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“Extraordinary Liaison Forum” on the contribution and potential of European social dialogue to improving health and safety at work, at the European Commission DG EMPL

The “Liaison Forum”, which is organised several times per year by DG EMPL, offers a regular platform of information, discussion and exchanges of experience on subjects of interest for EU social partner representatives. The following subjects were presented and discussed

Welcome and introduction:

  • Jean-Paul Tricart, Head of Unit for Social Dialogue and Industrial Relations, DG EMPL, European Commission
  • Mr Costas Constantinou, Head of Unit for Health, Safety and Hygiene at

This meeting was divided in two sessions, during which the following subjects were presented and discussed:Work, DG EMPL, European Commission

Session 1: Social partner initiatives to improve risk assessment promote risk prevention and reduce accidents

  • Agreement on prevention from sharp injuries in the healthcare sector
  • Multi-sectoral agreement on workers’ health protection through the good handling and use of crystalline silica and products containing it
  • Occupational diseases and health protection in the European hairdressing sector
  • Handbook for accident prevention at sea and safety of fishermen
  • Guide for developing a health and safety management system in the construction sector
  • Social partner contributions to the development and adaptation of online interactive risk assessment tools

 Session 2: Promoting mental health and well-being at work

  • Implementation of the social partners' framework agreement on work-related stress
  • Multi-sectoral guidelines on third-party violence and harassment at work
  • Good work, good health: mental health and well-being in the telecommunications
  • Work-related stress, working conditions and social dialogue in the EU
  • Outcomes of the conference on the European Pact for mental health and well-being