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Operating in a highly competitive business environment and with increasing pressure on the labour market, many employers in Europe are becoming aware that they need to implement measures to improve productivity and efficiency while at the same time enhancing the working environment and company culture. 

Workplace health promotion has been shown to play a major role in achieving these outcomes. The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) promotes good practice in workplace health promotion and advocates the adoption of such practice in all European workplaces. 

The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion and its initiatives have received funding from the European Union in the framework of the Health Programme (2008-2013).

Round table "Towards health promotion at
the workplace" - Presentations available now!

**Click on the titles in the programme**

On Thursday, 20 November 2014 the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) and its newest member, the Croatian Institute for Health Protection and Safety at Work (CIHPSW), organised a round table in Zagreb. The idea behind the round table was to boost the development of a national forum for Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) in Croatia, to disseminate good workplace health practices and policies, and to address representatives from
companies, politics, health experts and other stakeholders. 


09.30 - Welcome and opening of meeting
by dr. Ana Bogadi Sare (CIHPSW)
09.45 - Welcome by representatives of the Croatian Ministry of Health, the School of Public Health and by dr. Marija Zavalic, the director of CIHPSW 
09.50 - The concept of workplace health promotion
by dr. Fedor Jagla (INPP SAS, NCO Slovakia)
10.10 - Activities of the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion
by Veronique De Broeck (secretariat ENWHP)
10.30 - Break
11.00 - ENWHP initiative "Promoting healthy work for people with chronic illness"
by Nettie Van der Auwera (secretariat ENWHP)
11.20 - Experience with the implementation of workplace health promotion:
DARS Motorways Company
11.40 - Workplace Health Promotion in neighbour country Slovenia
by Tanja Urdih Lazar (UMC, national contact office ENWHP)
12.00 - Lunch
13.00 - Round table discussion: interactive discussion on the needs and wishes of the stakeholders concerning workplace health promotion in Croatia.

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On Sunday, 24 August 2014 the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) hosted a side event at the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014 "Global Forum for Prevention" in Frankfurt. The ENWHP side event consisted of an interactive workshop on job retention and return-to-work of employees with chronic illness. The workshop presented the results of the campaign "Promoting healthy work for people with chronic illness (PH Work)", which identified successful strategies, programmes and good practices on company level preventing employees of moving into disability or early retirement.

NEW - presentations of the workshop available now!

Prof. dr. Karl Kuhn (ENWHP co-chair) kicked off the workshop with a small introduction to PH Work. Rob Gründemann (ENWHP member) provided the audience with a state of the art on the national return-to-work policies in Europe. He was followed by Nettie Van der Auwera (ENWHP secretariat), who presented the tools developed under PH Work: a guide to good practice & recommendations on job retention and return-to-work. Isabelle Burens (ENWHP member) showcased three good practices in companies, and Prof. Stephen Bevan (the Work Foundation) discussed research on working with three specific chronic diseases: multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia and musculoskeletal disorders (Fit for Work). The workshop was concluded with half an hour of remarks and questions by the audience.  

Eight Spanish Models of Good Practice being celebrated today! 

Today, on the 16th of April 2015, the ENWHP National Contact Office for Spain INSHT will hand over certificates to eight organisations that have been recognized as a Model of Good Practice according to the ENWHP criteria. You can follow the event online at For the programme, click here.

World Day on Safety and Health at Work 

On Tuesday, 28 April 2015 we will be celebrating the World Day on Safety and Health at Work. The focus this year is on the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases. The International Labour Organization (ILO) encourages setting up a prevention culture. ISSA, the International Social Security Association, will launch a worldwide Twitter campaign on this day. Look for the hashtag #iloveprevention

Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing
and Italian companies sign the ENWHP Luxembourg Declaration

INAIL, the National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work, and ENWHP's National Contact Office for Italy announces that INRCA, the Italian National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing, has signed the Luxembourg Declaration on Workplace Health Promotion in the European Union. INRCA - IRCCS (Institute for Scientific Research and Care) is a leading public institute in gerontology and geriatrics dedicated to develop research in the biomedical and health services organisation area, and to deliver highly specialised medical, nursing and long-term care for older people. INRCA has 1.100 employees, distributed across 4 research hospitals based in 3 diffrent regions in Italy: Lombardy, Marche and Calabria.

INAIL has started a campaign encouraging Italian companies to adhere to the Luxembourg Declaration, in order to develop a greater awareness on Workplace Health Promotion. Companies and organisations that sign the Declaration agree to the principles on Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) set out in the document, and declare to apply them to their occupational health and safety services and activities. 

Apart from INRCA, Healthway - a company established with the aim of spreading a culture of health promotion among people -, Azienda Bellini di Zanica, Bayer Filago, Bonduelle Italia, Fondazione casa riposo famiglia Longhi e Pianezza, Gambatrasporti, Lamberti Group, Lati, Mi-metal Bramanti, O.P. Oasi Soc. Agricola consortile, Rulli Rulmeca and Viba have also recently signed the Luxembourg Declaration. We hope many other Italian institutes, organisations and companies will follow! If you want to find out more, please contact Fiorisa Lentisco

Healthy workplaces manage stress!

On Monday, 7 April 2014, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched a two-year European campaign: "Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress (2014-2015)". The prevalence of work-related stress in Europe is startling. EU-OSHA's latest pan-European opinion poll revealed that 51 % of workers find work-related stress to be common in their workplace and 4 in 10 workers think that stress is not handled well in their organisation. However, together employers and workers can successfully manage and prevent work-related stress and psychosocial risks; the Healthy Workplaces Campaign aims to help companies do just that.

The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) has joined the new EU-OSHA campaign as official campaign partner, because as a network we believe that the mental health and well-being of the employees is crucial to the success of an organisation. The 8th ENWHP initiative "Work. In tune with life. Move Europe" focused on mental health (promotion) at the workplace and developed tools for employers and employees.

Read more about "Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress" in the Campaign Guide and visit the Healthy Workplaces Campaign website to download all official campaign material or learn about campaign events happening across Europe.


Closing conference PH Work

On 22-23 October 2013, the 9th ENWHP initiative 'Promoting Healthy Work for Employees with Chronic Illness - Public Health and Work (PH Work)' was concluded with a large conference in Brussels. The aims of this conference were to raise further awareness about the impact of chronic diseases on the labour market and the social security and to exchange and improve knowledge and cooperation of all stakeholders about the possibilities to retain workers with a chronic disease, or facilitate their return-to-work. The conference reunited stakeholders from public health and workplace health organisations, representatives from major public health and workplace health EU policy stakeholders. Workplace health strategies, as well as good practices and recommendations on job retention, early intervention or return to work were presented to the public. More info, final programme, results...