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NEW! - April 2014 - EU summit on how to address chronic diseases in Europe

On 3-4 April 2014, the first European Chronic Diseases Summit, entitled "Addressing the medical, social and economic burden of chronic diseases in the EU", took place. It focused on innovation, prevention and disease management strategies. Representatives from the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) were present at the summit, with an info booth about the latest ENWHP initiative and closing conference on "Workplace Health Practices for Employees with Chronic Illness"

NEW! - March 2014 - Research priorities identified by EU-OSHA

EU-OSHA, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, has identified priorities around four key theme areas for occupational safety and health (OSH) research in the coming years: (1) dempgraphic change; (2) globalisation and the changing world of work; (3) safe new technologies; and (4) new or increasing occupational exposure to chemical and biological agents. The priorities, detailed in a report, emphasises how OSH research can contribute to achieving the targets set by the Europe 2020 strategy and the Horizon 2020 programme for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. 

Press release | Full report 

NEW! - March 2014 - Finalists Global Healthy Workplace Awards announced

Six employers were named Global Healthy Workplace Award finalists. They will present their programs at the second GHWAwards Summit, on 9-10 April in Shanghai. Employers form 33 countries vied for the distinction of being considered among the world's healthiest workplaces. The submissions were reviewed by an international panel of health and wellness experts from 5 continents, including ENHWP co-chair, prof. dr. Karl Kuhn. Three winning employers will be announced at the close of the Summit. The finalists are: IBM (USA), Unilever (Netherlands/UK), Telefônica do Brasil (Brazil), Vanderbilt University (USA), Spokane Regional Health District (USA) and Technica International (Lebanon). More... 

NEW! - March 2014 - "Working Well" 6th Global Wellness Survey online

Key to further understanding and improving workplace health is the Global Survey of Health Promotion, Workplace Wellness, and Productivity Strategies - in partnership with Buck Consultants. We invite you to participate in this international survey. The results will be presented at the 2nd Global Healthy Workplace Awards Summit in Shanghai on 9-10 April 2014. To complete the survey, click here!

NEW! - March 2014 - EU Parliament round table "Depression in the Workplace"

On Tuesday 8th of April, a European Parliament Policy Round Table will be held on "Depression in the Workplace - Assessing progress in integrating depression in EU occupational health and safety legislation". Throughout Europe, 1 in 10 working people have taken time off because of depression, making it a common condition that has a significant and often un-recognised impact on employees, and consequently, their employers. If adequately managed, people with depression can lead productive lives. At the round table, experts and policymakers will debate the way forward to address this health issue in the next European legislative term. 

Gregor Breucker (BKK Dachverband, NCO Germany) was asked to talk about the Joint Action on Mental Health and Well-Being - which involves several ENWHP members -, and more specifically: mental health at the workplace. Programme...

NEW! - March 2014 - Involvement of ANACT and ARACT in French cancer plan - News from NCO

In France, the brand new "Plan Cancer 3" states that the occurrence of cancer has a significant impact on a person's professional / work situation. The plan takes on four objectives with regard to this matter: 1) To perfect the offer of solutions adapted to the individual situation of each cancer patient, 2) To sensitize companies on the benefits of keeping a cancer patient in employment or supporting his / her return-to-work, 3) To make progress in the territorial coordination of the multiple actors involved in continued employment, and 4) To enhance, disseminate and further develop the knowledge gained on job retention and return-to-work. More info...

ANACT (NCO France) and ARACT (Associated ENWHP Member) have been integrated in the French cancer plan and will develop an organisational approach to ensure job retention of cancer patients. Furthermore, they will collect and list the good practices  on keeping employees with chronic illness at work on their website.

ANACT and ARACT Aquitaine have also participated in the ENWHP's 9th initiative on promoting healthy work for people with chronic illness. Recently, they have published some of the good practices collected by the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion on their website: click here... or visit www.maladie-chronique-travail.eu  

NEW! - February 2014 - New online risk assesment tools published

In the last months, several new tools have been published in OiRA. OiRA is a European online platfor to create free and easy-to-use sectoral risk assessment tools for small and micro-companies, set up by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. This takes the total number of Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools available to 15. The new tools cover different sectors including hairdressing, catering and private security. Around another 50 more tools are currently under development. More info... 

NEW! - February 2014 - Small workplace changes help people with multiple sclerosis keep their job 

The healthcare costs related to brain diseases such as multiple sclerosis have increased from ?386 billion in 2004 to ?798 billion in 2010 across 30 European countries, according to the European Brain Council (EBC). Aside from the drastic increase in healthcare costs, Europe is also losing a highly-educated group of young workers as many lose their jobs shortly after being diagnosed. This happens although employers only need to make small adjustments in the workplace to hold on to a young employee with multiple sclerosis. Around 70% of Europe?s 600,000 people with multiple sclerosis are diagnosed with the disease in their 20s and 30s. Full text... 

2014 is the "Year of the brain" in Europe, and on 7-10 May a conference in Dublin (Ireland) will mark the 25th anniversary of the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform (EMSP) More info... 

NEW! - February 2014 - Conference proceedings European Work Hazards Network (EWHN)

On 4-6 October 2013, the network hosted the 13th EWHN Conference. The European Work Hazards Network aims to improve health and safety standards. The proceedings of the 13th Conference are now available online. The workshops at the conference tackled the following topics: 1) Occupational cancer prevention 2) Assessing stress risk on the workplace 3) What has HR and personnel management got to to with health and safety at work 4) Transfer of risk and global solidarity 5) Working hours / work-life balance, and 6) Sickness absence management / rehabilitation. More info...

NEW! - February 2014 - "UK needs to tackle high cost of of mental-ill health"

Mental health issues cost the United Kingdom around GBP 70 billion every year, or roughly 4.5% of GDP, in lost productivity at work, benefit payments and healthcare expenditure. Better policies and practices by employers and the health system are needed to help people deal with mental health issues and get back to work, according to a new OECD report titled "Mental Health and Work: United Kingdom". For more information, click here

NEW! - January 2014 - IAWHP 2014: call for abstract / poster submissions

The IAWHP (International Association for Worksite Health Promotion) Summit is designed for executives, practitioners & students. The event will provide the business justification for establishing & maintaining a WHP programme as well as offer an understanding of the emerging trends in effective programming. Practical applications, case studies and best practices. Poster presentations will enhance the programming by showcasing research, innovative ideas and best practices in worksite health promotion. Access full submission information & guidelines

NEW! - December 2013 - IFDM 2014 "Disability Management: Pushing beyond the boundaries"

IFDM 2014 or the International Forum on Disability Management, will take place in Melbourne (Australia) on 17-19 November. A call for abstracts for IFDM 2014 has been issued for presentations and workshops. The various themes are detailed on the IFDM 2014 website. Please note that the deadline for submissions is February 14, 2014. For further details...

NEW! - December 2013 - Conference on "Occupational Diseases in the EU"

On 3-4 December, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion hosted a conference to get "together for disease-free workers", where the report on the current situation in relation to occupational diseases' systems in EU Member States and EFTA/EEA countries (OCCUDIS report) was presented. David McDaid, London School of Economics,  stressed the importance of financial incentives and other public sector support to implement health programmes in SMEs. This not only provides economic benefits for companies, but also for society as a whole.
More about the conference... 

NEW! - December 2013 - "Promoting health, preventing disease: is there an economic case?"

"Promoting health, preventing disease: is there an economic case?" is the title of a policy summary by Sherry Merkur, Franco Sassi and David McDaid. It provides an overview of what is known about the economic case for investing in a number of different areas of health promotion and non-communicable disease prevention. The summary highlights that there is an evidence base for controlled trials and well-designed observational studies on the effectiveness of a wide range of health promotion and disease prevention interventions that address risk factors to health, concluding that there is an economics evidence base for health promotion and disease prevention, but that it needs further strengthening. Full text available...

NEW! - December 2013 - EU Council recommendation on promoting health-enhancing physical activity across sectors

The Council recommendation states that physical activity is a prerequisite for a healthy lifestyle and a healthy workforce, in a rapidly ageing European society. It also links the benefits of physical activity with lowered risks for a number of chronic diseases (cardiovascular, some types of cancer). The EU Council recommends that "the Member States work towards effective HEPA (Health Enhancing Physical Activity) policies by developing a cross-sectoral approach involving policy areas including sport, health, education, environment and transport, as well as other relevant sectors." Full text...

NEW! - December 2013 - EU Parliament pilot project on health and safety of older workers

"Safer and healthier work at any age - occupational safety and health (OSH) in the context of an ageing workforce" is investigating OSH policy, strategy, programmes and practices in the member states and beyond to assist policy development and provide examples of good strategies and practices. Views and experience from workplaces will contribute to provide a complete picture of what is taking place and what is needed. 

The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) was invited to share its knowledge on the topic at the conference on "Safer and healthier work at any age" at the European Parliament on 2 December 2013. Ms. Veronique De Broeck, representing the ENWHP Secretariat, talks about the "Holistic approach on Workplace Health Promotion and older workers". 

More about this project
More about ENWHP's 5th initiative on "Healthy Work in an Ageing Europe"

NEW! - December 2013 - "Construction and implementation of business agreements and action plans related to the employment of older workers" - News from NCO

In France, regulation imposes companies to draft an action plan related to the employment of older workers. A research study by ANACT (ENWHP NCO for France) and IRES looks into the implementation of this regulation within French companies. Chapter 1 presents the context and objectives, the procedures for selecting research fields and methodologies, and describes the main characteristics of the companies under study. Chapter 2 analyzes first the process of drafting the agreement or action plan and secondly the content of these texts. Chapter 3 is devoted to an analysis of the measures taken, action by action, and their implementation methods. Chapter 4 provides an analysis of the effects of the regulation, including a typology of the actions and reflection on the advantages and limitations of companies learning processes resulting from the negotiation and implementation of these agreements or action plans.

More info & download the French study here.

NEW! - November 2013 - Conference Board of Canada tackles high cost of absenteeism in Canada

The Conference Board of Canada is in the process of a major research and education initiative on the impact of disability related workplace absences. In order to support this leading-edge initiative, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Conference Board and the National Institute of Disability Managmenent and Research (NIDMAR). For more information...

E-mail: info@idmsc.org
Website: www.idmsc.org

NEW! - November 2013 - Global Healthy Workplace Awards Shanghai 2014

The 2014 Global Healthy Workplace Awards are now open for entries! The Summit will take place in Shanghai next year on 9-10 April. For more information, check out the website. Application entries are open to all employer organisations (profit and not-for-profit) in the following categories:

1. Small and medium-sized enterprises
2. Large scale enterprises
3. Multinational enterprises

A recording and the slides of a webinar on "how to get global recognition?", during which the evaluation criteria and the process are explained as well as questions on the entire programme are discussed, are available online here

NEW! - November 2013 - Final Conference on Healthy and Active Ageing in the Workplace (PROGRESS)

On 14-15 November, the final conference of the project "PROGRESS - Towards Healthy Ageing in Europe" took place in Granada, Spain. The transnational conference focused on informing policymakers, public health and occupational health professionals about the project's findings and results. PROGRESS is a partnership of five European countries established to respond collectively to the policy challenges and opportunities associated with the fact that Europeans are living longer and healthier lives. 

Full presentations are available at http://new.livestream.com/easptv/progress

NEW! - November 2013 - Campaign EU-OSHA for risk prevention closes with European summit

EU-OSHA's "Working together for risk prevention" campaign officially ended with the Healthy Workplaces Summit in Bilbao on 12-13 November 2013. Many of the Agency's campaign partners attended, together with leading European occupational safety and health professionals. For more information about the event, check out:

- press release
- more on the summit
- photos of the event

The event also offered a preview of EU-OSHA's 2014-15 campaign, "Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress", which will be launched in spring 2014. The campaign will continue the collaborative theme and apply it to managing work-related stress and psychosocial risks, the second most reported OSH problem in Europe.

NEW! - November 2013 - THESEIS: training for employees in the waste managment sector

Year after year the European wast managment sector keeps growing. Machines can take over some of the work, but this economic sector still relies heavily on human labour. Because the workers in the waste management sector have to deal with a wide range of risks, the EU Commission decided to set up a training programme for the waste managment workers: THESEIS. Under the Leonardo Da Vinci life long learning programme, the THESEIS project aims to address the need for training on health and safety in the environment industrial sector. Read the full article...

NEW! - October 2013 - First results PH Work closing conference

The first results of the conference on "Workplace Health Practices for Employees with Chronic Illness (22-23 October, Brussels) are available on the conference website www.workadaptedforall.eu The conference concluded the 9th ENWHP initiative and was organized by the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) and Prevent-Foundation, in collaboration with the Belgian National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance. The first results include: the signed Brussels Declaration, the conclusion slides by John Griffiths, a press release, a picture of the awarding ceremony. More results (pictures, presentations etc.) will follow in due time. 

NEW! - September 2013 - 1st Latin American Summit on Healthy Workplaces

Join the Global Healthy Workplace Awards team and human resource (HR) managers, policy makers and health professionals working with local enterprises as well as multinational employers from all over Latin and South America for what promises to be a most interesting and innovative day. The Summit is in conjunction with the ABQV conference (September 30 - October 3). The ABQV attracts over 700 participants from accros South America. Programme... 

NEW! - September 2013 - Evaluating psychosocial risks - News from NCO

"Evaluer les risques psychosociaux, mettre à jour son document unique, c'est possible..." is a colloquium organised by ANACT (ENWHP's National Contact Office for France) on the 1st of October 2013, in Paris. The colloquium discusses how to incorporate psychosocial risks into the French document for risk assessment ("le document unique"), including the approach by ANACT and testimonies by businesses. Programme, more info and registration...

NEW! - August 2013 - "Santiago Declaration" on the state of the economy and health announced

The results of a high level conference, which took place in Santiago de Compostela in July 2013, have just been launched. The conference reviewed the evidence in relation to the impacts of economic change on health and concluded that current responses to economic pressures ignore these impacts at the costs of storing up short and long term health outcomes. The "Santiago Declaration" outlines these impacts and urges political leaders to act to prevent these impacts and to promote a more integrated and humane response to the problems of economic restructuring and unemployment.

NEW! - July 2013 - Visit www.workadaptedforall.eu

The conference "Workplace Health Practices for Employees with Chronic Illness" concludes the 9th European Network for Workplace Health Promotion initiative "Work. Adapted for all. Move Europe". More information and the preliminary programme can be consulted at www.workadaptedforall.eu 

You can also register for the conference online.

NEW! - July 2013 - Health Webinar

On the 2nd of July, CSR Europe organised an expert webinar on the "Learning Network on Health and Wellbeing". The network aims - based on the developed Blueprint for Business Action on Health Literacy - to explore how to strategically improve health and wellbeing at work through systemic and behavioural change by measuring the impact of your strategy, by empowering your employees and by engaging them pro-actively in their health and wellbeing managment.

Please find here the link to the promotional video of the Blueprint for Business Action on Health Literacy, the agenda and the presentation of the webinar.

NEW! - July 2013 - WHP and community development in Romanian rural areas - News from NCO

On 25 June 2013, in Bucharest, Romtens Foundation (NCO Romania), together with its partners organised the final conference of the "Human Resources Development in Rural Communities" strategic project. The 3-year project has been co-financed by the European Social Fund and has been applying a combination of approaches - on the one hand implementing workplace health promotion (WHP) activities, and on the other, activities based on the concept of community development. The workplace health promotion activities were implemented in around 100 enterprises from rural areas for 191 managers and 299 employees who were trained in this field. The conference reunited more than 140 representatives of Romanian local and central public authorities, experts from the field of healthcare, managers of enterprises from the rural areas, employees from the rural areas, as well as employer's associations and employees. Full article...

NEW! - June 2013 - New global partnership in Return to Work

On 10 June 2013, NIDMAR - the Canadian National Institute of Disability Management and Research - signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Social Security Association (ISSA), a UN agency headquartered in Geneva, to better support the global implementation of best practice Return to Work Guidelines. More...

NEW! - June 2013 - Health and safety at the crossroads: EU-OSHA's Annual Report 2012

In tough economic times, when the value of workplace health and safety is being re-evaluated at every level in Europe, EU-OSHA continues to argue that the smartest organisations will not be cutting their investment in this area. In its latest annual report, EU-OSHA shows again how this investment can pay off, both in economic and ethical terms. Read the press release or the full report (english).

NEW! - June 2013 - Health and safety at work: Commission opens public consultation on future EU policy framework

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather insights and contributions from the public further to results of the evaluation of the European Strategy on Safety and Health at Work 2007-2012. This should help identify current and future challenges in the occupational safety and health area, and identify solutions to address these challenges. All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation, which will be open from 31 May 2013 to 26 August 2013. Contributions are particularly sought from representatives of Member States' public authorities, organisations representing employees and employers, and stakeholders and experts with an interest in the area of occupational safety and health. Click here for the public consultation questionnaire.

Join the debate - and have your say on the future of European workplaces

NEW! - June 2013 - Calculating the international return on prevention for companies - Project report

Investment in safety and health in enterprises has a direct and measurable cost-benefit potential, the results of a joint study have found. The study compared data on interventions and analysed practices in over 300 companies from 19 countries. The results indicate that the cost-benefit potential for investments in prevention may be as strong as 1:2.2, and even higher for direct interventions, for example investments in preventive medical check-ups and safety training.
This report is the the result of a common project by the the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the Energy, Textile, Electrical and Media Products Sector (BG ETEM) and the International Social Security Association (ISSA). Download the report here.

NEW! - May 2013 - Global Healthy Workplace Awards Winners

On the 12th of April, the International Global Healthy Workplace Awards were given to businesses, which have developed exemplary workplace health programmes. The ceremony was part of the Global Healthy Workplace Summit, held on 10-12 April 2013 in London. Companies from 28 countries submitted workplace programmes for review by an international panel of public health experts from five continents. More information on the winners and ENWHP involvement...

NEW! - May 2013 - Working Well Survey

The fifth edition of the Working Well survey - a global survey of health promotion and workplace wellness strategies - investigated emerging trends in employer-sponsored health promotion and wellness programmes. More than 1300 organisations from 45 countries took part in the survey conducted by Buck Consultants. The survey found that employers identified "improving worker productivity and reducing presenteeism" as one of their top wellness programme objectives. More info and results... 

NEW! - May 2013 - "Leadership and Coping" by Ghassan O. Qutob

A new research based book which examines the psychological resources of transformational leaders that help them to cope with business world uncertainty more effectively than other styles of less efficient leaders. The book discloses and advises practical principles to assist in the development of leadership cultivation programs. It also synthesizes a modified version of the Salutogenesis self assessment test that is applicable to measure coping in business contexts. More...

NEW! - May 2013 - Job insecurity or job reorganisation thought to be the most common cause of work-related stress

The 3rd edition of the pan-European opinion poll conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work reveals that:

  • Half of the workers across Europe think work-related stress is common, and four in ten think it is not handled well at their workplace.
  • Job insecurity or job reorganisation is thought to be the most common cause of work-related stress across Europe.
  • There is low awareness of programmes or policies to make it easier for workers to continue working up to or beyond the retirement age, though the majority support their introduction. More...

NEW! - April 2013 - Blueprint offers recipe for better health at work

Corporations and academics have teamed up to back a blueprint to improve health literacy in the workplace, saying healthier lifestyles help employees and boost their productivity. The Blueprint for Business Action on Health Literacy is a free toolbox accessible to all companies and organisations aiming to make employees more health literate. More...

NEW! - April 2013 - Social security for healthy societies: Embracing a new mandate for prevention

The technical report presents findings from of a comparative analysis of responses to an ISSA (International Social Security Association) questionnaire from social security institutions in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Morocco, Peru, Tunisia and Uruguay. As well as taking stock of the types and range of preventive health activities available to social security institutions, the project considered three topical areas: early disease prevention in the active population, including workplace initiatives; preventing illness among vulnerable groups; and laying the groundwork for more active and independent ageing. Each of these themes underscores a distinct but related set of priorities and challenges for addressing health risks at early stage and thereby reducing the human, financial and economic costs associated with poor health and accidents. These three topical priorities structure the latter part of the report: 2-social-security-for-healthy-societies.pdf

NEW! - April 2013 - Promotion of mental health as a management task - E-learning tool for managers - News from NCO

The psyGA project (under the project leadership of BKK federal association, NCO Germany) offers practical support in the form of different materials and tools for companies of any size in all industries. The eLearning tool for the promotion of mental health provides easy to understand suggestions explaining how managers can protect their employees from excessive stress and stay healthy themselves. It sensitises superiors for perceiving stress signals and provides support for appropriate dealing with over-stressed employees. In addition, managers receive suggestions for dealing differently with own stress factors. The eLearning programme is aimed at the promotion of mental health by means of a health appropriate management style. It is a fact that stress can have a "contagious" effect. This applies particularly to stress experienced by managers; employers or superiors often pass stress on to their employees. Accordingly, stress prevention always starts with the manager himself. The eLearning tool requires between 45 and 75 minutes - without or with three self-tests: http://psyga.info/elearningtool/. You can also download the tool.

NEW! - April 2013 - Economic analysis of workplace mental health promotion and mental health disorder prevention programmes and of their potential contribution to EU health, social and economic policy objectives

(November 2012) Report commissioned by the European Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) under the EU Health Programme (2008-2013), to assess the potential contribution of mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention programmes to the EU-policy objectives of promoting the sustainability of health and social welfare systems, increasing the employment rate of the population and increasing the productivity of the economy. The study reviewed the existing scientific literature, case studies with Member States and workplaces, and an economic model in order to answer the following questions: past and expected future trends, economic impact of mental disorders, economic return on investment, role of health and social welfare systems, contribution of mainstreamed workplace mental health promotion?

NEW! - March 2013 - CEPH Public Health Training and Capacity Building

The centre for Environment and Population Health (CEPH) at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia) hosts a public health education and training program, including a Master of Sciences in Public Health (International). The program provides students with the knowledge and skills to operate as public health professionals who are able to strategically address and manage current and emerging public health challenges. You can download the brochure here.

NEW! - March 2013 - News from INSHT (Spain) - News from NCO

Since 1996, INSHT as ENWHP National Contact Office has been active in promoting workplace health promotion at national level. In 2011, we launched our WHP website which is one of the most visited INSHT Portals. Since then 21 companies have endorsed the Luxembourg Declaration and 30 have applied for using WHP communication material "Gana en salud: 12 Temas - 12 Meses" (English leaflet). During 2013, a new initiative will be presented during the World Day for Safety and Health at Work event to be held in INSHT headquarters in Madrid the 25th of April. This new initiative, called "Empresas Seguras, Saludables y Sostenibles" (Safe, Healthy and Sustainable organizations) aims at recognizing models of good practice and excellence on WHP among Spanish organizations, fostering networking and supporting companies in designing and implementing WHP interventions. The scheme for accreditation will be published on the WHP website at the end of April. The responsible for the WHP line of action in INSHT also shares information through Twitter, Facebook and a Blog. You can download the English leaflet here.

NEW! - March 2013 - Joint Action Mental Health (2013-2015) Work package 'Promotion of mental health at the workplace' kicked off - News from NCO

The main objective of the Joint Action is to contribute to the promotion of mental health and well-being, the prevention of mental disorders and the improvement of care and social inclusion of people with mental disorders in Europe. The JA will build on the Commission's Green Paper on Improving the Mental Health of the Population in 2005 and the launch of the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being in 2008.

The JA involves 28 countries. Working together in eight working packages (WP), the BKK federal association (Germany), as the delegated leader for 'Promotion of mental health at the workplace' (WP 6), was hosting its Kick-off meeting in Berlin on 25-26 February 2013.

Taking the occasion of the Kick-off meeting 13 representatives from the different participating countries, among them also members of the ENWHP, like Finland, France, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Ireland, met in Berlin to discuss on major points concerning mental health in each country and develop a framework of action for the upcoming years of work. More information on website of Joint Action (under construction).

NEW! - January 2013 - First Global Healthy Workplace Awards - Open for Applications until February 10

The ENWHP encourages European employers to apply to the 1st Global Healthy Workplace Awards program. The Awards Summit will be held on April 10-12, 2013 in London. The Global Awards program follows the World Health Organization Healthy Workplace Model for Action and will recognize employers in three categories: small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large enterprises (over 250 employess) and specialized programs (employers of all sizes who run a particularly innovative workplace health promotion program in some but not necessarily all of the components). The IAWHP serves on the advisory board. The application deadline is February 10, 2013. Learn more about the program.

NEW! - December 2012 - Closing conference PHWork: Save the date!

On 22-23 October 2013, the 9th ENWHP initiative 'Promoting Healthy Work for Employees with Chronic Illness - Public Health and Work (PHWork)' will be concluded with a large conference in Brussels. The aims of this conference are 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 will reunite 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 will be presented to the public.

NEW! - 'PHWork partners support the World Diabetes Day'

14 November 2012

Since 1991, the 14th of November is marked 'World Diabetes Day' (WDD). The more than 346 million people that suffer from diabetes worldwide deserve to be in the picture for a day. But most of all, this day is important for raising global awareness on diabetes, its escalating rates and how to prevent this chronic illness. Without intervention the number of people with diabetes is likely to double by 2030. Consequently, there is also a strong argument for discussing diabetes in the context of workplace health promotion. Since the number of employees with type 2 diabetes in Europe is already high and further will increase dramatically in the coming years, especially when the retirement age increases, it is becoming a huge challenge for the workplaces to handle this new burden of disease.  

The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) works towards introducing effective workplace health practices, by creating a favourable culture and by providing guidance and a number of tools to employers, to help make a difference for employees. The current ENWHP initiative, called 'Promoting Healthy Work for People with Chronic Illness - Public Health and Work' (PHWork, 2011-2013), also concerns employees with diabetes. The objective of the initiative is to promote healthy, suitable work for those suffering the consequences of a chronic illness.

ENWHP has developed tools for employers to create a favourable culture and to help make a difference for employees with a chronic illness through a comprehensive health promotion strategy;

-       A European guide to good practice presents a step-by-step action plan for employers;

-       Models of good practice promote awareness and provide real life examples for employers to learn from;

-       A European-wide campaign - also implemented at national level - is aiming to convince companies to put the guidelines at the heart of their human resources management policies and practices.

 

NEW! - November 2012 - 'Physical activity, obesity, nutrition and diabetes: interrelated challenges at the workplace' - ENWHP round table

The European Network for Workplace Health Promotion (ENWHP) organises a round table on 'Physical activity, obesity, nutrition and diabetes: interrelated challenges at the workplace' in Copenhagen (Denmark) on 12 November 2012.

ENWHP presents you with three lectures during this round table:
1. ActivatEU - the Social Innovation Lab for an Active and Healthy Europe
(Mr Steve Bell, NHS Health Scotland)

2. Diabetes as the hidden challenge for future WHP
(Dr Kjeld Poulsen, Steno Health Promotion Centre)

3. Nutrition, physical activity and obesity & the European network for Health-Enhancing Physical Activity
(Dr Joao Breda, World Health Organisation)
   
To register, please write an e-mail to nettie.vanderauwera@prevent.be before the 6th of November 2012. Attendance is free of charge.

NEW! - November 2012 - 'Travailler avec une maladie chronique / Working with a chronic illness' - News from NCO

On Thursday, December 13 of 2012, ANACT - the ENWHP's French NCO - organises a national dissemination event for the PH Work project in Paris, called 'Travailler avec une maladie chronique'. PH Work is the 9th ENWHP initiative on how to promote healthy work for employees with a chronic illness. The programme of the event can be downloaded here both in English and in French.

NEW! - November 2012 - 'Workers' participation and middle management's involvement' - News from NCO

INSHT - ENWHP's Spanish NCO - has developed material for increasing workers' awareness on 12 topics related to workplace health promotion. The material '12 temas - 12 meses'  or '12 themes - 12 months' is made available for free in electronic format to interested companies that want to develop a campaign or go deeper into a specific topic fostering workers' participation and middle management's involvement. Each topic includes a poster accompanied with a short slogan for catching the workers' attention, cards for the individual with short and very practical explanations on the theme and a toolbox talks for middle managers in order to help them to lead discussions among workers and to guide them on finding opportunities for improvement. A user manual is made available to companies to facilitate the application of these materials in different situations.

NEW! - November 2012 - 'Relation contractors - subcontractors and impact on working conditions' - News from NCO

ANACT, the French Agency for the Amelioration of Working Conditions and ENWHP's NCO for France, managed a project with 6 other partners involved that started in December 2010 on 'Social regulation between contractors and subcontractors in industrial sector during restructuring times. How to improve employment and working conditions in industrial subcontracting?'. The project concerns itself with the social regulation (employment, development of qualifications, well-being at work) between contractors and subcontractors in the industrial sector in 5 countries (France, UK, Germany, Hungary and Spain). The project aims to investigate the different practices in these countries and to promote exchanges of experiences and good practice on this subject in Europe. A leaflet in English, including recommendations and information on the toolkit, can be consulted here.

NEW! - November 2012 - 'A model for Company self-assessment of CSR performance' - News from NCO

INAIL - our NCO for Italy - has been working on a three-year project to set up a model for Company self-assessment of Corporate Social Responsibility performance (CSR). INAIL collaborated with QUINN on this project. The resulting model builds on the culture of self-assessment for enterprises and is structured in multi-levels. The last level includes questions addressed to the SMEs.You can read the complete description of this model below.

NEW! - November 2012 - 'The Romtens Foundation (Romania): current projects and upcoming events' - News from NCO

One of the projects the Romtens Foundation is involved in, concerning workplace health promotion, is titled 'The EWA project: European Workplaces and Alcohol'. The project is financed by the EU Public Health Programme 2008-2013 and addresses the issue of alcohol consumption and its effects on the workplace. More than 17 European organizations work together on this project, which includes research, on-the-field interventions and strategic work. Another project of our Romanian NCO, 'The PSCR project: Developing human resources in rural communities', aims at introducing the concepts of workplace health promotion, community development and partnerships for health within 19 communes (rural localities comprised of several villages) from Romania.

Upcoming events (co-) organised by the Romtens Foundation are the 13th Summer School of the European Association of Schools of Occupational Medicine (EASOM) - this year's theme is Workplace Health Promotion - and a seminar in Bucharest on 'The European Social Fund and its role in supporting public health projects: the European experience' together with the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). A past seminar on 'Class and e-learning in occupational medicine for undergraduate students' concluded the EMUTOM (the European Module for Undergraduate Teaching of Occupational Medicine) project. A more extensive description of the listed projects and events by the Romtens Foundation, is available below.

NEW! - October 2012 - 'Webinars on Mental Health Promotion' - Survey

The European Network for Mental Health Promotion (ENMHP) are about to offer a new service to members and non-members ? Webinars on Mental Health Promotion (MHP) and related topics. Remote training needs to be supplemented by a more personal approach and webinars offer a potential solution in that regard.

The ENMHP would like to assess its audience's level of interest in taking part in webinars. If you could complete the questionnaire (10 mins) by 16 November 2012, it will help them to design webinars that will meet your needs to the maximum extent possible.

NEW! - October 2012 - 'WORK - Continuities and Disruptions in Modern Life' - Call for papers

A call for papers was issued for the First International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work, called 'WORK?Continuities and Disruptions in Modern Life'. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers with different disciplinary backgrounds interested in any aspect of work and working life.

Date of the conference: 21-23 August 2013, Venue: University of Turku, Turku School of Economics, Finland. Abstract submissions by: 15 January 2013 - Please submit a research paper and/or presentation on the many aspects of work, working life and work systems. Accepted papers will be presented as either oral presentations or posters and will appear in the conference proceedings. The topics of interest are liste on the website of the conference.

NEW! - August 2012 - 'Healthy ageing in a working society' - WDPI 2012 Conference

On 22-24 October 2012, the second Scientific Conference on Work Disability Prevention and Integration (WDPI) will take place at the University Medical Center in Groningen (the Netherlands). The theme of the conference is 'Healthy ageing in a working society' and the following topics will be addressed:

- From disability to ability
- Early detection and work disability prevention
- Towards a sustainable working life

WDPI 2012 is a conference for research on preventing work disability and promoting safe and sustained return to work across a range of conditions. It is organized to provide a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary and international exchange of ideas on preventing work disability. 

The conference includes oral sessions on mental disorders, socio-political & economic challenges, qualitative RTW-studies, musculoskeletal disorders, healthy ageing at work... and topical sessions on cancer and work, disability evaluation towards ability, facilitating self-management of chronic disorders in the workplace...

For more information on the program, keynote speakers, registration costs, venue etc. check out the website of the University Medical Center in Groningen.  

New! - August 2012 - Open Days debate 'Healthy Ageing: Acting for innovation at regional and local level'

A consortium of six European regions - including Doubs Department (FR), Lodzkie Region (PL), Free State of Saxony (DE), Region of Southern Denmark (DK), Limousin Region (FR) and Tampere City (FI) - organises an Open Days debate on healthy ageing, inspired by the 'European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012'.

The Open Days event will take place on the 9th of October 2012 in Brussels and is divided into two parts: 1) The debate will bring together regional and local representatives from across Europe to discuss innovative policy solutions to face the challenge of healthy ageing launching the new Covenant of Mayors on Demographic Change. 2) A brokerage event will follow the debate bringing together practitioners from public authorities, universities and research organizations and business representatives.

For more information and to sign up, go to www.opendays.europa.eu

NEW! - August 2012 - Global Survey on Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies - EXTENDED TO AUGUST 31

Extra incentive: if one country gets more than 60 responses a special country report will be prepared free of charge.

The 2012 Global Survey on Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies is now open for participation (deadline 30th of July - extended to 31st of August)! The ENWHP strongly encourages employers to complete the 5th edition of this survey! It is designed to gain insight into how employers around the world implement and evaluate strategic wellness and health promotion initiatives. The survey is open to employers of every size in all industries and regions of the world. Last edition included responses from more than 1,200 employers in 45 countries.  

Links to the survey in: ENGLISH - FRENCH - SPANISH

NEW! - August 2012 - PEROSH paper on sustainable workplaces of the future

PEROSH, the Partnership for European Research in Occupational Safety and Health, has published an interesting new paper on 'Sustainable workplaces of the future - European Research Challenges for Occupational Safety and Health'. Via a consultation process, the PEROSH members identified the major trends and future challenges in the world of work and their impact on OSH. They also analysed future research needs, solutions and deliverables that will be necessary in the long run to ensure a healthy working life for Europe's workforce. The consultation of the PEROSH member institutes led to the prioritisation of seven main research challenges that are significantly prevalent and innovative in terms of preventing ill health and occupational accidents.

1. Sustainable employability to prolong working life
2. Disability prevention and reintegration
3. Psychosocial well-being in a sustainable working organisation
4. Multifactorial genesis of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)
5. New technologies as a field of action for OSH
6. Occupational risks related to engineered nanomaterials (ENM)
7. Safety culture to prevent occupational accidents

Please find the full paper and a presentation below. You can also find more information on this new paper on the website of PERSOSH.

NEW! - July 2012 - Achievements EU Commission in the field of health

A new brochure about recent achievements of the Commission in the field of health is now available online: 'Health in the EU - What is in it for you? Recent achievements'.

It showcases what the EU has done to improve people's health status. The actions of particular interest for the ENWHP are the ones concerning the 3rd Multi-Annual EU Health Programme (2014-2020), the risk factors of chronic diseases, and active and healthy ageing.

NEW! - July 2012 - Workers' Health Education, a database with learning materials for workers' health 

Worker's Health Education is an initiative aiming to stimulate and support education and training in basic occupational safety and health knowledge and skills all over the world. The website was officially launched in March 2012 and contains good quality learning materials - in general, free of charge. It also has a Forum, via which users can exchange questions and all kind of basic services, experiences, plans, programs, curricula etc. You can also subscribe to the Workers' Health Education - newsletter.

NEW! - June 2012 - Global Survey on Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies

The 2012 Global Survey on Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies is now open for participation (deadline 30th of July)! The ENWHP strongly encourages employers to complete the 5th edition of this survey! It is designed to gain insight into how employers around the world implement and evaluate strategic wellness and health promotion initiatives. The survey is open to employers of every size in all industries and regions of the world. Last edition included responses from more than 1,200 employers in 45 countries.  

Links to the survey in: ENGLISH - FRENCH - SPANISH