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European Health and Safety Week

European Health and Safety Week takes place in October each year and is designed to raise awareness of health and safety.

The European Agency for Safety and Health describes the week as: “Aimed at people in organisations, companies and workplaces of all sizes and sectors. Everybody involved in occupational safety and health matters is invited to take part, especially safety and health institutions and occupational insurance organisations, trade unions and employers’ organisations, companies, managers, employees and safety representatives.”

Health and Safety Week 2006 will take place between 23 - 28 October. Make sure you put this date in your diary now!

The main theme will be Young Workers. It's purpose is to raise awareness of the risks facing young workers, in particular those new to a work environment

The week is run by the European Agency for Safety and Health who have published a site full of news, materials and activities. In the UK the week is being coordinated by the Health and Safety Executive.

The TUC will be undertaking a number of initiatives during the week.

The Wednesday of European Health and Safety Week is traditionally National Inspection Day when all safety representatives are encouraged to inspect their workplace

European Agency for Safety and health

Young Workers - A Safety Representatives Guide

Hazards Young Workers pages

National Inspection Day 2006 Resources

The most recent documents available on this subject are:

'Killer conkers' and other safety myths busted by TUC
The TUC has today (Monday) busted the most common health and safety myths including schools banning conkers, safety inspectors banning ladders, acrobats being forced to wear helmets and councils banning St George's flags.
23 October 2006

Action plans to keep young workers safe
The TUC is stepping up its campaign to protect young people in the workplace.
PDF version available for download
29 September 2006

Don't let your first job be your last, TUC warns young summer workers
As four million under 25 year olds go to work this summer and over 250,000 start their first job, the TUC is today (Wednesday) warning them to make sure they don't become one of the 16-24 year olds seriously injured at work every 40 minutes in the UK or killed at a rate of one every month.
9 August 2006

European safety week, 23-27 October 2006
The HSE has said it will be working in partnership with TUC and other organisations throughout Euroweek this year.
PDF version available for download
23 June 2006

24 hour opening means workers at greater risk of hearing loss warns TUC and RNID
RNID and the TUC are today (Monday) warning that changes in the Licensing Act, allowing 24 hour opening, will lead to an increased likelihood of workers in bars, clubs and pubs being exposed to dangerously loud noise for longer. They fear extended opening hours will mean the 568,000 people already working in this growing industry will be subjected to music so loud they could lose or permanently damage their hearing.
24 October 2005

Noise at Work - A guide for Safety Representatives
This factsheet explains the dangers of noise at work and explains what safety representatives can do to remove or reduce the dangers. It also gives information on new regulationd coming intoi effect in April 2006
7 October 2005

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