Safety and health week to focus on dangerous substances

June 2003
Management Services;Jun2003, Vol. 47 Issue 6, p4
Academic Journal
This year's European Week for Safety and Health, starting on 13 October 2003, will focus on dangerous substances in the workplace. Organised in the United Kingdom by the Health and Safety Executive, (HSE) this annual initiative has become the largest workplace health and safety event in Europe. Thousands of businesses use the week to look at ways of making their working environment a safer and healthier place. The campaign for this year's week gets underway in May when HSE will launch a free action pack of material to help participants with their plans. Details of how to obtain a pack will be announced in the spring. HSE will be encouraging organisations to look at ways of preventing ill health and reducing adverse effects in the workplace, including cancers, respiratory diseases and skin diseases. John Thompson, head of HSEs chemicals policy division, said: "We are delighted that dangerous substances will be the theme for European Week 2003. The majority of the 1.3 million companies covered by specific chemical legislation are small and medium sized enterprises. Many of these do not think of themselves as using chemicals. They see them simply as branded products but they can also be hazardous chemicals.'


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