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close this bookTowards Good Practice in Health, Environment and Safety Management in Industrial and other Enterprises (WHO, 1999, 13 pages)
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International cooperation

46. International organizations (such as the WHO Regional Office for Europe, ILO, UNEP, OECD and the World Bank) and the European Union, its institutions and its agencies, play an important role in facilitating GPHESM, whether jointly, alone or in collaboration with Member States. Such organizations are invited to undertake the following actions:

· to make joint efforts to coordinate support for the development and implementation, in all countries of the European Region, of national systems to encourage GPHESM in industrial and other enterprises, compatible with national cultures and traditions;

· to initiate GPHESM pilot projects;

· to develop input, process and outcome indicators for monitoring, comparing and evaluating HESM performance;

· to build up systems for the collection and analysis of relevant data for evaluating and designing national and international policies on HESM in enterprises;

· to develop joint activities in education and training in different areas of HESM, particularly in the countries of central and eastern Europe and the newly independent States;

· to develop audit tools for national systems to support GPHESM in enterprises and provide support to international audit, at the request of the government of any given country;

· to develop a glossary of the main terminology used in the area of multidisciplinary and multisectoral HESM in enterprises; and

· to issue in one or more of the four working languages of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, key national documents in the area of HESM, in order to facilitate the exchange of information among countries.

The European Environment and Health Committee (EEHC) identified the need for this document in 1996. An initial consultation was held with experts from the government sector, enterprises, academics and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to develop the concept. Further consultations were held with the Government of Poland (as lead country), government representatives, enterprises, NGOs and trade unions, and external reviewers. An intergovernmental consultation for Member States in WHO'S European Region was held in 1998, and drafts were also reviewed by EEHC.


R. Anderson, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EFILWC), Ireland

A. Blázquez, Asociación Española de Normalización y Certificación, Spain

G. Breucker, Bundesverband der Betriebskrankenkassen, Germany

B. Brückner, Hessisches Ministerium für Frauen, Arbeit und Sozialordnung, Germany

J. Busson, European Council of Chemical Manufacturers Federation (CEFIC), Belgium

A. Cantineau, Hôpital Civil, Strasbourg, France

A. Englund, National Board of Occupational Safety and Health, Sweden

A. Flückiger, Hoffmann-La Roche, Switzerland

J. Järvisalo, Social Insurance Institution, Finland

J. Ferguson-Smith, ICI, United Kingdom

N. Izmerov, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Russian Federation

P. Kaitaniemi, Neste Oy, Finland

I. Kruszewska, Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED), United Kingdom

J. Kundiev, Institute of Occupational Health, Ukraine

M. Lamberg, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

S. Lehtinen, Institute of Occupational Health, Finland

H. Litske, EFILEWC, Ireland

J. Mossink, Nederlands Instituut voor Arbeidsomstandigheden, Netherlands

A. Parvinen, Rauma Corporation, Finland

A. Pinter, National Institute of Public Health, Hungary

J. Rantanen, Institute of Occupational Health, Finland

P. Rookmaaker, Arbo Management Groep, Netherlands

P. Roto, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

L. Royer, Trade Union Advisory Council (OECD) and International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, France

J. de Saedeleer, Procter & Gamble, Belgium

M. Spallek, Volkswagen A.G., Germany

S. Tarkowski, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Poland

Y. van der Voort, Environmental Resources Management (ERM), Netherlands

A. Wannag, Directorate of Labour Inspection, Norway

R. West, United Nations Environment and Development UK Committee (UNED-UK), United Kingdom

G. Zwetsloot, Nederlands Instituut voor Arbeidsomstandigheden, Netherlands

In addition to the contributors above, WHO gratefully acknowledges the support provided by the Government of Poland, Proctor & Gamble and UNED-UK.