The main objectives of ENSHPO are to ensure participation from all of the practitioner organisations across Europe, including current Member States, new Member States, applicant countries and other European countries. As the Network represents the views, opinions and concerns of this extensive group of OSH practitioners, it is able to operate as a dialogue partner with relevant national and international authorities, as well as co-operating with other organisations, institutions, and federations within Europe and beyond.

Primarily however, ENSHPO acts as a forum where practitioners can exchange information, experiences and good practice on a wide variety of pertinent topics. Another objective of the Network is to develop a European-wide recognition of OSH practitioner qualifications and training.

In the experience of the majority of OSH practitioners within Europe, the discipline of occupational safety and health is seen as a stand-alone area with no active co-ordination between OSH practitioners at either a national or European level. This inevitably leads to a lack of influence being wielded with regards to the decisions being taken by social partners and governments.

In order to address some of these issues, the idea of bringing together occupational safety and health practitioner organisations across Europe was seen as a means of providing a collective voice, and the mechanism for doing this was achieved by creating the European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organisations (ENSHPO).

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