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COTANCE and industriAll launch workplace safety survey for tanners

European Union leather industry body COTANCE and trade union organisation industriAll have launched a survey on workplace safety in tanneries in Europe. These two organisations, which refer to themselves as the leather sector’s “social partners” in the European Union, have asked the University of Northampton to run the exercise.

At the time of the launch, COTANCE described the survey, which is available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Romanian, as “short and precise” and asked stakeholders across the leather industry in Europe to complete it before the end of December.

The organisation explained that the information the survey yields will contribute to an update of an existing set of risk assessment tools, which it and industriAll first made available to tanners in 2011. COTANCE said the tools, which are available online at this link, are of particular help to small and medium-sized tanneries as a guide to health and safety issues.

It will give them what COTANCE called “valuable information and suggestions to perform risk assessments and produce reports in order to minimise and eliminate health and safety risks”; examples of good practice will also be part of the package.

“The leather sector’s social partners in the European Union have been active in promoting workplace safety since the turn of the millennium,” COTANCE said, “and our efforts are being rewarded with very low incident rates. However, dramatic internet images from tanneries outside the EU continue to affect negatively the reputation of the tanning industry.”

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