"Prevention of occupational risks in the construction sector", Bucharest, November 4, 2004 Ingemar Sternerup European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
The European Agency… • Aims to make Europe’s workplaces safer, healthier and more productive • Collects and disseminates information to improve the occupational safety and health in Europe
Key areas of the Agency’s activities • Network development - building the links • Information services - communicating knowledge • Information projects - developing knowledge
EU Focal Points CC Focal Points EEA EFTA Focal Points
What is the European Week ? • An Information campaign to address a specific theme relating to Occupational Safety and Health • Objectives: • Increase awareness of risks in the workplace • Promote good practice solutions
Themes of the Weeks • 2000 Work-related musculoskeletal disorders • 2001 Accidents • 2002 Work-related stress. • 2003 Dangerous substances at work • 2004 Construction • 2005 Noise
European Week 2004 is dedicated to risk prevention in construction activities, including building, demolition, repairs, painting etc. • The EW 2004 slogan is: “SĂ CONSTRUIM ÎN SIGURANŢĂ” (“BUILDING IN SAFETY”)
CONSTRUCTION’S HEAVY HUMAN COST • Over 800,000 accidents a year in Europe, including 1300 fatal accidents; • Widespread exposure to hazardous substances, leading to cancers, respiratory difficulties and other ailments; • Half of Europe’s 12 million construction workers will suffer musculoskeletal problems.
THE FINANCIAL COSTS ARE EQUALLY HIGH • Poor safety and health inflates construction costs by an estimated 8.5%; • This equates to €75 billion a year; • Most of these costs are borne by taxpayers as most construction projects are publicly funded.
PARTNERSHIPS HOLD THE KEY TO SUCCESS • SMEs lack the resources to do it alone: Most safety and health problems are concentrated in this sector. • Everyone involved in construction – from architects to engineers - must also help: Many accidents are due to decisions taken before construction starts.
Some examples of European Week activities • Workplace safety demonstrations • National inspection days • TV advertising campaigns • Training sessions • Open days • Seminars and workshops • Competitions • Exhibitions • Press conferences
What does the Agency do for European Week? • Coordinates activities • Organises a Launch Event • Produces and disseminates information in 20 languages • Provides funding to stimulate activities • Organises Good Practice Awards • Organises Closing Event in Bilbao
Campaign material produced by the Agency • Poster and EW leaflet • Fact sheets • Safe small site management • Noise in construction • Safe roof work • Summary of case studies • Asbestos in construction • Magazine • Dedicated web feature
Co-operation next year We hope to support the Romanian Focal Point with: European Week 2005 Website maintenance Translation and printing Participation in meetings in Bilbao
Staying in touch • Use the Agency website http://agency.osha.eu.int/ • and the Romanian Agency Focal Point website http://www.protectiamuncii.ro/