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European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) was set up in 1994 by Council Regulation (EC) No 2062/94, with the task of collecting, analysing and disseminating relevant technical, scientific and economic information that can serve the needs of people involved in safety and health at work. The Agency is also responsible to promote and support cooperation and exchange of information and experience amongst the Member States in the field of safety and health at work, organizes conferences and seminars and exchanges of experts from the Member States, provides technical, scientific and economic information on methods and tools for implementing preventive activities, identifies good practices and promotes preventive actions and  contributes to the development of Community strategies and action programmes relating to the protection of safety and health at work.

The Agency is currently based in Bilbao, Spain.

The Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) is a web platform that enables the creation of sectoral risk assessment tools in any language in an easy and standardised way.
It is developed and maintained by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and it is based on the Dutch risk assessment instrument.

Why was the OiRA project developed?
OiRA aims to overcome the challenges faced by employers, particularly micro and small enterprises (MSEs) when attempting to fulfil their legal obligations to conduct risk assessment (e.g. due to lack of resources, lack of OHS competence etc).

The OiRA project is the first initiative at EU level to encourage European MSEs to assess their risks (mainly via Member States and social partners - employers’ and employees’ organisations - at EU and Member State levels).

What are OiRA’s objectives?
At a European level:
  1. to increase the number of MSEs in Europe assessing and managing their occupational risks;
  2. to contribute (through proper risk assessment) to reducing the number of occupational accidents and diseases, and to improving working conditions;
  3. to help enterprises (through proper risk assessment) to become more competitive (by cutting costs arising from occupation accidents and illness, reducing rates of sick leave, etc.).

At national and sectoral levels:
  1. to put practical OiRA tools at the disposal of micro and small organisations through their websites and to promote their use;
  2. to contribute to national objectives of reducing the number of occupational diseases and accidents by putting OiRA tools at the disposal of enterprises.

At company level:
  1. to ensure the safety and health of workers (a general duty of employers and enterprises) by encouraging the use of OiRA tools at company and shop floor levels, thereby putting in place a sound risk assessment process;
  2. to demystify the process of risk assessment;
  3. to improve working conditions by promoting use of the tool to assess occupational risks, thus improving companies’ performance.

4 OiRA tools have been specifically developed for the Maltese employers and take into consideration local occupational health and safety legislation to facilitate their use.

OiRA tools may be accessed from: https://oiraproject.eu/en/oira-tools

At the end of the 2016 Amsterdam conference on work related cancer, six key European organisations took the initiative for an action scheme to raise awareness about the risks arising from exposure to carcinogens in the workplace and exchange good practices. This action scheme was named “Roadmap on Carcinogens”.

Users may also access a number of factsheets on specific carcinogenic substances in many European languages, including Maltese from the same site.