The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) organised a two day benchmarking event on March 5-6 in Brussels for its campaign partners and asked ICF Mostra to help out. The innovative format of this event brought together healthy and safety managers from top European companies such as Heineken and Lego for a series of workshops to present and discuss best practices regarding occupational safety and health (OSH) issues – including how to tackle psychosocial risks and stress in the workplace, which happens to be topic of the agency’s current Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign.
Psychosocial risks and workplace stress are issues known to contribute to problems like employee burnout and absenteeism, which cost the European economy billions of euros each year. The overall idea of the benchmarking event was for companies to gain new insight from each other and encourage them to improve their OSH standards, thus minimising accident and injury rates while creating happier and healthier workplaces.
In addition to the benchmarking workshops, Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, made an appearance at the event in order to hand over this year’s Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards in the category of ‘Campaign Partner’. Siemens was the winner for their work done in managing work-related stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace, while Airbus and Acciona Energia were the runners up.
To help EU-OSHA, ICF Mostra coordinated media relations around the event by inviting members of the Brussels press core to attend, prepared press pack materials for them, and promoted the event to EU-OSHA’s stakeholders though through the agency’s communication channels. Impressive media coverage was attained.
'Siemens receives their Good Practice Award from EU Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and EU-OSHA Director Christa Sedlatschek.' ©EU-OSHA