European Safety Week 2016

October 2016

Emerald Facility Services are celebrating European Safety Week 2016. We have a specially designed poster which is available to download. We will also be running a Facebook campaign all week with tips, downloads and daily competitions.

Download Emerald Facility Services European Safety Week poster 2016

The theme for European Safety Week 2016 is Healthy Workplaces for All Ages:

Europe’s workforce is ageing: by 2030, workers aged 55–64 are expected to make up 30% or more of the total workforce in many countries. The official retirement age is increasing in many Member States and, thus, many workers are likely to face both longer working lives and longer exposure to hazards at work as well as a changing world of work (e.g. flexible working arrangements, flexible working environment). To prevent higher incidences of ill health, efforts have to be made to ensure safe and healthy working conditions throughout the whole working life.

The challenges brought about by demographic change can lead to problems for companies and organisations such as general labour shortages, shortages of skilled workers and concerns about productivity and absenteeism. Employers in Europe also have a legal obligation to carry out risk assessments and to adapt work to the individual and discrimination based on age is explicitly prohibited. Most employers are interested in providing good and healthy workplaces for their employees and, by fulfilling their legal obligations and promoting safety and health for all ages, employers are likely to see reductions in staff turnover and improvements in productivity.

The present changes we are facing result in various challenges for employees, employers and organisations:

- Longer working lives may result in longer exposures to risks.

- A higher proportion of older workers means more people having chronic health problems and thus specific needs.

- Older workers might be more vulnerable to certain hazards.

- Disability prevention, rehabilitation and return to work are of increased importance.

- At the society level, age discrimination needs to be dealt with

Work is good for your health

There is strong evidence that work is good for physical and mental health and well-being. For healthy people of working age, work can be therapeutic. For example, work can reverse the adverse health effects that have been associated with unemployment. All it takes is the right working conditions: a better quality of working life and well-being at work need to be ensured. Jobs should be safe and accommodating.

Healthy Workplaces for All Ages: the benefits

- The workforce will be healthy, productive and motivated, enabling organisations to remain competitive and innovative.

- Valuable skills and work experience can be kept within an organisation through knowledge transfer and a greater pool of talent and skill.

- Sick leave and absenteeism will be lower, resulting in lower work disability costs for organisations and better productivity.

- Staff turnover will be reduced.

- The working environment will be more positive, encouraging employees of all ages to achieve their potential.

What can you do as an employer?

- Taking a holistic, life-course approach with employees; By tailoring work to individual needs throughout the working life, these risks can be dealt with, resulting in a safe and healthy working environment for all.

- Carry out diversity sensitive risk assessment, tailoring work to individual needs.

- Mainstream OSH into active ageing policies;

- Create better coordination between human resources and OSH departments;

- Effective rehabilitation and return-to-work systems.

Visit Healthy Workplaces for all ages website

Emerald Facility Services are experts in the area of office cleaning and commercial and industrial cleaning.  Contact Katherine Kelly, Emerald Facility Services Daily Office Cleaning department to find out more about Emerald Facility Services plans for European Safety week 2016.


European Safety Week 2016