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HOSPEEM and EPSU’s social partners’ conference a success

Official Campaign Partners HOSPEEM and EPSU jointly hosted a conference in Helsinki, Finland on 10 November for social partners about approaches to the issue of psychosocial risks and stress at work in the hospital/healthcare sector. They highlighted good practices for assessing risks and identified prevention measures.
Nov 27, 2015

The conference was realised by HOSPEEM (the European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association) and EPSU (European Federation of Public Service Unions) with the support of EPSU’s affiliates JHL, Superlitto, and Tehy. The conference brought together about 85 participants from more than 20 European countries and gave sector-specific attention to the role and initiatives of social partners from local to national and European levels.

The conference was held in the context of a joint project of HOSPEEM and EPSU titled ‘Assessing health and safety risks in the hospital sector and the role of the social partners in addressing them: the case of musculoskeletal disorders and psycho-social risks and stress at work’, which has been carried out with financial support from the European Commission.  

Presentations from Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom illustrated how preventive actions, risk assessment and good management of psycho-social risks and stress at work can contribute to improved workers’ health and safety, to better quality care for the patients, to more attractive retention conditions for the workforce in the hospital sector and to improved efficiency in the management of healthcare institutions.   

The European Hospital and Healthcare Employers’ Association (HOSPEEM) represents national employers’ organisations at the European level that operate in the hospital and healthcare sectors.

The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU) has over 265 affiliates in about 45 countries that organise around 8 million public service workers in sectors such as energy, water and waste, health and social services and local and national administrations.

An additional 250 persons followed the conference via live-streaming.

For more information on joint project click on the webpages of HOSPEEM or EPSU.

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