The fact that Swedish safety officers are celebrating their centenary has had repercussions at the European level.
Trade unions in the EU have decided to pay a particular tribute to safety officers during the annual work environment week in October, but on 28 April there will be various activities held in member countries to highlight the role of safety officers. So says Christina Järnstedt from the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), who is a delegate on the board of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and a member of the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health in the EU.
“There are safety delegates in many countries in Europe, but they work in different ways. Some are more government representatives than workers’ representatives and in some places they have very poor legal protection. But there is a great deal of interest in how our safety delegates work and the Swedish cooperative model,” she says.
Christina Järnstedt also tells us that the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has commissioned a study on safety delegates. Results indicate that safety delegates are important for local work environment management and act as a driving force.