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A boost for health and safety for hairdressing in Europe
UNI Europa and employers signed an agreement on clear guidance for hairdressers to work in a healthy and safe environment. The social partners asked the EU to make their agreement legally binding.
The agreement signed by UNI Europa Hair & Beauty and the hairdressing employers' association, Coiffure EU, builds on existing best practice in European countries that are effective in reducing occupational health risks. It addresses, in particular, specific risks like the use of materials, products and tools to protect the skin and respiratory tract and the need for sufficient space and ventilation in salons where chemical substances are transferred or mixed.
The social partners have also asked the Commission to initiative the necessary legislative process to make the agreement legally binding in the EU. This requires a decision by the EU Council.
Oliver Roethig, UNI Europa Regional Secretary, said "This agreement is one of the biggest successes of any of UNI Europa's social dialogues. With trade unions and employers working together social dialogue can make a real difference. We will push for making the agreement legally binding. This case shows that social partners are best placed to define the technical standards to protect the health and safety of workers."
For the agreement and further information: Click here!
Watch the video of the signing ceremony here: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/player/streaming.cfm?type=ebsvod&sid=201918
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