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2012 - Less dust follow-up

This action of the European Social Partner organisations of the wood sector, EFBWW and CEI-Bois, was organised in 2012/2013 with the financial support of the European Commission. The project aimed at providing additional translations and further dissemination of an existing brochure ("Less Dust") for better prevention against wood dust in the workplace. It is part of the current working programme of the European social dialogue wood. The action is a follow-up activity to a project which was conducted by the European Social Partners between May 2009 and April 2010 (VS/2009/0145). At that time, the brochure which was published in English, Italian, German, French and Spanish received extremely good feed-back. Therefore, this action aims to provide other language versions to stakeholders at sectoral and workplace level.

The action was valuable not only by disseminating information and fostering prevention activities, but also in encouraging joint social partner activities at company and sector level and was therefore supporting social dialogue at national respectively company level.

The action put special emphasis on new member states and candidate countries. It encouraged social partners to jointly improve their prevention activities related to preventing wood dust exposure and therefore, has contributed to Europe's occupational safety and health strategy 2007 - 2012, namely the better application of EU-legislation. Against this background, the action further supported worker participation at workplace level, namely via the activating seminars and the good practice examples in the brochure.

These aspects as well as the dissemination of the brochure were supported and initiated by one day seminars in some of the EU countries (Bulgaria, Italy, Lithuania and Poland). The seminars gathered firstly the social partners (from social partner organisations and from company level), but also other stakeholders such as prevention institutions, labour inspectorates and producers of wood-processing machinery. Because of this heterogeneous participation, the seminars proved to provide an excellent communication platform and became an initiator for activities and joint activities in better prevention.

Below please find the less dust brochure in 7 languages: