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Today, CEPI and industriAllEurope launched a good practice report on health and safety in the European paper industry at a conference in Germany. CEPI – the Confederation of European Paper Industries – and industriAllEurope – the European Trade Union Federation – worked jointly on this new report compiling a set of 22 exemplary practices that were collected from members under the auspices of the paper sector social dialogue, funded with the support of the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
“In both our organisations - CEPI and industriAllEurope - we believe in the merits of awareness raising and sharing experiences. We hope that this report will be one of the reference tools for health and safety managers in the European paper industry. It should contribute to the indispensable effort to reduce health and safety risks at work in the sector on the route to “zero accidents”, said Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General.
The good practice report addresses different types of pulp and/or paper mills and the health and safety issues they may carry, as well as various kinds of activities (daily operation, transport and handling, maintenance) and can in most cases be adapted and transposed. The good practices included in the report are not exhaustive, but the report paves the way to identify more practices to be shared. It also illustrates the benefits of constructive co-operation towards a common goal.
“Producing pulp and paper in Europe requires the use of a wide range of resources, of which ‘people’ are the most important”, mentioned Jorma Rusanen from industriAllEurope in his presentation. ”We both - industriAllEurope and CEPI - invite our members to use and discuss the proposed practices. We also invite other industries to read the report and adapt the good practices to their own circumstances.”
This report is part of the EU-OSHA campaigns towards healthier and safer workplaces. It will be distributed to all pulp and paper mills in Europe.
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Note to the Editor
Link good practice report: http://www.cepi.org/publications/socialaffairs/GoodpracticesEN
Conference webpage: http://hspaper.eventbrite.com
Conference photos and presentations: http://www.cepi.org/socialaffairs/healthandsafetyreport
EU-OSHA campaigns: http://www.healthy-workplaces.eu/en/
Social Dialogue: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=480&langId=en
CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit making organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing this industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Its collective expertise provides a unique source of information both for and on the industry; coordinating essential exchanges of experience and knowledge among its members, and with the industry stakeholders. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 1000 paper mills. Together they represent 25% of world production.
Website: www.cepi.org Email: email@example.com Twitter: @EuropeanPaper
industriAll – European Trade Union / EMCEF
Three European Industry Federations, namely EMCEF (the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation), EMF (the European Metalworkers’ Federation) and ETUF:TCL (the European Trade Union Federation Textiles, Clothing and Leather) created a new and stronger European trade union organisation that started operating in June 2012: industriAll – European Trade Union. industriAll Europe represents 7.1 million workers in industry and manufacturing jobs at European level. EMCEF used to organise 2.2 million blue and white-collar workers in companies in 35 countries and 131 national trade unions. industriAll Europe is a member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and co-operates with 9 other European Industry Federations in the ETUC. industriAll Europe also works with the
IndustriAll Global Union which represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a new force globally taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world. industriAll Europe promotes social dialogue in an enlarged Europe and represents 11 sectoral social dialogue committees: Paper, Chemical, Electricity, Extractive Industries, Gas, Textile & Clothing, Foodwear, Tanning/Leather, Shipbuilding, Metal and Steel, and in addition the cross-sectoral NEPSI.
It also has a long-standing record in creating and co-ordinating European Works Councils. With over five hundred EWCs in all its sectors, industriAll Europe has been extremely active in shaping this particularly important element of the European social dialogue.
Website: www.industriall-europe.eu Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @industriALL_EU
Producing pulp and paper in Europe requires the use of a wide range of resources (raw materials, energy, water, chemicals …), of which “people” are the most important.
Inherently, the pulp and paper making process may present risks to the health and safety of the workers. These risks can be related to the use of certain substances/products, to the running of the machines, to the exposure to high temperatures, to the transport and handling of loads of different kinds, to the maintenance of the production equipment, etc. In 2003, the European paper industry committed to an aspirational target of “zero accidents”. Together with the European paper workers’ union EMCEF and under the auspices of the paper sector social dialogue, the project of compiling a set of concrete good practices for safety and health at work has been initiated with the financial support of the European Commission. To develop this report, some 60 concrete practices have been received from EMCEF and CEPI members.
A reference group composed of workers’ and employers’ representatives, with an expertise in the topic, have selected the most exemplary 22 practices. These practices can apply to different types of pulp and/or paper mills, to different kinds of activities (daily operation, transport and handling, maintenance) and can in most cases be adapted and transposed. Considering the complexity of the pulp and paper manufacturing operations, those good practices which have been chosen can by no means be exhaustive, but the report paves the way to further identification of other good practices that can be shared and illustrates the benefits of constructive co-operation towards a common goal. Both EMCEF and CEPI believe in the merits of awareness raising and experience sharing and hope that this report will be one of the reference tools for health and safety managers in the European paper industry. It should contribute to the indispensable effort to reduce health and safety risks at work in the sector on the route to “zero accidents”.
On 20 October 2010, in the context of the European Paper Sector Social Dialogue, EMCEF and CEPI organised a workshop on health & safety practices in the European paper industries. Through presentations reflecting on different situations, mills and regions, the workshop gave the opportunity to identify the many aspects of prevention, protection and resolution of health and safety issues. When the opportunity of carrying out a joint project was identified, that would require a strong commitment of both EMCEF and CEPI and could be financially supported with EU funding, the paper sector partners chose to work together on awareness raising, information exchange and experience sharing on health and safety. The project that resulted in the current report of good practices has been steered by a pilot group composed
of representatives of the standing secretariats of both EMCEF and CEPI. To ensure the robustness and validity of the content, a reference group, composed of health and safety experts nominated by both organisations was set up. Both EMCEF and CEPI inquired about good health and safety practices in the paper sector by using a template questionnaire to ensure a minimum level of consistency in the replies.
The Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2012–13 ‘Working together for risk prevention’ encourages managers, workers and other stakeholders to join forces to improve safety and health.
The Campaign is co-ordinated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), and partners in the EU’s 27 Member States and beyond.
The 2012–13 Healthy Workplaces Campaign is decentralised and is designed to help national authorities, companies, organisations, managers, workers and their representatives and other stakeholders to work together to enhance health and safety in the workplace.
The campaign focuses on:
- risk prevention
- managing risks
- encouraging top managers to actively engage in risk reduction
Central to the campaign are a range of materials that will further these goals. These include reports, practical guides, flyers, posters and DVDs.
CEPI has just published a report along with EMCF entitled 'No Paper without Skilled, Healthy and Safe People'. View the report here.