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       Occupational Health and Safety 25/11/2010
CEOC International awarded at EU-OSHA “safe maintenance” conference

CEOC International received its campaign partner certificate out of the hands of EU Commissioner Andor and EU-OSHA Director Jukka Takala during  a high-level European conference on “healthy workplaces – safe maintenance”, jointly organised by EU-OSHA and the Belgian EU Presidency in the context of the current pan-European OHS campaign.


The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) had launched its new two-year campaign in April this year, keeping in mind that between 10 and 15 per cent of all fatal workplace accidents in Europe are linked to maintenance operations. The current campaign follows the previous two-year campaign on “risk assessment” where CEOC International had also actively contributed as a partner.


The conference ‘Maintenance: Do It Safely’ coincided with the release of EU-OSHA’s report ‘Safe Maintenance in Practice’ outlining key strategies businesses should adopt to prevent maintenance risks. EU-OSHA Director Dr. Jukka Takala said, “These strategies include ensuring management is committed to a safety culture and the provision of clear working procedures, involving employees in safety, conducting a risk assessment and safety training, as well as implementing preventive measure”’. The report details best practice examples of safe maintenance including that of the Air France engine maintenance workshops which now feature a simulation tool to help identify safety, ergonomic or production issues at the design stage.


CEOC International was among the first campaign partners being recognised for their commitment to safe maintenance and receiving the official partner certificate out of the hands of EU Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs László Andor and EU-OSHA Director Jukka Takala.


Official Campaign Partners of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-2011: Air Liquide Welding, Baxter International, BusinessEurope, CEOC International, Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), DELPHI, Employee Assistance European Forum (EAEF), European Builders Confederation (EBC), European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), European Confederation of Police (EUROCOP), European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC), European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EFW), European Federation of Building and Woodworkers (EFBWW), European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions (EFFAT), European Federation of National Maintenance Societies (EFNMS), European Industrial Minerals Association (IMA – Europe), European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers' Federation (EMCEF), European Network FOCUS, European Process Safety Centre (EPSC), European Safety Federation (ESF), European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS), European Textile Services Association (ETSA), European Trade Union Committee for Education (CSEE-ETUCE), European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF), European Virtual Institute for Integrated Risk Management (EU-Vri), Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA), Federation of Occupational Health Nurses within the European Union (FOHNEU), Federation of the European Ergonomics Societies (FEES), Gamesa, General Electric Energy, Granite Services International, Ideal Standard International, Intel International B.V., International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), International Safety and Health Construction Coordinators Organisation (ISHCCO), Medicover, Pirelli & C. SpA, Pirelli Tyre SpA, TOYOTA Material Handling Europe, Union Network International Europa (UNI Europa).


On 25 November, a series of workshops, roundtable discussions and expert meetings was organised. CEOC International representatives participated in the morning presentations and the afternoon workshops dedicated to “Procurement of maintenance services and working with contractors”, “Safe maintenance through design” and “Maintenance and dangerous substances”.


The conclusions from the workshops can be summarised as follows:


Workshop 1:

Procurement of maintenance services and working with contractors


    Training: Necessity of training in order to make maintenance work.

    Legislation: Positive attitude towards maintenance, particularly in Belgian legislation.

    Suggestion for encouraging maintenance: Various rewards in this respective field or tax incentives for workers who work safely.


Workshop 2:

Safe maintenance through design


    Maintenance activities should be concerned while the design of the building is made. Therefore there is need for higher interference of all aspects – design as well as maintenance in order to avoid unnecessary risks.


Workshop 3:

Maintenance and dangerous substances


    French national institute works on a measurement project which deals with cleaning of catalyst in chemical industry.

    Practical problems of maintenance in chemical factories cannot be only prevented through technical measures. Facing this problem, BASF in Ludwigshafen in Germany successfully introduced a number of safety measures in order to lower probability of exposure to the dangerous substances to the minimum level (e.g. well-defined work flow, training of employees and contractor workers).

    Absence of a directive on maintenance.




The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) was set up in 1996 in order to collate, disseminate and compare/analyse information on occupational health and safety at a European level. It operates through a permanent office with some 60 people staff located in Bilbao/Spain, a liaison office in Brussels where close ties exist with the Directorate General for Health and Consumer Affairs (DG SANCO) and the Directorate General for Social Affairs and Employment (DG EMPL). On the other hand there exist the so-called focal points in all EU Member States working together with the agency to provide information on OHS from and to the respective member states. The agency thus intervenes between the European Commission, the EU Member States and is in this task also supported by key partners and experts.


CEOC International – the International Confederation of Inspection and Certification Organisations

– was founded in 1961 in Zurich in Switzerland and acts as the voice of the inspection and certification sector at EU and international levels. Its headquarters are now based in Brussels. The confederation represents the joint interests of many of the world’s leading inspection and certification companies, employing more than 70,000 highly qualified persons, of which over 42,000 are graduate engineers and technicians. CEOC members are world-wide involved in the periodical inspection of technical installations as well as the certification of new products and services to protect the workers and citizens of Europe against unsafe products and technical installations.


For more information and to obtain the presentations given during the conference, please contact Astrid Silvia Grunert, EU Affairs Manager CEOC International:




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