The Irish Presidency Conference - April 29th and 30th - RDS Dublin

Small Business and Workplace Safety and Health; The Challenge; The Opportunity

The Health and Safety Authority had the honour to organise and present this conference during our Presidency. The conference was supported by the EU Progress Fund.

The management of Health and Safety at work is a key success measure in every member state of the EU. It tells us much about our values and principles within the overall framework of employment and inclusion. Our collective performance in this area merits continuous promotion and support. We hope that the 2007 to 2012 EU Strategy on Safety and Health will be replaced by a strong and sustainable strategy for the coming five years or so and thus provide a leadership framework from which member states can draft their own tailored strategies.

The theme chosen for our conference is topical and relevant - SMEs are the majority of our workplaces. The conference afforded the opportunity to discuss how small and micro businesses can protect their workers whilst remaining profitable and growing their business. These twin objectives complement each other. The conference debated issues of challenge for such businesses; how the legislation impacts them; the advantages that can be gained for these businesses when they successfully manage safety and health. The conference also heard of case studies of success from small companies and learned of the tools and supports that can make a difference and make the task simpler for businesses.

In this section of our website we display all the presentations and papers from the conference.

Again we thank all those that contributed - both as speakers, chairpersons and enthusiastic delegates. We look forward to working closely with you all when we apply the learning from our recent conference.

The information contained herein does not necessarily reflect the position or opinion of the European Commission.

Conference Agendapdf_icon

Day 1

  1. Opening Address - Minister Richard Brutonpdf_icon
  2. Address by EU Commissioner Andorword icon
  3. Address by Dr Christa Sedlatschekword icon


Day 2

  1. Small Business - Challenges and Opportunities from legislation - Teresa Moitinho (European Commission)powerpoint icon
  2. Small Business and Working Conditions - Jean-Michel Miller (Eurofound)powerpoint icon
  3. Case Study - Finland - Tapani Smatt (MeramaTec OY)powerpoint icon
  4. Case Study - Belgium - Sophie Gilles, (CIBO)powerpoint icon
  5. OiRA Project - Dr Christa Sedlatschek (OSHA Bilbao)powerpoint icon
  6. Taking Care of Business Project - (Kay Baxter, Ireland)powerpoint icon
  7. Panel Presentation - Kris de Meester - Business Europe/ACSHpdf_icon
  8. Panel Presentation - Wim Van Veelen - ACSHpowerpoint icon
  9. Panel Presentation - Brian Higgisson - SLICword icon
  10. Panel Presentation Ulrik Spannow - EFBWWword icon
  11. Panel Presentation - Helen Hoffmann - UEAPMEpdf_icon
  12. Panel Presentation - Jesus Alvarez (European Commissionword icon
  13. Closing Address - Armindo Silva (European Commission)word icon
  14. Closing Address - Martin O'Halloran - HSAword icon