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The European Agency for Health and Safety at Work has announced that it is to join forces with Euro Info Centres to help companies from the 12 newest European Union member states, plus Croatia and Turkey, to improve their health and safety policies.

Health and safety issues may include various matters related to the provision and use of personal protection equipment in the workplace, particularly in the construction industry.

The training given to companies will involve teaching small and medium enterprises Risk Assessment Essentials, which will consist of assessing the health and safety needs of a company according to its working environment, Industrial Safety Talk reports.

In all, 40 seminars will be organised in the campaign, which will run until November 2007.

The 12 newest members of the European Union are mainly drawn from the former eastern bloc, the exceptions being Cyprus and Malta.
Apart from Romania and Bulgaria, which joined on January 1st this year, the group all became members in 2004.


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