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November 23, 2009

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Report – Risk assessment- Diversity is a risk-assessment issue

<![CDATA[The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has published a report highlighting the importance of taking diversity in the workforce into account via inclusive risk assessment.

The main aim of the report is to describe why and how risk assessment can and should cover the whole workforce (the EU Framework Directive clearly emphasises the need to carry out inclusive risk assessment), and to increase awareness among those responsible for and affected by health and safety at work – employers, employees, safety reps, OSH practitioners – of the importance of assessing the risks to all workers.

The report focuses mainly on six different groups of workers: migrant, disabled, young, older, female (gender issues), and temporary workers. Most of these groups have already been covered in agency publications. There is a brief summary of the main health and safety issues faced by these groups, and examples of good practice contained in the report include measures taken by companies at national/sector level to integrate all types of workers into risk assessment and to prevent risks in the workplace. The description of cases includes background information on the company/project, the aims and objectives of the action, an explanation of what was done, the results of the action, the problems faced, success factors, and information about the transferability of the project.

Workforce diversity and risk assessment: ensuring everyone is covered is available to download from http://osha.europa.eu/ en/publications/reports/TE7809894ENC/view

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