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 admission
criteria, with the assistance of Contact Points designated
in each EEA country.
Participants in the restricted-access area of EUROSHNET
When logging in for the first time after having received their
access data (user name and personal password) for the password-protected
area of EUROSHNET, the participants are required to enter detailed
information concerning their fields of expertise in the database
of experts. They may then use the database, and gain access to
all discussion fora and to documents not available to the general
public. They will be informed of any news in the discussion fora
of their choice by way of an automatic e-mail system.
The participants undertake not to divulge their access data
(user name and personal password) to third parties and to treat
in confidence any personal data (see Directive 95/46/EC of the
European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the
protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal
data and on the free movement of such data) obtained from EUROSHNET
sections closed to the general public. The participants are not
permitted to copy any data of these sections and to publish it
elsewhere; this does not apply to publicly available documents.
EUROSHNET participants may express their opinions on any forum
and any subject online
The responsibility for the content of messages posted in the
fora 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 discriminating comments are not permitted and will be deleted.
New fora can be set up at participants' initiative for the
discussion of any questions of interest, following approval by
the Steering Committee.
The fora are set up as and when they are required. They are
not permanent fixtures, but are available for as long as the experts
consider each forum necessary. The decision to close a forum is
taken by the Steering Committee on the basis of the coordinator's
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 the database of experts (restricted-access
area of the system) and to the accessibility of their data to
other OSH experts registered in the restricted-access area for
joint work within the framework of EUROSHNET. Participants consent
to the electronic storage of their personal data and their forum
contributions even after termination of their participation in
Each discussion forum in EUROSHNET is assigned to a coordinator
nominated by the Steering Committee. The coordinator can be
supported by an associate coordinator (co-coordinator).
Each coordinator is in charge of the supervision of his/her
stimulates the discussion and puts forward new information
in order to keep the discussion going.
makes sure that new developments/information in the field
covered by the forum is introduced in the forum discussion
is responsible for the insertion and maintenance of basic
regularly looks for possible defamatory messages and deletes
informs external experts about ongoing and planned forum
activities in order to attract more experts to the system.
enters an initial text to initiate a discussion in his/her
forum and uploads any necessary documents before the forum
if necessary recommends the closing of a forum to the
Steering Committee after consultation of the involved experts
if they consider that the forum is no longer necessary
if necessary creates/closes subfora dealing with specific
aspects of the forum topic
informs the Steering Committee about the creation of a
nominates coordinators for the subfora. The overall responsibility
will remain with the coordinator of the forum
informs the Steering Committee about significant discussion
results in the fora and subfora
The coordinator may suggest conferences, seminars, etc.
to the Steering Committee
The coordinators meet regularly in order to coordinate
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
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
to decide on specific EUROSHNET activities
to decide on the admission to membership of applicants
belonging to institutions which are not yet represented
to approve the contents of the information area of the
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, where necessary
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 (see section 2 below) 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 members.
The chair of the Steering Committee alternates every year
between the institutions represented in the Steering Committee
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