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Chemical labels are changing – How will this affect you ?  (19/08/2013)

Catalog N. : KE-30-13-227-EN-C

Over the next few years, the EU chemical Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP) is changing how chemical products are classified to identify hazards. This will result in changes to the information which is communicated to users of chemicals on labels and in safety data sheets (SDSs). People working with chemicals must adapt to these changes, and this document will act as practical guidance. Specifically, it will explain how these changes will affect your responsibilities under various EU worker protection directives (chemical agents directive, carcinogens and mutagens directive, safety signs directive, pregnant workers directive and young people at work directive).


Chemicals at work – a new labelling system - Guidance to help employers and workers to manage the transition to the new classification, labelling and packaging system.  (09/08/2013)

Catalog N. : KE-30-13-226-EN-C

Over the next few years, new legislation known as the CLP regulation is changing how chemical products are classified to identify hazards, and how this information is communicated on labels and safety data sheets (SDSs). This document is intended to provide practical guidance to employers and workers on how the directly acting CLP regulation (Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures) will affect the following worker protection directives: • chemical agents directive (98/24/EC); • carcinogens and mutagens directive (2004/37/EC); • safety signs directive (92/58/EEC); • pregnant workers directive (92/85/EEC); • young people at work directive (94/33/EC). These directives have been implemented in the national legislation of each Member State. Information on this legislation and general guidance on how to comply will normally be available from the authorities responsible for occupational health and safety in each Member State. This publication is available in printed format in English, French and German.


Minimising chemical risk to workers' health and safety through substitution  (19/12/2012)

Catalog N. : KE-30-12-758-EN-N

This report presents the results of a study on the practical implementation of substitution of hazardous chemicals, as an occupational health and safety risk management measure, in workplaces across the EU. Funded by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, the publication examines if there is a need for an EU-wide common guidance on substitution, with results indicating that such a document would be welcome. It recognises that various approaches to substitution – as well as challenges to these approaches – exist, and there-fore the bulk of the report focuses on developing a common approach to substitution and presenting it as a guidance document. This publication is available in electronic format in English.


Protecting health and safety of workers in agriculture, livestock farming, horticulture and forestry  (11/06/2012)

Catalog N. : KE-31-11-450-EN-C

This non-binding guide provides information and examples of good practice in connection with the implementation of health and safety directives, together with other necessary elements such as explanations and practical examples of the hazards and risks during all stages of farming, horticulture and forestry work. This guide is designed to help all stakeholders, in particular farmers, supervisors (especially in SMEs), employers, workers and their representatives, and others, to implement directives and to properly manage the prevention of risks due to work. This guide also contains a summary of the various EU directives, references and bibliography of information providers, a glossary, a list of key questions and a list by topic, a table of practical examples and a general table of the duties of the stakeholders. This guide contains various examples of good practice which have either been selected from the guides existing in the EU Member States or specially designed for this guide. This publication is available in printed format in English, French and German.


Occupational health and safety risks in the healthcare sector - Guide to prevention and good practice  (14/10/2011)

Catalog N. : KE-31-11-047-EN-C

The main focus of this guide is to present up-to-date technical and scientific knowledge regarding the prevention of the most significant risks in healthcare, especially biological, musculoskeletal, psychosocial and chemical risks, and to support the implementation of the relevant European Union directives in force. Practical instruments to support employers in identifying the risks for the health and safety of their employees and to guide the implementation of preventive measures in their healthcares facilities are outlined and clarified. This publication will be available in printed format in German, English and French and in electronic format in all other EU official languages. The links in this publication were correct at the time the manuscript was completed.


Non-binding guide to good practice for understanding and implementing Directive 92/57/EEC "Construction sites"  (17/03/2011)

Catalog N. : KE-30-10-351-EN-C

This non-binding guide gives practical information for understanding and implementing Directive 92/57/EEC on the minimum safety and health requirements at temporary or mobile construction sites. This publication will be available in printed format in English, French and German and in electronic format in all other EU official languages. A CD containing 22 language versions (Catalogue number: KE-31-11-011-1X-Z, ISBN 978-92-79-19096-4)is also available.


New rules for European works councils - Update 2011  (17/03/2011)

Catalog N. : KE-31-11-034-EN-C

European works councils (EWC) are bodies through which central management informs and consults the European employees of the company on progress and significant decisions. Directive 2009/38/EC strengthens employees’ right to transnational information and consultation and supports EWC creation. This leaflet outlines the main features of EWCs and the Directive’s aims. It explains the new provisions for establishing and operating EWCs along with the role of employee representatives, negotiation procedures and the implementation timetable. Concepts of information and consultation and aspects related to adaptation and continuity of EWCs are described. Finally, further information, promotion and funding sources as well as contact points are provided. This publication is available in printed format in all EU official languages.


Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015  (02/03/2011)

Catalog N. : KE-31-10-702-EN-C

Building on the Roadmap for equality between women and men 2006-2010, as well as the European Pact for Gender Equality, this Strategy spells out actions under five priority areas defined in the Women’s Charter, and one area addressing cross-cutting issues. For each priority area, key actions to stimulate change and achieve progress are described and more detailed proposals are to be found in the accompanying staff working paper. The actions proposed follow the dual approach of gender mainstreaming (meaning the integration of the gender dimension in all policy areas) and specific measures. The Strategy represents the work programme of the European Commission on gender equality, aiming additionally to stimulate developments at national level and to provide the basis for cooperation with the other European institutions and with stakeholders.


Flexible working time arrangements and gender equality - A comparative review of 30 European countries  (26/10/2010)

Catalog N. : KE-31-10-378-EN-C

Increased flexibility of working time arrangements and promotion of gender equality are two important elements in the EU’s employment policy. In many instances, increased flexibility has a positive effect on gender equality, although this is not always the case. This review from the EU Expert Group on Gender and Employment sets out the relationship between working time flexibility and gender equality and compares the state of play in 30 European countries (EU-27 and EEA/EFTA). It gives an overview of working time flexibility throughout Europe as well as in-depth analysis of flexibility in terms of length and organisation of working time. Information is also provided on the regulatory framework and recent policy developments in the field. In addition, the review comprises a detailed statistical annex. This publication is available in English only, with French and German summaries.


The Gender Pay Gap in Europe from a Legal Perspective  (11/10/2010)

Catalog N. : KE-32-10-353-EN-C

The principle of equal pay for men and women for work of equal value has been key to the European Union ever since its foundation. It was laid down in the original Treaty, and brought into practice by several directives. Also the Court of Justice’s case law has boosted its importance. Notwithstanding these efforts at the legal level, the average gender pay gap for the 27 EU Member States (17.6 % in 2008) is hardly diminishing. It is against this worrisome background that the European Commission asked its European Network of Legal Experts in the Field of Gender Equality to collect data on national policies, initiatives and legal instruments aimed at tackling the gender pay gap, and to explore potential links between equal pay and other national legal provisions. 33 legal experts of the EU Member States, the EEA countries and the candidate countries took part in a questionnaire that formed the basis for this publication. It analyses a wide variety of national policies, initiatives and legal instruments that aim to combat the gender pay gap and it uncovers a number of unexpected links between the gender pay gap and other parts of the law. This publication is available in printed format in English, French and German.