The awards are part of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s (EU-OSHA) campaign – ‘Healthy workplaces for all ages’. The initiative aims to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing throughout people’s working lives, provide employers and employees with relevant information, and facilitate the exchange of information and good practice in this area.
Shelley Frost, IOSH Executive Director of Policy, said: “With working lives getting longer, good occupational safety and health management can address the challenges of an ageing workforce and ensure older employees remain a productive and valued part it.
“These prestigious awards offer our members an excellent opportunity to get recognition across Europe for their work in creating safer, healthier and more sustainable workplaces for everyone.”
The judges are looking for entries that demonstrate a holistic approach to the safety and health management of an ageing workforce. The entry should explain how good age management practices have been implemented at work and what has been achieved.
Entries are first judged at the national level by EU-OSHA’s network of focal points. Next, nominated national entries will take part in the pan-European competition, which will select the overall winners. The winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in April 2017. Details of the winning initiatives will be published and promoted on the European Agency’s website.
Entries are welcome from organisations across Europe. For more information about the ‘Healthy workplaces good practice awards’, please visit the website.
If you’re based in the UK, please send your entry to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), EU-OSHA’s UK focal point. The closing date for entries is 7 October 2016.
IOSH is encouraging members to also send a copy of their entry to email@example.com, to help the institution develop good practice case studies on this important issue, and to showcase the outstanding work its members are doing.