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Occupational hygiene can mean much more than "just" hygiene - but in times of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, hygiene itself gains very high importance.
On the next page, you will find a selection of examples of good practice from our database dealing with this topic, in random order. There are examples from all over the world, some dealing with hygiene in schools, some with the challenges of the 2020 Corona pandemic, some with hygiene at workplaces in small, medium and big companies.
On page 3 you will find a list of institutes and institutions working for occupational hygiene all over the world - without claim of completeness. Institutes and Institutions, private and governmental, from various countries, all websites linked here are valuable sources of information. Many hygiene courses in various countries can be found on these websites as well as by searching the internet - training courses for workers and employees, as well as university courses.
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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common work-related ailments. They affect millions of workers. MSDs are causing workers to leave the workforce early, which is a human and a financial burden. Some young workers even enter their first workplace with MSDs. And sometimes, the education system itself is a source for MSD problems.
There is a need for action! Improving musculoskeletal health through the life course by starting as early as possible has a decisive impact on prevention. The topic "Integration of ergonomics into education and training" is a perfect vehicle to make the "Whole School approach" concrete: How to design safe and healthy learning spaces - including virtual learning spaces - to improve the quality of education? How can ergonomics help to support the learning process in schools?
The life-course approach based on the former campaign of EU-OSHA “Health for all ages” will get more powerful in the upcoming next campaign on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). ENETOSH is currently involved into the preparation of a sub-project of this campaign on “MSDs prevention among school children and young workers”.
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In many professions, like hairdressers, nurses, in the construction industry, in laboratories or the high-tech business, the protection of the biggest organ of your body - the skin - is essential.
And often not self-evident.
This means that the awareness of the risks and the knowledge about effective ways of protection is of very high importance. At work, as well as during education in pre-schools and schools, vocational schools and universities, awareness and knowledge of OSD can and should be included into everyday life, into lessons, lectures, education and training.
The European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health ENETOSH is an official partner in the EU-OSHA campaign 2016 - 2017 "Healthy Workplaces for all Ages". This campaign focuses on sustainable work and healthy ageing from the beginning of working life and highlights the importance of risk prevention throughout a person’s career. This collection of examples of good practice puts a special focus on this topic.
“We all get older, it’s about us” (Colin Millner, International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)). An ageing workforce represents a potential rather than a burden. We need a work environment that takes the different physical and mental age of the individuals into account, supports active and healthy ageing during working-live, facilitates synergy between the generations, compensates age-related deficits by technical devices or medical improvements, and copes with the error-proneness of humans, e.g. by an error-learning culture.
Here is our collection of good practice examples dealing with this issue.
ENETOSH is an official partner of the 2014 - 2015 campaign „Healthy Workplaces“ by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. The focus of this campaign is „Stress and Psychosocial Risks“.
"Work-related stress is not an individual fault, but an organisational issue. It is one of the most important outcomes of a poor psychosocial work environment.
Psychosocial risks arise from poor work design, organisation and management, as well as a poor social context of work. They may result in negative psychological, physical and social outcomes." (Healthy Workplaces website by EU-OSHA).
More information on the topic and the Healthy Workplaces campaign can be found on the website, for some examples of good practice dealing with this important issue, please go to the next page.
In this "Hot Topic", we highlight a collection of Good Practice examples dealing with accident prevention, in different work fields. It is just a selection, in random order. You can find more examples in our Hot Topic #3, "Construction Safety", because in the construction industry, accident prevention always plays a major role.
The projects listed here are of different kinds: courses, training materials, campaigns - in the scope of the university studies of teachers as well as in the scope of their work at school or as independent learning resources such as e-learning platforms.
Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals forming thin fibrous crystals. The inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, including malignant lung cancer, mesothelioma (a formerly rare cancer strongly associated with exposure to amphibole asbestos), and asbestosis (a type of pneumoconiosis). Asbestos became increasingly popular among manufacturers and builders in the late 19th century because of its sound absorption, average tensile strength, and its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage. It was used in such applications as electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation.
This serious risk for worker's health is closely linked to construction safety. Although materials containing asbestos are out of use in the construction sector, workers have to deal with this very dangerous substance in demolition works or reconstruction projects. Another risk is the long-term problem because of the causation of serious the illnesses even many years after contamination.
On this platform, we have a some good practice examples dealing with asbestos. Please have a look at our selection:
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Mental Health is one of the basic topics of occupational safety and health, because it is important at all stages of an occupational career, for all kinds of workers or employees. At school and in the kindergarten, we should start to take care of children's mental health, and at the end of the working life, mental health becomes a very "Hot Topic" again.
To prevent accidents and to make worklife more secure, risk assessment and the ability to perceive risks in advance, is of immense importance. There are so many different risks that can be "hidden" in everyday work in the different professions or fields of work, therefore projects or programs that can help workers to see risks of their workfield in advance, cover a wide range.
It all starts at school: learning how to read and to write, how to calculate and many other things. This is important, indeed, but not less important is knowledge about safety and health.
From our first cry to our last moan, we are exposed to sounds of all kinds. These may be nice sounds, gentle or loud, it may be music, but it may as well be noise - traffic-, environmental- or work-related noise.
Awareness of handling with sound and protecting against noise damages is very important, starting at kindergarten and school and continuing during the whole work life.