CWU Poster – European Health and Safety Week 2018 – 22 – 28 October and the EU Campaign 2018-19 Theme ‘Healthy Workplaces – Hazardous Substances’
To: All Branches
Further to LTB503/18 regarding the above, the Health, Safety & Environment Department is circulating copies of the CWU Campaign Poster for the 2018 European Health and Safety Week and European Campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces – Hazardous Substances’.
The Posters along with the previously circulated information will assist Branches and Safety Representatives to promote this important European Campaign and European Health and Safety Week which we trust will receive your full support and participation.
The CWU takes health and safety seriously and European Health and Safety Week is a great opportunity to highlight the fantastic work CWU safety reps do every day. We are asking our Safety Reps and branches to use European Health and Safety Week to shine a spotlight on this vital work to keep members and the public safe, promote better health and safety and highlight the role of the Union and our safety reps in achieving this. That’s why we ask our safety reps to organise events in their workplaces and to time things so that they carry out a safety inspection in their workplace on National Inspection Day, during that week.
The theme for the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2018-19, organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), is ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances’. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks posed by dangerous substances in the workplace and to promote a culture of risk prevention to eliminate and, where that’s not possible, effectively manage these risks.
Many workers across Europe are affected by exposure to dangerous substances. In recent decades some substances, such as asbestos, have been banned, restricted or subjected to strict regulatory control. However, dangerous substances continue to be a major safety and health issue in some workplaces.
For the purposes of this campaign, a dangerous substance is any substance in gas, liquid or solid form, including aerosols, fumes and vapours, that can pose a risk to workers’ health or safety. This includes manufactured chemicals, process-generated substances such as diesel exhaust or dust, and naturally occurring substances used in work processes.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer