Good practices in the work environment are measures taken into use by an employer for ensuring health and safety at work place that have shown consistently better results than other measures that have been in use. Good practices are possible to use as a guide in other organizations.

Since 2009 the Labour Inspectorate collects and disseminates best practices of work environment, which could serve as good examples to enterprises that aim to improve their work environment but do not have ideas for that. In this section we communicate good practice of work environment of Estonian enterprises, where to the well-being and safety of workers has been contributed more than is required by law. There are thematic sub-sections to facilitate finding of the required examples.

Welcome are also success stories from companies who, after reading the section, find that their experience is also worth sharing! If you think that steps have been taken in your enterprise for ensuring better safety, health and well-being of workers, then notify Olga Kurdovskaja, Chief Specialist in Public Relations of the Labour Inspectorate thereof (Olga.Kurdovskaja|ät| For introducing your solution you may use the form for submitting the best practice.

What is a good practice like?

Necessary — there is a problem to be solved.

Target group-oriented — the solution to the problem will be helpful to a specific target group.

Innovative /resourceful — an innovative solution has been proposed to solve the problem or the problem has been dealt with at another angle.

Practicable/reproducible — the practice also serves as an example to other employers and it can be implemented without imposing unreasonable costs.

Efficient — the solution to the problem taken into use is effective and it is possible to prove it by measurements or other indicators.

*Educational/awareness raising — in the course of implementation of the practice employees awareness of safety and health at work is raised.

• *User-friendly — simplifies and facilitates work and it is convenient for the user to use it.

* This criterion is not mandatory but it gives an advantage in the competition. In case of being one of the top three and having the same score with another good practice example, an educational or awareness raising or user-friendly example will be added one additional point. If the practice meets both criteria, still only one additional point will be added.

Collection and dissemination of best practices is supported by the European Social Fund.