors involved at the EU level. In particular, coordination with environmental policy and the important area of the REACH regulation on chemicals and their safe use has been inadequate. Also, the articulation between the strategy implementation and the European social dialogue has been limited and European social partners have felt a limited degree of ownership towards the strategy and have mainly implemented those parts of the strategy which they would have implemented in any case.
The Regulation aims at improving the European standardisation system. Since 1st January 2013, the European standardisation bodies (CEN, CENELEC, etc.) have been entitled to develop standards for services and not only for products as it was so far the case. The SMEs, consumers, trade unions and environmental organisations will be represented and entitled to participate in the European standardisation bodies.
The main focus of this guide is to present up-to-date technical and scientific knowledge regarding the prevention of the most significant risks in healthcare, especially biological, musculoskeletal, psychosocial and chemical risks, and to support the implementation of the relevant European Union directives in force. Practical instruments to support employers in identifying the risks for the health and safety of their employees and to guide the implementation of preventive measures in their healthcares facilities are outlined and clarified.
For the purpose of clarity, this directive consolidates Directive 89/655/EC which has been substantially amended several times. The directive lays down the employer’s obligations who has to choose the work equipment according to the specific characteristics of work and to the risks for workers in order to eliminate or minimise the risks; the employer shall provide workers with adequate information and written instructions on the work equipment containing at least the safety and health indications; he shall provide adequate training to workers who are given the task of using this equipment; he shall ensure that the work equipment whose safety depends on the installation conditions is subject to an initial inspection and an inspection after each assembly; he shall ensure that the work equipment is subject to periodic inspections and special inspections each time that circumstances liable to jeopardise the safety of the work equipment have occurred; he shall consult with workers and encourage their participation on matters covered by the directive.
The International Organizing Committee of the Congress decided to organize a virtual session on “COVID-19 and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)”.
The International Festival of Media for Prevention will also be on the program. Special sessions organized by the ILO and the ISSA. Translations into French, German, English and Spanish will be provided.
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The Congress initially scheduled on October 4-7, 2020 is postponed to September 19-22, 2021
The next EUROGIP Discussions (“Les Débats d’EUROGIP”) will be held on 12 March 2020. They will focus on the prevention of occupational risks to which workers in the service of dependent persons in Europe are exposed.
Pre-program will be published soon.
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The EUROGIP Discussions (“Les Débats d’EUROGIP”) on 21 March 2019 will take stock of international, national and sectoral approaches in this area.
The contributors will present different actions as the support provided by occupational injury and health insurers in Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Denmark, the financial incentives provided as well as the occupational health and safety management standards. Companies from different sizes and sectors of activity will share their practices in favour of a culture of prevention.
Simultaneous translation French / English will be provided