High Safety and Health Standards Benefit SMEs

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Work Safety and Health

A safe working environment is good business. It is not only essential for the well-being of employees, but also for ensuring that enterprises are successful and sustainable, and that economies thrive in the long term. Set up by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in partnership with the network of Euro Info Centres, a new website explains why occupational safety and health is good business, and how to put it into practice.

'If you run a company, especially a small one, you may be misled into thinking that securing safety and health is difficult and costly', says Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. 'In fact it is the other way round as the business cases we have looked into demonstrate that higher safety and health standards lead to higher productivity. This is the message we would like to send to companies across Europe.'

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Maive Rute, Commission's SME Envoy and Director responsible for the Euro Info Centres network confirms an increasing interest among SMEs in safety and health issues: 'Small companies often find it difficult to 'translate' and absorb new regulations into their reality. By pooling the resources and expertise of Euro Info Centres and the network run by the European Agency, we are better equipped to address their practical needs.'

The new feature offers an overview of recent studies into business aspects of occupational safety and health, such as Corporate Social Responsibility, impact on productivity, or economic incentives for safety and health.

But it has first of all a practical dimension. Companies, especially SMEs, can access a collection of good practice examples, which they may easily and economically implement in their workplaces. A directory of national sub-sites provides access to safety and health regulations at the national level. And through the Euro Info Centres network companies can find consultants in their region.

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