European Week for Safety and Health at Work
All over the continent this week, the European Week for Safety and Health at Work is being held. With the theme «Healthy Workplaces for All Ages», public authorities, private companies and citizens will all have the chance -over the these seven days- to get to know the main challenges we are faced with as a result of an ageing workforce.
Each year in October, the European Week for Safety and Health at Work is held, and this year it centers round the theme «Healthy Workplaces for All Ages». According to data from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, up to 30 % of the workforce in many European countries is expected to be made up of workers aged between 55 and 64.
This is the reason why an ageing workforce brings with it so many challenges in the area of safety and health at work, such as a prolonged exposure to occupational risks, the fact that older workers can be more vulnerable to certain risks or that there would be a higher number of workers with chronic health problems, among others.
“Special «Healthy Workplaces» campaigns will be organized to mark the European Week for Safety and Health at Work.
With all that in mind, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has set things in motion so that everybody received the message. One of the things they have published is the brochure entitled, Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards 2016-2017, which has been published into many languages, and that highlights cases of companies and European organizations that have demonstrated innovative ways to promote healthy ageing in the workplace and enhance a sustainable working life.
Some of these practices have been assigning teams to address the question of ergonomics exclusively, as was seen at the German automobile manufacturing company Continental AG. Furthermore, in the Netherlands, SAP launched a programme to raise awareness on the risks of physical inactivity at work. It is called «Run your health» and encourages workers to move around more frequently during the day. If you want to learn more about these and other measures, just click here.
“In 2017 Abengoa also participates in the initiative by holding an even dedicated to safety and health at work all over the world.
Abengoa, within the framework of the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, and always with the goal of “Zero Accidents”, also participates in the initiative by organizing an event on October 25th which is dedicated to Safety and Health at Work, and that is to held everywhere the company is present around the world. The first and most important thing at Abengoa is people and that is why we could not miss this important date.“You First. Commitment to safety and health”.