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       Occupational Health and Safety 28/04/2010
World Day for Safety and Health at Work

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in Bilbao launches a two-year campaign to promote awareness among EU employers of the importance of maintenance for safe and healthy workplaces and the need to protect maintenance workers. The official launch date of the new campaign is April 28, 2010, this year's World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

Maintenance is a process that affects every area of safety and health. Failure to maintain the work environment and poor standards of maintenance are responsible for around 15-20% of all accidents and 10-15% of all fatal accidents at the workplace.

The campaign will provide material information for employers to organise their own activities ­ including maintenance training, conferences or workshops, poster, or check-lists. It will also award entrepreneurs who found innovative ways of promoting safe maintenance in a Good Practice Awards Competition.

Background: Each year in the European Union, 167,000 deaths are attributable to work-related accidents or illnesses, and the number of occupational accidents which result in over three days off work is estimated at 7 million. Improving health and safety at work supports growth and competitiveness of each business. The Community strategy 2007-2012 on health and safety at work has set the ambitious goal of achieving, by 2012, a 25% reduction in the rate of accidents at work.

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