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17/03/2017
COTANCE and industriAll-European Trade Union have launched the Due Diligence for Healthy Workplaces in the Tanning Industry project, which aims to update the OiRA tool for the tanning sector and to conduct an EU survey on current practices for the...

As part of the project, the two partners have also launched two calls for tenders to look for occupational health and safety professionals to conduct the European survey and to update the online OiRA database (health and safety at the workplace...See more

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14/03/2017
A parliamentary fact-finding mission report adopted by the Social Affairs Commission in France outlines the OiRA tools developed by the National Research and Safety Institute (INRS) to help micro and small enterprises (MSEs) evaluate their own risks.

It points out that these tools provide users with practical guidance on their risk assessment process, offering them preventive solutions adapted to each sector in order to build up action plans. The report also describes resources and measures...See more

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07/03/2017
The State Labour Inspectorate of the Republic of Lithuania has developed two new OiRA tools for the ‘mining and quarrying’ and ‘cleaning services’ sectors to help companies identify and assess workplace hazards and risks. The ‘mining and quarrying’...
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01/03/2017
The State Labour Inspectorate of the Republic of Lithuania has developed two new OiRA tools for the ‘mining and quarrying’ and ‘cleaning services’ sectors to help companies identify and assess workplace hazards and risks.

The ‘mining and quarrying’ tool is particularly addressed at those who perform their activity in mineral surfaces and extractive industries. It includes mandatory modules like risk factors and hazards associated to heavy equipment. The ‘premises...See more

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23/02/2017
Identifying potential workplace hazards using risk assessment is the cornerstone of risk prevention and contributes to safer and healthier working lives for all. However, a significant number of organisations still do not do a proper risk assessment...
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16/02/2017
The European Association of Sport Employers (EASE) and UNI Europa have recommended the use of OiRA tools to improve health and safety standards and to address common barriers to employability in the sports and active leisure sectors on a joint...

The ‘Strengthening employability in the sport and active leisure sector’ joint opinion aims to shape the future of these diverse...See more

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26/01/2017
The publication ‘DARES Résultats’ from the French Ministry of Labour has recently released a study which analyses the role of social dialogue in shaping micro and small companies (MSEs) in France.

As MSEs are often below the legal threshold required for employee representation and collective bargaining, social dialogue becomes a key element to support good industrial relations. In this aspect, the study provides data and statistics on...See more

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23/01/2017
The National Research and Safety Institute (INRS) has developed a methodology based on partnership building and a sectoral approach to mobilise micro and small companies (MSEs).

Following an evaluation of the state of play in the field of prevention for MSEs, the methods focus on four targeted sectors, including road transport, restoration, car repair and masonry.  As the particularities and delicate nature of the MSE...See more

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16/01/2017
The owner of a restaurant in the French department of Seine-Maritime has successfully assessed the occupational risks at her small business by using the ‘OiRA Restauration’ tool developed by the National Research and Safety Institute (INRS).

As a result of the risk evaluation, concrete measures have been implemented to protect employees against occupational risks, including the safe knife storage to avoid kitchen cuts. The regular revision of hoods has also been developed as action...See more

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