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First European Week on Safety and Health at Work - Making Europe a better place to work

The first "European Week on Safety and Health at Work" (7-13 October 1996) was launched on Monday, 7 October 1996, by Mr. Padraig Flynn, European Commissioner with responsibility for employment and social affairs. The principal aims of the Week are to emphasize the economic b...

The first "European Week on Safety and Health at Work" (7-13 October 1996) was launched on Monday, 7 October 1996, by Mr. Padraig Flynn, European Commissioner with responsibility for employment and social affairs. The principal aims of the Week are to emphasize the economic benefits, as well as the social importance, of health and safety at work and to raise awareness amongst workers and employers about hazards in the work place. It also aims to encourage effective management of safety and health and promote actions to tackle specific problems and reduce risks. In addition to the numerous events being organized at Member State level throughout the week, three major international events will take place after the Week (in November) but supporting its aims and promoting its results : - The Third International Conference on Information Technologies in Occupational Safety and Health: 13-15 November 1996, Brussels; - The third competition on health and safety education and training materials organized by the European Commission together with the International Social Security Association (ISSA); - The International Conference on the Integration of Health and Safety into the Education System: 28-29 November, Dublin. "With 8,000 killed and 10 million injured each year in the workplace, in the European Union, quite obviously, the protection of workers is the primary concern", said Mr Flynn in his speech to launch the Week. "But health and safety of workers is also very important for the health of companies, particularly SMEs. Let's make Europe a better place to work!". The Week is targeted at both sides of industry and especially, on the employers' side, at the heads of small and medium-sized enterprises. The Commission has organized the Week in close cooperation with the Member States. Within the agreed thematic framework, national authorities have selected and organised activities in accordance with their own priorities. To ensure maximum benefit, each national activity has to demonstrate a multiplier effect. In addition to its coordination and liaison work, the Commission is supporting pilot projects from Member States, organizing actions at Community level and providing material to promote the European events.

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