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Luxembourg: an opportunity to raise workers concerns on standards' impact on OHS

The Advisory Committee on Safety and Health at Work (ACSHW) has set up the Working Party (WP) on “Standardisation” to facilitate discussions between national administrations, trade unions and employers' organisation on standardisation, with a particular focus on the growing European and international standardisation activity related to Occupational Safety and Health. The mandate of the WP includes:

  1. Assessing OSH-related standardisation activities.
  2. Assessing OSH-related standardization mandates issued by the European Commission
  3. Assessing the role of standards in supporting the requirements of OSH legislation.

The WP also seeks the exchange of information and co-operation with CENELEC and CEN, in particular with CEN–SABOHS, the Strategic Advisory Body for Occupational Health and Safety of the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN).

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The WP operates according to the following Mandate:

The following Report (submitted to the attention of the ACSH Plenary of December 2012) summarises the challenges faced by the Working Party in promoting more awareness of the social dimension of standardisation:

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