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  • 11/11/2015

    Non-binding guide to good practice for implementing Directive 2013/35/EU Electromagnetic Fields - Volume 1 - Practical guide

    The Directive 2013/35/EU lays down the minimum safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to risks arising from electromagnetic fields (EMF). This practical guide has been prepared to assist employers, particularly small to medium sized enterprises, to understand what they will need to do to comply with the Directive. However, it may also be useful for workers, workers representations and regulatory authorities in Member States. It consists of two volumes and a specific guide for SMEs.

    The practical guide volume 1 provides advice on carrying out risk assessment and further advice on the options that may be available where employers need to implement additional protective or preventive measures.

    Volume 2 presents twelve case studies that show employers how to approach assessments and illustrate some of the preventive and protective measures that might be selected and implemented. The case studies are presented in the context of generic workplaces, but were compiled from real work situations.

    The guide for SMEs will assist you to carry out an initial assessment of the risks from EMF in your workplace. Based on the outcome of this assessment, it will help you decide whether you need to take any further action as a result of the EMF Directive. This publication will be available in electronic format in all EU official languages.

  • 07/06/2017

    European guide for risk prevention in small fishing vessels

    This guide is designed to prevent risk for small fishing vessels and those working on them, so that both the vessels and their crews return safe and sound after a trip. Given that these vessels account for about 80% of the EU’s entire fishing fleet and that fatalities, injuries and lost vessels are at unacceptable levels, this guide is critical in preventing risks and protecting the wider fishing communities. The different modules in the guide focus on key areas, notably the vessel, the crew, fishing operations, real case events, risk assessment and additional information such as flotation devices, stability, first aid, work equipment and emergency drills. A glossary along with illustrations, photos and charts serve to highlight the important points in the guide, making it an extremely user-friendly reference.

  • 03/04/2017

    Final report of the HazChem@Work project

    The HazChem@Work project commissioned by DG Employment aimed at creating a database and developing a model to estimate the occupational exposure for a list of hazardous chemicals in EU countries and in the EFTA/EEA countries.

    Some annexes and an executive summary are downloadable separately.

  • 23/01/2017

    Study on the implementation of the autonomous agreement on workers’ health protection through the good handling and use of crystalline silica and products containing it

    Crystalline silica is a mineral naturally abundant and a component of materials used in a wide variety of industries. However, prolonged inhalation of respirable crystalline silica may cause a specific type of lung damage. A multi-sectoral agreement bringing together social partners from 14 sectors was signed in 2006 to protect workers exposed to respirable crystalline silica, minimise the exposure through good practices and increasing the knowledge about potential health effects. This study provides an assessment of the implementation and impact of the agreement.    

  • 25/11/2016

    REFIT study to support evaluation of the Written Statement Directive (91/533/EC)

    This report presents the results of a study analysing whether Directive 91/533/EC on an employer's obligation to inform employees of the conditions applicable to the contract or employment relationship, is still fit for purpose and whether associated costs and burdens are minimised. This exercise was carried out in the context of the European Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme (REFIT) which aims to make EU law lighter, simpler and less costly.