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New global portal to health and safety information

"Our new website is the first global portal to occupational safety and health information for people involved in risk prevention at work," explained Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, the Agency's director. "It has been designed to offer the best possible support to a growing number of workplaces that are concerned about safety and health and need practical information to address their risks."

"A world of safety and health knowledge is now available right at your fingertips. I hope that our new information system will lead to improved workplace health and safety and help reduce the large human and economic toll paid due to accidents and ill-health at work."

The new website provides the following services:

  • users can search for information by risk types, sectors or groups;
  • when looking for more specialised terminology, the on-line thesaurus in 20 languages groups terms by subject and lists all the records containing the selected keyword;
  • users can customise the site in terms of OSH topics, languages and countries;
  • the good-practice section provides case studies that can be readily implemented in organisations;
  • users can easily navigate the national sites maintained by the Agency's representations across Europe or any of its international partners' sites;
  • users can download any of the Agency's publications from the on-line library, ranging from popular factsheets to specialised magazines; and
  • users can learn more about noise prevention through the new noise at work web feature that has been developed to support the 2005 European Week campaign.

This year’s European Week for Safety and Health at Work runs from 24 to 28 October and is focusing on the issue of noise at work, under the slogan, ‘Stop that noise!’, with the tagline 'Noise at work – it can cost you more than your hearing’. The campaign is backed by all Member States, candidate and EFTA countries, the Luxembourg and United Kingdom EU Presidencies, the European Commission and Parliament, trade unions and employers' federations.

It is estimated that around one-third of employees in Europe are exposed to potentially dangerous levels of noise for at least one-quarter of their time at work. And it is not just those in industries such as construction or manufacturing who are at risk; noise can be a problem in many working environments, from farms and call centres to concert halls.

More information about the Stop That Noise! Campaign can be found on the EASHW portal.

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