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Title: The Occupational Health and Safety Authority


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The OccupationalHealth and SafetyAuthority
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  • 17, Edgar Ferro Street, Pieta

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The future, mirrored in the past?
  • OHSA Act brought fully into force on 29th
    January 2002.
  • Activities
  • Workplace visits 5000
  • Equipment certificates vetted 9000
  • Hours of training delivered 2500
  • Staff development man hours 4500
  • Press releases / letters to editors 150
  • Sets of regulations published 22

4
  • Prosecutions (2005 data)
  • Decided cases 57
  • Pending cases 49
  • New cases 63
  • (Average number of Court Sessions per case 2
    3)
  • (Fatal accidents average number of sessions
    for compilation of evidence 1/month)

5
  • Other non visible activities
  • EU reporting duties
  • bureaucratic systems (paperwork etc)
  • liaisons with other local entities, Ministries,
    Government Departments
  • attendance at meetings
  • preparatory work for all events
  • etc, etc

6
Projects managed by OHSA
  • Refurbishment of new premises Lm300,000
  • UK/EIRE/Malta Twinning 980,000euros
  • Malta/UK/Europe Action Plan 100,000euros
  • 2 EU Agency for Safety Health Projects
    120,000euros
  • Transitional facility 400,000euros
  • SLIC Construction campaign 50,000euros

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Other EU/Malta interactions
  • At least three formal evaluation visits
  • (OHS, Seveso, RaSSIA Safety and Security of RA
    sources)
  • Multiple audits
  • Participation in Working Groups / Parties
    (Indicators, Manual Handling of Loads, Hospital
    Sector, Construction, Committee of Competent
    Authorities)
  • Participation in meetings of statutory bodies
    (SLIC, ACSH, EU Agency for Safety and Health,
    D.G.s Meeting)
  • Evaluation of LIs of other Member States (Greece,
    Italy)

8
Other international organisations
  • UN
  • International Atomic Energy Agency
  • WHO
  • International Association of Labour Inspectorates

9
Local groups
  • Bulk storage of LPG Committee
  • Civil Protection Scientific Committee
  • Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control
    Committee
  • Bio-safety Coordinating Committee
  • Pesticides Control Board
  • BICC
  • etc

10
Other activities
  • NAPO / school visits
  • Website (8172 visitors in May 2006)
  • Construction campaign
  • Organisation of European Weeks (4 weeks)
  • Publication of leaflets
  • Participation in TV / radio programmes
  • SMEs Initiative
  • Participation in Fairs (4),
  • Exhibitions (6)
  • Public Talks
  • etc

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  •  L.N. 371/2005 - Work Place (Minimum Health and
    Safety Requirements for the Protection of Workers
    from Risks resulting from Exposure to Vibration)
    Regulations, 2005
  • L.N. 06/2005 - Control of Major Accident Hazards
    (Amendment) Regulations, 2005
  • L.N. 283/2004 - Protection of Young Persons at
    Work Places (Amendment) Regulations, 2004
  • L.N. 282/2004 - Work Equipment (Minimum Safety
    and Health Requirements) Reg., 2004
  • L.N. 281/2004 - Work Place (Minimum Health and
    Safety Requirements for Work at Construction
    Sites) Regulations, 2004
  • L.N. 185/2004 - Work Place (Minimum Health and
    Safety Requirements for the Protection of Workers
    from Risks arising from exposure to Noise)
    Regulations, 2004
  • L.N. 41/2004 - Work Place (Minimum Requirements
    for Work) (Confined Spaces and Spaces having
    Explosive Atmospheres) Regulations, 2004
  • L.N. 379/2003 -Protection of Workers in the
    Mineral Extracting Industries through Drilling
    and Workers in Surface and Underground Mineral
    Extracting Industries Regulations, 2003

12
  • L.N. 228/2003 - Protection of Workers from Risks
    related to Exposure to Biological Agents at Work
    Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 227/2003 - Protection of the Health and
    Safety of Workers from the Risks related to
    Chemical Agents at Work Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 123/2003 - Protection of Workers from the
    Risks related to Exposure to Asbestos at Work
    Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 122/2003 - Regulations on the protection of
    workers from the risks related to exposure to
    carcinogens or mutagens at work, 2003
  • L.N. 121/2003 - Minimum requirements for the use
    of personal protective equipment at work
    regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 120/2003 - Regulations establishing a first
    list of indicative occupational exposure limit
    values on the protection of the health and safety
    of workers from the risks related to chemical
    agents at work, 2003
  • L.N. 37/2003 - Control of Major Accident Hazard
    Regulations, 2003 Arrangement of Regulations

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  • L.N. 36/2003 - General Provisions for Health and
    Safety at Work Places Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 35/2003 - Protection against Risks of Back
    Injury at Work Places Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 34/2003 - Factories (Night Work by Women)
    (Repeal) Regulations, 2003
  • L.N. 45/2002 - Workplace (Provision of Health
    and, or Safety Signs) Regulations, 2002
  • L.N. 44/2002 - Workplace (Minimum Health and
    Safety Requirements) Regulations, 2002
  • L.N. 43/2002 - Minimum Health and Safety
    Requirements for Work with Display Screen
    Equipment Regulations, 2002
  • L.N. 11/2002 - Workplace (First Aid) Regulations,
    2002
  • L.N. 10/2002 - Occupational Health and Safety
    Appeals Board (Procedural) Regulations, 2002
  • L.N. 92/2000 - Protection of Maternity at Work
    Places Regulations, 2000

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  • L.N. 91/2000 - Protection of Young Persons at
    Work Places Regulations, 2000
  • L.N. 52/1986 - Factories (Health, Safety and
    Welfare) Regulations, 1986
  • L.N. 25/1984 - Power Presses Regulations, 1984
  • L.N. 34/1976 - Steam and Hot Water Boilers
    Regulations, 1976
  • L.N. 96/1968 - Building (Safety) Regulations,
    1968
  • L.N. 47/1964 - Factories (Hoists and Lifts)
    Regulations, 1964 G.N. 340/1954 - Factories
    (Superintendence and Control of Plant)
    Regulations, 1954
  • Chapter 169 Factories Ordinance of 1953 - Dock
    Safety Regulations, 1953
  • Chapter 169 Factories Ordinance of 1949 -
    Factories (Woodworking Machinery) Regulations,
    1949

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Pending legislation
  • Amendment to noise legislation
  • Amendment to asbestos legislation
  • Amendment to OELs
  • New legislation on optical radiation
  • New legislation on EMF

16
Pipeline EU projects
  • Twinning Light 2007
  • Healthy Workplace Initiative
  • Leonardo e-learning initiative
  • European Weeks 2006, 2007 etc
  • Structural Funds 3 initiatives
  • European Inspection campaigns Asbestos, Manual
    Handling, Construction Safety

17
OHSA Construction Campaign
  • Carried out in Spring / Autumn 2005
  • 263 sites visited
  • 4 OHS Officers involved
  • Specific training to OHS officers given prior to
    campaign

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Percentage compliance at time of visit Percentage compliance at time of visit Percentage compliance at time of visit Percentage compliance at time of visit
Yes Yes No No
Prior Notice 21 21 79 79
HS Plan 9 9 87 87
Full compliance Broad compliance Limited compliance No compliance
Falls from height 7 29 39 25
Falling objects 10 36 34 20
PPE/Signage 14 32 25 29
General ambience 24 41 20 15
Workplace transport 32 58 8 2
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OHSA interventions
Verbal orders 59
Cessation of works 10
Prosecution 31
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EU OSH Strategy 2007-2012
  • Salient features of ongoing discussion
  • In comparison with previous strategy, should be
    less ambitious, more achievable
  • Should include clear, measurable objectives and
    targets
  • To stress importance of OHS mainstreaming
  • To focus on implementation of existing
    legislation
  • Drive towards Better Regulation

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EU OSH Strategy 2007-2012
  • To seek alternative, equally successful
    enforcement systems
  • To solicit more meaningful social involvement and
    participation
  • To foster dialogue
  • To be alert to new challenges and emerging risks

22
Maltas framework strategy
  1. An achievable strategy, with measurable
    objectives
  2. OHS mainstreaming
  3. Implementation of legislation
  4. Better Regulation
  5. Alternative enforcement systems
  6. Dialogue and social participation
  7. New challenges and emerging risks

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Synergism with unions
  • OHS of mutual interest
  • Keep yourselves informed
  • Operating within parameters of legislation
  • Workers Health and Safety Representatives
  • Promote OHS Management systems also in
    collective agreements
  • Go through the proper channels
  • OHS NOT an afterthought or to be used as an
    arm-bending mechanism
  • OR YOU LOSE CREDIBILITY

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  • In requesting OHSA assistance be patient please
    OHSA must prioritise its actions
  • Promote/participate in OHSA initiatives eg EW
    activities
  • Participate in OHS network
  • Be proactive!
  • Assist in identifying emerging risks
    teleworking, changing contracts of employment

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  • THANK YOU
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