HEALTH & SAFETY AND TRAINING - Policy statement EURELECTRIC - EPSU - EMCEF

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{{Preamble}} EURELECTRIC and the European Federation of Public Service Unions agreed on a health and safety and training statement in 1996, cosigned with Employment Commissioner Flynn. Many developments took place since that time: - EMCEF joined the trade union side as social partner; - Liberalisation of the Electricity Sector and the EU Directives to create an internal market have lead to restructuring of the Electricity Sector; - New health and safety directives have been adopted; - The EU has been enlarged from 12 to 25 Member States with the prospect for a number of other countries to join. The social partners therefore agreed to consider the statement and its fitness for the future. They agreed that it continues to reflect what should be expected regarding health and safety and training in the Electricity Industry. The document sets out general principles as well as specific training issues. It is based on national experiences and the directives of the European Union in the field of health and safety. It is not intended to prejudice national practices and legislation. EURELECTRIC and EPSU/EMCEF firmly believe training is important to sustain the high level of health and safety in the Electricity Industry. They wish that the document contributes to the on-going debates between the social partners on training for health and safety in the different countries {(December 2006)}
{{Introduction}} 1. Developments in the European Electricity Industry (EI) place new demands on workers, their unions, and companies and their employers' organisations. EURELECTRIC and EPSU/EMCEF have discussed the new challenges facing workers and companies in the ESI in the context of health and safety. Both organisations wish to stimulate debate on issues of common interest.(1) New Directives1 have been adopted on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from asbestos, physical agents (vibration, noise and electromagnetic fields). The inter-sectoral social partners adopted an agreement on stress which has been endorsed by the electricity social partners. Its application in the Electricity Industry will be evaluated after July 2007. We recommend those engaged in health and safety and vocational training to consider if all the new rules and regulations have been integrated into training programmes. {{Health and Safety Objective}} 2. This document is a statement of general principles on health and safety of workers in all aspects of their work, which may assist the social partners locally in ensuring the health and safety of workers in all aspects of their work especially with regard to illness and injury, improving the quality of there working life taking into account gender differences and in sustaining and improving the health and safety performance of the EI. The document is jointly discussed and agreed.
1 Directive 2003/10/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 February 2003 on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (noise) (Seventeenth individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) Directive 2003/18/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 March 2003 amending Council Directive 83/477/EEC on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to asbestos at work (Text with EEA relevance) Directive 2002/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 June 2002 on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (vibration) (sixteenth individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) - Joint Statement by the European Parliament and the Council Directive 2001/45/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2001 amending Council Directive 89/655/EEC concerning the minimum safety and health requirements for the use of work equipment by workers at work (second individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) (Text with EEA relevance) Corrigendum to Directive 2004/40/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (electromagnetic fields) (18th individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) Directive of 29 April 2004 on the protection of workers from the risks related to exposure to carcinogens or mutagens at work (Sixth individual Directive within the meaning of Article 16(1) of Council Directive 89/391/EEC) (codified version) {{ General Principles of Training for Health and Safety}} 3. Although overall responsibility for the health and safety of workers rests with their employers2, employeesand there organisations play an important role in ensuring the effectiveness of measures to improve health and safety. Environmental design and work organisation to eliminate hazards, as well as considerable dependence on attitudes and behaviour of all those concerned in work is implicit in preventive health and safety.(3) Workers will cooperate in all tasks imposed by the safety regulations, and, in cooperation with the employer, contribute to ensure a working environment and working conditions which pose as little risk as possible to health and safety (4). EURELECTRIC and EPSU/EMCEF recognise the important contribution of education and training of management and the workforce in ensuring high standards in health and safety to ensure that employees understand clearly their duties and responsibilities for health and safety of themselves and others. One objective should be to contribute to a better awareness of (information on) health and safety and to disseminate and promote knowledge or prevention measures on topics relevant to the electricity industry. Adequate and appropriate training shall be provided by the employer. for the full text: