Health Workplaces- Manage dangerous substances campaign

The Good Practice Awards is one of the key elements of the 2018/19 Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances Campaign. It is designed to identify and showcase the best examples of effective management in the handling and use of dangerous substances. Entries are now open for Irish businesses to participate and the closing date is 26 September.


The key aim of the Good Practice Awards is to raise awareness of related safety and health issues and share best practice examples. Coordinated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the judging panel is looking for examples that demonstrate a holistic approach and real improvements in the use and handling of dangerous substances that ensure safe and healthy working conditions. The evaluation criteria include important considerations such as management commitment, worker involvement as well as sustainability and transferability.


Two national winners will be selected from the Irish entries (one small business and one large organisation). The two winners will go forward to the European stage of the competition where they will be judged against other national winners. If successful at the European stage, the winners will receive their awards at a ceremony at the headquarters of EU-OSHA in Bilbao, Spain.


To participate in the Good Practice Awards for effective management of dangerous substances in the workplace please click here for more information which includes previous case studies, the entry requirements and the evaluation criteria.


In addition, EU-OSHA have an interactive web-based e-tool that asks employers a series of questions on how you manage dangerous substances. There is a short tool that asks seven questions and a longer version which asks more in-depth questions. Based on your responses it provides tailored and easy-to-understand background and good practice information, for example on risks, labelling, legislation, prevention measures and much more. The e-tool generates a report related to your individual business situation on the management of dangerous substances, including recommendations for improvement. You can access the e-tool here.


For further information on health and safety issues or if you have any other HR issues, please contact Helen Quinn on or 01 605 1668.

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