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The next meeting of the Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) Community will take place in Brussels on May 16-17, 2017. The event, which is jointly organised by EU-OSHA and the European Commission for the first time, will consist of two distinct...

The sessions of the first day will focus on the OiRA national partners and the challenges they face ahead. Key issues will be examined and discussed, including the allocation of assurance resources, the adaptation of tools to national contexts,...See more

EU-OSHA has signed the OiRA memorandum of understanding for the development, use and maintenance of an OiRA tool with the the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) and the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE).

This  general agrement  provides  the basis  for  the  cooperation  between  EU-OSHA and the European social partners for developing OiRA tool(s). The partners have committed themselves to start developing two OiRA tools for their sector in close...See more

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Generalitat de Catalunya has developed an OiRA tool for the hairdressing sector to help employers identify and assess the risks in order to carry out preventive actions to reduce them.

‘OiRA peluquerías’ has been developed taking as an example the OiRA Hairdressers tool, which was created under the supervision of the social dialogue partners Coiffure EU and UNI Europa Hair and Beauty. The content is based on European...See more

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The evolution of digital technologies has led to a significant growth of online interactive tools (e-tools) related to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).

The evolution of digital technologies has led to a significant growth of online interactive tools (e-tools) related to Occupational Safety...See more