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Marian Schaapman

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Health and Safety, Working Conditions
Head of Unit Health & Safety and Working Conditions
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Marian Schaapman is Head of the Unit Health & Safety and Working Conditions of the Research Department of the ETUI since October 2017. The position brings together many aspects of her working activities and ambitions.
Marian, who holds a degree in Law and Public Administration of the University of Amsterdam, was the director of the Dutch Trade Union Confederation FNV’s Occupational Diseases Office (Bureau Beroepsziekten) from 2009 until 2017. This office, set up in 2000, is exclusively dedicated to the issue of occupational diseases. It evolved from an office providing legal help to individual victims of occupational diseases to get financial compensation, to a key player in the field of compensation and prevention of occupational diseases in the Netherlands, both with regards national policymaking as well as influencing legal developments (litigation strategy and legal theory) and as a source for scientific analysis and knowledge.
In her FNV period, Marian was already connected with ETUI, both as a member of its Advisory Board, as well as participant in research projects and conferences on the prevention and compensation of occupational diseases. Illustrative of this connection are also the following articles in HesaMag, the ETUI magazine on workplace health and safety:

- Heuts, P. FNV Union makes employers pay up for work-related diseases, HesaMag #7, 2013
- Heuts, P. “We didn’t know how dangerous it was.” Former DuPont workers invoke the responsibility of the chemical giant, HesaMag #14, 2016

Marian also acquired broad academic experience as a labor law and policy researcher at the University of Amsterdam’s Hugo Sinzheimer Institute from 1994 until 2012. She conducted research in a wide range of areas from working conditions and occupational diseases to labor relations and gender equality. During this period she also was a correspondent for the European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO). She was co-author of the ETUI-publication on the implementation of the OSH Framework Directive in 7 member-states (David Walters (red.), Regulating Health and Safety Management in the European Union. A Study of the Dynamics of Change, Peter Lang, 2002).
Marian started her working life in health care practice, working 5 years as an occupational therapist in different settings.

Areas of activity

Working conditions, Health & Safety


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