Commissioner Andor launched a campaign to promote Safe Maintenance at work on 28 April, together with Mr Jukka Takala, Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).
Failure to maintain the work environment and poor standards of maintenance
are a major cause of occupational diseases (e.g. from exposure to asbestos,
biological agents, etc.) and accidents. It is estimated that 10-15% of all
accidents and 10-15% of fatal accidents at the workplace are maintenance
The Campaign is linked to the EU's health and safety strategy , which aims to achieve a 25% reduction in accidents at work by 2012.
For further information, see the
concerning the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-2011 on Safe