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June 27, 2012

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EU-OSHA announces first campaign partners

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has revealed the first wave of organisations it will work alongside to promote its latest Healthy Workplaces Campaign.

Among the 57 campaign partners are European social partners, multi-national companies and non-profit organisations. The campaign theme for 2012-2013, ‘Working together for risk prevention’, encourages managers, workers, representatives and other stakeholders to work together to manage risks in the workplace.

Christa Sedlatschek, a director of EU-OSHA, said: “We are delighted to welcome more than 50 official campaign partners, from across all sectors, committed to working together for risk prevention. Their engagement proves that European companies and associations believe that investing in safety and health in the workplace is key to business and economic competitiveness. We hope that this partnership will have a cascade effect benefiting the whole supply chain, and workers in workplaces of all sizes, in Europe and beyond.”

Forty-three of the campaign partners have successfully worked with EU-OSHA on previous Healthy Workplaces Campaigns, while 14 partners are first-timers. Partners commit to promoting the campaign through their own networks, communications channels and meetings. In return, they are offered opportunities for networking with other companies and associations engaged in OSH topics, as well as the chance to share good practices and to use the campaign to support and promote their own activities.

The benefits of being a campaign partner can also go beyond increased exposure and networking opportunities. One such organisation, tyre manufacturer Pirelli, has seen a drop of around 30 per cent in maintenance injuries since 2008 thanks to its implementation of ideas from previous campaigns into training, and engaging management and workers throughout its supply chain.

Pan-European or international organisations are now invited to send their applications for the second round of the European campaign partnership, which will close on 25 October. Applications can be made via the campaign website at

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