Articles Tagged with ''european''

“Burdensome regulations” being hotly debated – in Europe

REACH chemical safety law is targeted
March 27, 2013

In a move that echoes one made on this side of the Atlantic, the European Commission plans to review – and possibly eliminate -- regulations that it says are hindering business growth and job creation. In a reaction that echoes some heard on this side of the Atlantic, labor and workers’ rights advocates are not happy about the plan.


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EU takes a “Europe-wide approach” to offshore oil, gas safety

Licensees must have enough capital to handle disaster
March 26, 2013

The European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament have reached agreement on a new Directive that addresses the risks of major accidents from offshore oil and gas operations in EU waters.


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Europe amends five key worker health, safety directives

Review is “painfully slow going”
March 14, 2013

The European Commission has announced plans to amend five health and safety at work Directives, in order to align them with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), but critics charge that the changes won’t make workers any safer.


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A complicated challenge: Ensuring health and safety in supply chains

Workers can be safeguarded through cooperation
February 20, 2013

Increasingly, businesses are outsourcing their activities and processes. But what implications does the growing importance of supply chains have for working conditions? A new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) sheds light on occupational safety and health (OSH) within these complex networks of suppliers and service providers.


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Comparing U.S. and U.K sustainable business practices

February 19, 2013

What a rollercoaster ride! It has been five years since I moved to New York to open our US office. My arrival here coincided with the worst financial crash since the Depression, a time when you were unsure whether there would be any cash in the ATM, let alone a market for sustainability advice.


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European companies failing to manage psychosocial risks

December 6, 2012

Despite widespread concern about work-related stress and workplace violence, most European companies still don’t have procedures in place for managing psychosocial risks, according to two new reports from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).


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REACH: five years on, is it delivering?

November 27, 2012

REACH, the European chemical regulation has been under implementation since June 2007. Five years later, the ETUI chemical hazards expert Tony Musu takes stock of this ambitious reform.


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EU adopts compromise on electromagnetic exposure reg review

November 12, 2012

The European Union (EU) has reached an informal agreement on the review of legislation to limit worker exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) – although it does not take into consideration demands from trade unions to look at the long-term effects on human health of exposure to these fields.


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European nano safety review slammed as inadequate

October 9, 2012

A nanomaterial review meant to quell concerns raised by European legislators fails to propose a strategy for protecting nanotechnology workers, says the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI).


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Oil, gas industry reps get up to speed on biofuels sustainability

October 2, 2012

Representatives from the oil and gas industry, government inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), consultants and educational institutes met in Brussels, Belgium last month for a Biofuels sustainability standards and regulations workshop.


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