The announcement of partner status coincides with the start of European Week for Safety and Health at Work today (Monday 24 October). The granting of the status demonstrates that IOSH's work in this area has been recognised by the agency.
The campaign aims to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing throughout people's working lives, provide employers and employees with information and tools to help manage the occupational safety and health of an ageing workforce, and facilitate the exchange of information and good practice in this area.
IOSH has produced materials on the topic while some of its UK branches have held, or are due to hold, events. These included the East Anglia branch, which had a presentation from IOSH Policy Adviser Judith McNulty-Green.
IOSH resources include Occupational health management in the workplace, which was published last week and aims to provide OSH professionals with the thinking and knowledge to assess whether their employers or clients are managing health risks sufficiently.
Shelley Frost, IOSH Executive Director -- Policy, said: "IOSH is pleased to support EU-OSHA's Healthy workplaces for all ages campaign and its proactive age-management approach.
"Working lives are getting longer -- older workers are a valuable resource, making positive contributions to organisations and good occupational safety and health management helps ensure that all workers can fulfil their potential at work.
"The practical resources the campaign provides, including an excellent e-guide for workers, employers and occupational health and safety professionals, are useful tools to help us together create a safer, healthier, more sustainable world of work for everyone."
IOSH members can get involved by downloading the campaign resources to help raise awareness, joining an IOSH networking event to hear a presentation on the campaign, and raising awareness of the issue in their workplace.
The Institution would like to hear about any activities members organise, so please email [email protected]
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