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EU Health Workplace Campaign

29/04/2010

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 related.

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 MEMO    concerning the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010-2011 on Safe Maintenance.