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Benchmarking and Exchange of Good Practices in Occupational Safety and Health

The effectiveness of working together for risk prevention was demonstrated in the sharing of good practice at this two-day event, organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and its campaign partners.

Benchmarking and Exchange of Good Practices in Occupational Safety and Health Brussels, 5–6 June, 2013 The effectiveness of working together for risk prevention was demonstrated in the sharing of good practice at this two-day event, organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and its campaign partners. This was the first event of its kind, an initiative developed by the official campaign partners of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012–13, ‘Working together for risk prevention’. It grew out of a desire to put the campaign theme into practice – to provide an opportunity for EU-OSHA and its partners to meet and share good practice in occupational safety and health (OSH). Attended by representatives from many different types of organisations, notably the Director of EU-OSHA, Christa Sedlatschek, and the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, the event demonstrated a strong commitment to improving OSH through working together. EWF participated as Campaign partner, and a presentation focused on the EWF integrated certification system for welding manufacturers was given at the Worksop devoted at small and medium enterprises entitled “How to motivate and support SMEs and self-employed in OSH “, Each workshop enjoyed interesting and useful discussions about its particular area of concern. Findings from the workshops were reported back at common sessions, allowing all those present to benefit from the individual workshop discussions. In particular, each workshop’s participants were asked to discuss and report back on the three main challenges in their area and what the network of campaign partners and EU-OSHA can do to support this. Recurring challenges were creating a ‘no blame culture’, exchanging experiences and practices, promote efficient approaches. A recurring request was that both EU-OSHA and the campaign partners continue to support one another at similar events in the future. Continuing to share best practice was seen as very important, along with better communication when working together, and keeping the channels of communication open. About EWF EWF is a pioneer in implementing a harmonized qualification and certification system for welding professionals. Through European projects such as Virtweld, DistoolWeld and Weldiction, EWF has been innovating in welding training methodologies, as well as in the development of new technologies and uses for welding, through new projects such as Flexi_Fab, EMFWeld and TailorWeld. For more information please visit: www.ewf.be

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