EUROSHNET is a network intended for occupational health and
safety experts of European OSH institutions involved in standardization,
testing, certification and/or applied research. It is an informal
network without legal status. The function of EUROSHNET is first
and foremost to facilitate contact between European OSH experts
and thereby to promote the discussion of issues of common interest.
The work of the network is supported by a Steering Committee.
The operation of the network relies mainly on an English language
communication platform at www.euroshnet.eu. The EUROSHNET
internet platform is divided into an information area, a public
area and a restricted-access area. Other means of communication
are also used as and when necessary (e.g. meetings, publications).
The information area, accessible to everyone, contains
general information on the network and gives an overview of the
topics discussed in EUROSHNET.
The public area offers several fora where topical subjects
can be discussed. The fora are freely accessible to everyone interested
in the subjects discussed. Registration is however required in
order to be able to make a contribution to the discussion.
The restricted-access area contains a database of experts,
discussion fora, internal documents and an internal information
area. Access to the restricted-access area is reserved exclusively
for representatives of OSH institutions in EEA countries who are
active in European standardization, testing, certification and/or
applied research. The eligibility of applicants is decided by
the Steering Committee according to defined criteria, with the
assistance of Contact Points designated in each EEA country.
Participants in the public area of EUROSHNET
The public area including its discussion fora is freely accessible
to everyone. Registration is however required in order to be able
to make a contribution to a forum discussion. For registration,
name (or nickname) e-mail address and country are mandatory; other
details may be provided optionally. All data except for the e-mail
address are publicly accessible. Upon receipt of their access
data (user name and personal password) the participants may enter
additional information about their fields of expertise. Registered
participants will be informed of any news in the discussion fora
by way of an automatic e-mail system. This function can be disabled
by the participant.
The participants undertake not to divulge their access data
(user name and personal password) to third parties.
The responsibility for the content of messages posted in the
forum remains with their authors. The views expressed in EUROSHNET
are personal opinions only and do not necessarily reflect the
official opinion of the organisation an expert works for.
Attacks on the reputation of persons, companies or organisations
are prohibited, as are defamatory messages of any kind. Offensive
or discriminatory comments are not permitted and will be deleted.
It is prohibited to use the fora or any data obtained from
EUROSHNET for commercial advertising purposes. Any participant
offending against this rule will be banned from further active
participation in EUROSHNET.
The uploading of documents under copyright or confidential documents
(i.e. standards, draft standards) is only permitted with the consent
of the copyright holder. Copyright and confidence rules shall
be complied with.
EUROSHNET participants consent to the electronic storage of
their personal data in EUROSHNET and to the accessibility of these
data (except e-mail address) to other participants. Participants
consent to the electronic storage of their personal data and forum
contributions even after termination of their participation in
Forum coordinators for the public area of EUROSHNET
The discussion fora in the public area of EUROSHNET are assigned
to a coordinator nominated by the Steering Committee.
Each coordinator is in charge of the supervision of his/her
forum. This includes:
following the discussions and transferring the results to the
inserting and maintaining documents, texts and statements that
can contribute to discussions
looking for and deleting possible defamatory messages at regular
The work of the network is supported by a Steering Committee comprising
higher representatives of European OSH institutions.
New members representing a European OSH institution may be admitted
to the Steering Committee if proposed by a member of the Steering
Committee. The admission of new members requires the unanimous approval
of the Steering Committee.
Tasks and responsibilities
The tasks and responsibilities of the Steering Committee are as
to formally and publicly represent EUROSHNET
to decide on activities to promote EUROSHNET
to take strategic decisions on appropriate means for exerting
influence on European/international standardization, testing,
certification and applied research, in particular through cooperation
between different countries
to establish general strategies and to support the work programme
to decide on specific EUROSHNET activities
to decide on the admission to membership of applicants belonging
to institutions which are not yet represented in EUROSHNET
to approve the contents of the information area of the EUROSHNET
to decide on the establishment of new discussion fora and nominate
a coordinator for each discussion forum
to decide on the transformation of a subforum into a forum,
to decide on the closing of a discussion forum on the basis
of the coordinator's recommendation
to adopt positions in order to give support to the views expressed
by OSH experts in the discussion fora of EUROSHNET
to examine financial aspects
to initiate a consortium intended to apply for funds.
No permanent secretariat is set up. The functions of a secretariat
are performed by a Working Group comprising members of the institutions
represented in the Steering Committee.
Frequency of meetings
The Steering Committee meets once a year or at the request of its
The chair of the Steering Committee alternates every year between
the institutions represented in the Steering Committee of EUROSHNET.
The tasks and responsibilities of the Working Group are
Maintaining the EUROSHNET website and managing the registrations
Supporting the EUROSHNET forum coordinators
Preparing the meetings of the Steering Committee and implementing
the decisions of such meetings.
Reporting to the Steering Committee
Ensuring that decisions can be taken by the Steering Committee