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       Occupational Health and Safety 16/03/2010
New EU-OSHA Campaign on Safe Maintenance

On 16 March 2010 EU-OSHA, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, presented its new European Campaign on Safe Maintenance to interested partners and contacts. CEOC International has been registered as partner of the previous 2-year campaign on Risk Assessment and participated, among others, in the campaign closing summit and events in Bilbao on 16/17 November 2009. CEOC International will sign up for the new campaign and get involved in the related activities.


The official campaign launch will take place in Brussels on 28 April, on the World Day for Occupational Safety and Health. Moreover, there will be a Safe Maintenance Conference organised jointly with the Belgian EU-Presidency in Brussels on 25 November 2010.

The European Week for Safety and Health will take place in week 43 (normally the last week of October).

On 28 April 2011, the European Good Practice Award event will be organised in Budapest and the Campaign Closing Event will be held in Bilbao in November 2011.


What is maintenance? Why is it important (quotes from the EU-OSHA brochure):

"On a July day in 1988, newsrooms around the world showed images of devastation, as an oil rig turned into a fireball. Flammable gas had ignited on the Piper Alpha platform in the North Sea, turning it within seconds into an inferno. In one of the worst incidents of its kind in history, 167 workers were killed. What caused this terrible event? Condensate escaped when an attempt was made to bring a condensate pump, out for maintenance, back on line quickly, following the failure of the in-service pump. The condensate flashed off, found an ignition source, and caused an explosion, which ultimately led to the disaster. (...)"

"Maintenance (of plants, equipment, machines, workplaces) is essential to eliminate workplace hazards, and to create a safe working environment. Maintenance must be carried out in a safe way, with appropriate protection provided for maintenance workers and other people present in the workplace." - 


OSH issues are discussed within the CEOC Technical Experts Group on Occupational Health and Safety. The next meeting of the group will take place in the frame of the CEOC General Assembly on 31 May in Vienna/Austria. For more information, please contact Ms Astrid Silvia Grunert, CEOC EU Affairs Manager:

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