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New Forms of Work and Occupational Safety and Health 2017

Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) Thematic Day and occupational safety and health (OSH) conference “New Forms of Work and Occupational Safety and Healt"

In collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Labor Inspectorate was holding a SLIC (Senior Labor Inspectors Committee) thematic day and an occupational health and safety conference “New forms of work and occupational health and safety” on 8th of November 2017.

During the conference in Tallinn, experts, practitioners, social partners and scientists were discussing how European high occupational health and safety standards can be ensured and followed at a time when work content, working environment and the relevant habits have changed.

The first panel started with a presentation by Mr. Denis Pennel, Managing Director of the World Employment Confederation, who was talking about employees’ and employers’ readiness to embrace changes. Aino-Silvia Tali from a start-up company ‘Testlio’ and Kai Realo from Circle K Eesti were sharing their experience of new entrepreneurship models and new generations on the labor market. The second panel featured William Cockburn of the EU-OSHA talking about new work formats and the occupational health and safety regulation. Dr. Jukka Takala, managing director of the Workplace Health and Safety Institute of Singapore, provided an overview of research data to explain what affects employee health and safety.

Andreas Tautz, Chief Medical Officer at Deutsche Post DHL Group, was sharing the experience of successfully implementing the occupational health and safety system. The key presentation of the third panel was that by David Walters, Professor of Work Environment & Director of Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre at Cardiff University, providing an overview of European labor inspectorates, their various models and preparedness for facing new challenges. Håkan Olsson from the Swedish Work Environment Authority was talking about the role of the labor inspectorate in the in transformed society. Dr. Stephen Kinghorn-Perry introduced the goal of the Great Britain’s occupational health and safety system: risk mitigation control in the changing working environment.

The conference was opened by the Director General of the Labor Inspectorate, Maret Maripuu, Deputy Secretary General on Labor and Employment Policy at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Janar Holm, and Charlotte Grevfors Ernoult from the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion within the European Commission.