The “European Week for Safety and Health at Work” is held every October (w/c 21 October 2013). This event is held across the European Union and beyond. Seminars and meetings as part of this event for 2013 are scheduled to take place in France, London, New Zealand and many other countries. This campaign focuses on drawing together communities involved in Health and Safety in the form of workshops, conferences, exhibitions, training courses and advertising campaigns. All can participate in the campaign including big and small enterprises and individuals. A variety of activities take place throughout the year, during and after this week in October.
This event is one of EU-OSHA’s (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work) principal tools for raising awareness for Health and Safety at work. As well as holding the campaign, EU-OSHA supports businesses and other bodies who want to make aware their health and safety status and share best practice. Highlights of the event include the “Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards” competition which attracts entries from all organizations. It recognizes those that have strived to build innovative ways of good health and safety practices at the workplace. There is also the “Healthy Workplaces Closing Summits” where policy makers and health and safety professionals can network.
Looking closer to home, the annual “Health and Safety Expo” in Birmingham (held in May) is Europe’s leading annual exhibition for showcasing the latest health and safety products on the market. The event also includes seminars and information sources. It gives people the opportunity to mingle, view and compare products on display. Organizations can also sell health and safety services. The exhibition includes markets ranging from the automotive to the food and beverage. The event is supported by Iosh and Rospa, among others.
There are of course, many other events and workshops out there, many run by the HSE and other professional bodies. These events provide a great networking opportunity for health and safety professionals, organizations and businesses who wish to promote their products and make aware their enterprises worldwide.