The aim of the 2016-17 campaign is to address the issue of our ageing workforce. However, it is not only aimed at older workers but at workers of all ages. People need to be kept healthy and safe throughout their working lives to address the serious problem of people exiting the labour force prematurely and not being able to work until their retirement age.
The main objectives of this campaign are:
To promote sustainable work and healthy ageing, highlighting the importance of prevention through the whole working lifeTo provide both employers and employees with information and practical tools for managing occupational safety and health in the context of an aging workforceTo facilitate the exchange of information and sharing of best practice in this area
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As part of the campaign, EU-OSHA has also launched The Healthy Workplaces “Good Practice Awards”. The awards aims to recognise and highlight organisations making outstanding and innovative contributions to safety and health at work in the context of an aging workforce and is one of the main elements of the 2016/17 Healthy Workplaces Campaign.
The HSA is accepting applications for the awards. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 9th September.
There will be two national winners who will go on to represent Ireland in the European awards.
Revised regulations on woodworking, abrasive wheels and abrasive blasting of surfaces come into effect on 1 July 2016
These Regulations amend the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 299 of 2007) as previously amended by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 732 of 2007), the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application)(Amendment) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 176 of 2010) and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application)(Amendment) Regulations 2012 (S.I. No. 445 of 2012) by inserting Part 11 (Woodworking Machines), Part 12 (Abrasive Wheels) and Part 13 (Abrasive Blasting of Surfaces) as well as adding Schedule 13 (Woodworking Machines) and Schedule 14 (Training and Instruction) to the Regulations. The collective Regulations shall be cited together as the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 to 2016.
The purpose of the Regulations is to bring specific workplace safety matters relating to Woodworking Machines, Abrasive Wheels and Abrasive Blasting of Surfaces within the scope of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) launched an inspection campaign targeting retailers and distributors of liquid laundry detergent capsules, generally known as “liquitabs” on 9 May.
The aim of the campaign is to ensure that all of these products, in soluble packaging, comply with additional EU-wide safety measures, which came into full effect on 1st of January 2016.
The new legal requirements cover both the outer packaging and the inner soluble capsules. They were first introduced by the European Commission in December 2014 in response to the high number of exposures involving young children reported to poisons centres across Europe.
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