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EVALUATION OF THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY ON SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK 2007-201295The Midterm Evaluation ong>ofong> ong>theong> EU-OSHA's Strategy found that stakeholdersgenerally believe that ong>theong> objectives were met in relation to ong>theong> Agency's runningong>ofong> effective awareness-raising campaigns. The European campaigns wereperceived by stakeholders to increase awareness, athough uncertainty existed onong>theong> extent to which ong>theong> campaigns reached employers and workplaces. Campaignmaterials were found to be too difficult and detailed for workers to understand.Initiatives such as OiRA tool and NAPO (materials not dependent on language)were evaluated to be useful to employers and workplaces.The findings from interviews for this ong>evaluationong> with stakeholders in ong>theong> MemberStates are consistent with ong>theong> results ong>ofong> ong>theong> Mid-term Evaluation ong>ofong> ong>theong> EU-OSHA'sStrategy and show that ong>theong> campaign activities have contributed to raisingawareness and improved practices among companies. However, ong>theong> interviews alsoindicate that ong>theong>re is room for improvement. Several interviewees questioned ong>theong>extent to which ong>theong> campaigns reach ong>theong> local levels. EU-OSHA is very aware ong>ofong>this challenge and is working actively to bridge ong>theong> gap, for example through ong>theong>development ong>ofong> ong>theong> ong>ofong>ficial campaign partnerships and an agreement with DGEnterprise to promote OSH via ong>theong> Enterprise Europe Network.Thus, ong>theong>re is no doubt that EU-OSHA has been focused on sectoral awarenessraising and SMEs in its delivery ong>ofong> ong>theong> European OSH awareness campaigns,which have been carried out successfully.EU-OSHA:Exchange ong>ofong>experience and goodpractise aimed atspecific sectorsThe European Strategy calls for EU-OSHA to promote ong>theong> management ong>ofong> healthand safety at work in enterprises through ong>theong> exchange ong>ofong> experience and goodpractices aimed at specific sectors.EU-OSHA's homepage provides access to an elaborate sector-specific andsearchable database with multiple cases ong>ofong> evidence about safety and health.Sector-specific activities are regularly carried out, amongst oong>theong>r in ong>theong> HealthyWorkplaces campaign. One ong>ofong> ong>theong> European Week, now Healthy Workplaces,campaigns was dedicated to ong>theong> construction sector (2005), oong>theong>r activities targetedong>theong> health care, cleaners, fisheries and hospitality sector. The 2005 constructioncampaign had a follow-up stakeholder group activity which concluded in an EPevent.EU-OSHA has also actively supported ong>theong> SLIC (Senior Labour Inspectors)campaigns on asbestos and dangerous substances (targeting amongst oong>theong>rs carrepair and woodworking), MSDs (targeting transport and health care and asbestos(targeting construction).Information materials were also developed for ong>theong> agriculture sector. The EU-OSHA research was supported by expert groups (e.g. HORECA and fisheries) andong>theong> results were discussed with ong>theong> EU sectoral social partners and oong>theong>rstakeholders at workshops and oong>theong>r events (e.g. HORECA, cleaners, health care).In 2011, a series ong>ofong> publications and two Web sections, were launched to supportong>theong> UN decade for road safety (11 May 2011), and were promoted at joint events(national and EU) with ong>theong> national Focal Points, DG Move, and ong>theong> EuropeanTransport Safety Council, at ong>theong> International Transport Forum and Fair, and at ong>theong>http://projects.cowiportal.com/ps/A019055/Documents/3 Project documents/Interim and final report/Final report October 2012/OSH ong>evaluationong>-report_Final_submitted 14 March2013.docx

96 EVALUATION OF THE EUREVALUATION OF THE EUROPEAN STRATEGY ON SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK 2007-201296A+A fair in Düsseldorf. The information also supported an initiative by ong>theong> EUCommission (DG EMPL) and ong>theong> ACSH to develop guidance on road transport anddriving for work.The Healthy Workplaces campaigns include a Good Practice award. In relation toong>theong> follow-up ong>ofong> ong>theong> Healthy Workplaces Campaign on Risk Assessment ong>ofong> 2008-2009, a database ong>ofong> case studies ong>ofong> good practices was launched, which presentscase studies since ong>theong> onset ong>ofong> ong>theong> Agency´s work. In 2009 and 2011, as for everycampaign, ong>theong> winners ong>ofong> ong>theong> Good Practice award were presented in a GoodPractice booklet that was published and made available on EU-OSHA's website.This particular campaign tool was very well evaluated in ong>theong> following ong>evaluationong>.In 2010, during ong>theong> Campaign on "Safe Maintenance in practice" described above,ong>theong> partners organised a range ong>ofong> activities to promote good practice.Thus ong>theong> information provided by EU-OSHA is very extensive and available indifferent formats such as database, fact sheets, reports, etc. It provides a range ong>ofong>information and good practices divided on sectors, and ong>theong>reby ong>ofong>fering a goodbasis for exchange ong>ofong> experiences and dissemination ong>ofong> good practice.In terms ong>ofong> specific activities to actively promote ong>theong> exchange ong>ofong> experience andgood practice within specific sectors, some activities have been conducted underong>theong> European campaigns. EU-OSHA's networks ong>ofong> focal points (at European andnational levels) are also forums for exchange ong>ofong> experience and good practice. TheMid-term ong>evaluationong> ong>ofong> EU-OSHA's ong>strategyong> indicates mixed experiences with ong>theong>operation ong>ofong> ong>theong> networks. It is not clear from ong>theong> ong>evaluationong> wheong>theong>r ong>theong> networksfacilitate sector-specific exchange ong>ofong> experience and good-practice, but ong>theong> resultsdo indicate that more could be done to activate ong>theong> networks for this purpose.Sectoral socialdialogueThe European Strategy invited social partners to draw up initiatives in ong>theong> contextong>ofong> ong>theong> sectoral social dialogue and to ensure that workers' representatives are givena greater coordinating role in ong>theong> systematic management ong>ofong> occupational risks.Actions have been taken over ong>theong> past 5 years in ong>theong> context ong>ofong> ong>theong> Europeansectoral social dialogue. These actions have taken place within ong>theong> framework ong>ofong>ong>theong> sectoral dialogue committees, established in 1998 by ong>theong> Commission topromote dialogue between social partners in ong>theong> various sectors ong>ofong> activity. The“Industrial Relations in Europe” report ong>ofong> 2010 103 highlights ong>theong> progress achievedin a number ong>ofong> committees, including in ong>theong> area ong>ofong> health and safety at work. Asmentioned previously, one ong>ofong> ong>theong> main achievements was ong>theong> conclusion ong>ofong> aframework agreement on ong>theong> prevention ong>ofong> sharp injuries in ong>theong> hospital sector,which was ong>theong>n included in a Directive adopted in 2010.Oong>theong>r achievements, in addition to those mentioned in ong>theong> Mid-term Review,include:103 European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs andInclusion, Industrial Relations in Europe – 2010, Luxembourg, 2010, pp184-186.http://projects.cowiportal.com/ps/A019055/Documents/3 Project documents/Interim and final report/Final report October 2012/OSH ong>evaluationong>report_Final_submitted14 March 2013.docx

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