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Workers' healthcare 2


Organization:

  • Responsible(s) Federal Science Policy:
    Bourgeois Emmanuèle
    Info
  • Final decision of the Ministers Council: 27/11/1998
  • Duration of the research: 1/12/1998 - 31/3/2004
  • Budget: 7,685,000.00 EUR
  • Research projects: 19

Accompanying committee:

OSTC, Emploi et Travail, Santé publique, Fonds des maladies professionnelles.


Objectives:

Context

Whereas major strides have been taken over recent years towards improving working conditions, complaints and the costs engendered by work-related illnesses, absenteeism, mistakes and accidents remain higher within certain spheres in most European Union member states.

Questions need to be asked about the evolving nature of work, the context in which it is performed, its environmental and organisational conditions as well as the materials handled in the workplace in order to determine relevant causes.

All too often, the worker is still singled out as having sole liability for the consequences of his or her actions at work. More often than not, however, the individual only exists at work within a collective that is structured by rules and characterised by actions, language and interactions. He or she therefore has to compromise with shared practices in a set environment. The collective presupposes a culture that conveys and transmits itself through communication and information exchange. If this communication is lacking, the collective will be deficient, and the system will become weak and a risk factor.

Moreover, the individual at work belongs to an open system subjected to the political, economic and technical influences of a particular era.

As a result, working conditions pose permanent challenges to public policies, social actors as well as prevention and workers’ protection committees, not to mention to researchers whose studies centre on one or other aspect of this complex, dynamic issue.


Objective

Based on experiences from previous programmes, the present programme will set out to deal with the following two topics within a global and sustainable perspective while taking account of social, environmental and sectoral policies, both national and European:

1. influence of biological, chemical and physical agents on workers’ health and safety.

2. study of psycho-social risks: influence of human, organisational, social and technical contexts on physical and mental health, including musculoskeletal disorders.


Description:

The project will study new environmental risk factors and human reliability in ‘at risk’ work environments, with the reform framework underpinned by transposition or adaptation involving new European and international directives.

This will entail:

A. preparing an inventory on the issue of new risks associated with exposure to toxicological and psycho-social factors at both the national and European levels.

These studies will be designed to encourage new diagnostic, preventive and curative approaches while taking account of their feasibility and adaptability in sectoral, organisational and human terms. They also set out to contribute to enhancing researchers’ scientific expertise and provide them with opportunities for collaboration within national and international networks of excellence.

B. broadening the knowledge required for the development and updating of existing databases relating to biological, chemical, physical and psycho-social risks.

Although new information systems will be envisaged, deficiencies that need to be rectified as regards the target audience and the nature of the system and/or its contents will be demonstrated beforehand.

C. highlighting new correlations between physical risk factors and/or mental risk factors in specific environments.

D. studying genetic susceptibility to work-related illness, including the ethics of the practice in the working environment.

E. studying work-related cancers and other aggravating symptomatologies from an epidemiological and preventive viewpoint.

F. investigating fresh avenues for assessing work-related risks.


Research projects:

PS/01: Collective strategies for preventing musculo-skeletal risks for the upper limbs. Optimising individual prevention in line with occupational constraints

PS/02: Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders by means of stress/stressability ratio

PS/03: Validation of a professional stress and somatisation questionnaire for predicting and preventing occupational disabilities

PS/04: Psychometric fine-tuning of the WOCCQ (working conditions and control questionnaire) through assessment of its interventional potential

PS/05: Registration and evaluation of individual radiation exposure in the phosphate industry and among plasterers

PS/06: Implementation and valorization of a standardized and computerized signalling system in occupational health care for various risks

PS/07: User-friendly information systems for evaluation of health risks after exposure to chemical mutagens/carcinogens

PS/08: Internet site and organization of seminars for microbiological building inspections

PS/09: Monitoring and information distribution with respect to the scientific relevance and irrelevance of genetic susceptibility in establishing norms for risk management

PS/10: Making use of the REGETOX 2000 toxicological information network for worker protection

PS/11: Organisational and psychosocial factors in the developmental of upper limb muscoloskeletal disorders (ULMSOs)

PS/12: Development of a programme for reporting and analysing critical incidents in medical establishments

PS/13: Follow-up study on the etiological and the prognostic determinants of work-related back problems

PS/14: Organisational changes, employee stress, and customer satisfaction: emergence of the ‘flexihealth’ concept

PS/15: Impact of organisational changes and resulting work stress on somatisation, biology and absenteeism

PS/16: Genotypic and phenotypic variability, individual susceptibility factors and industrial genotoxicants/neurtoxicants in occupational medecine

PS/17: Scientific relevance and irrelevance of genetic susceptibility in establishing norms for risk management

PS/18: Work-related asthma in Belgium

PS/19: Validation of microbiological and chemical inspection methods for the workplace


Documentation:

Des risques pour la santé .... à la protection des travailleurs en matière de santé: 10 ans de recherche fédérale en santé, travail et environnement   Bruxelles: SSTC, 2001 (SP0705)
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Van gezondheidsrisico's ... naar gezondheidsbescherming van de werknemers: 10 jaar federaal onderzoek inzake gezondheid, werk en milieu   Brussel: DWTC, 2001 (SP0706)
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Des risques pour la santé ... à la protection des travailleurs en matière de santé: 10 ans de recherche fédérale en santé-travail-environnement. Acquis et perspectives: dialogue avec les utilisateurs-décideurs: actes de la journée d'étude du 21 juin 2001   Bruxelles: SSTC, 2001 (SP0712)
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Van gezondheidsrisico's ... naar gezondheidsbescherming van werknemers: 10 jaar federaal onderzoek inzake gezondheid, arbeid en milieu. Resultaten en perspectieven - dialoog met gebruikers en beslissers: aktes van de studiedag van 21 juni 2001, voordrachten   Brussel: DWTC, 2001 (SP0713)
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From health hazards ... to workers' healthcare: 10 years of federal research in health-work-environment. Results and perspectives: dialogue with users and deciders: proceedings of the seminar of 21 june 2001, speeches   Brussels: OSTC, 2001 (SP0714)
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La recherche en ergonomie en Belgique: rapport de synthèse Malchaire, J. - Cock, N.  Bruxelles: SSTC, 2001 (SP0715)
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Het onderzoek in ergonomie in België: synthese Malchaire, J. - Cock, N.  Brussel: DWTC, 2001 (SP0716)
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10 ans de recherche en psychologie du travail et des organisations en Belgique De Keyser, V. - Peters, S. - Malaise, N.  Bruxelles: SSTC, 2001 (SP0717)
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10 jaar onderzoek naar de arbeids- en organisatiepsychosociologie in België De Keyser, V. - Peters, S. - Malaise, N.  Brussel: DWTC, 2001 (SP0718)
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La recherche en toxicologie industrielle et environnementale en Belgique: rapport de synthèse Kirsch-Volders, M. - Vanhauwaert, A. - Lison, D.  Bruxelles: SSTC, 2001 (SP0724)
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Het onderzoek op gebied van industriële en omgevingstoxicologie in België: syntheseverslag Kirsch-Volders, M. - Vanhauwaert, A. - Lison, D.  Brussel: DWTC, 2001 (SP0762)
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Bijdrage van de POD Wetenschapsbeleid tot een creatief en solidair beleid met betrekking tot de werkgelegenheid en de arbeidsvoorwaarden   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2003 (SP1205)
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Contribution du SPP Politique scientifique à une politique créative et solidaire en matière d'emploi et de conditions de travail   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2003 (SP1206)
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De la santé au travail : enjeux de la susceptibilité génétique en milieu professionnel.
Journée d'étude du 30 octobre 2003 : résumés des communications - Gezondheid op het werk : Inzet van genetische susceptibiliteit in het arbeidsmilieu. Studiedag van 30 oktober 2003 : Samenvattingen van de voordrachten
  Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2003 (SP1263)
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Facteurs organisationnels et psychosociaux et développement de troubles musculosquelettiques des membres supérieurs TMSMS : rapport final   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1286)
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Organisational and psychosocial factors and the development of musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limbs : final report   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1287)
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Facteurs organisationnels et psychosociaux et développement de troubles musculosquelettiques des membres supérieurs TMSMS : résumé   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1288)
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Organisatorische en psychosociale factoren en de ontwikkeling van musculo-skeletale aandoeningen aan de bovenste ledematen-MSA : samenvatting   Brussel :Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1289)
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Organisational and psychosocial factors and the development of musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limbs : summary   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1290)
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De impact van organisationele veranderingen en resulterende jobstress op somatisatie, biologie en absenteïsme : eindrapport   Brussel :Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1291)
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Impact of organizational changes and resulting job stress on somatization, biology and absenteeism : final report   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1292)
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Impact des changements organisationnels sur le stress au travail,
la somatisation, la biologie et l’absentéisme : résumé
  Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1293)
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De impact van organizationele veranderingen en resulterende jobstress
op somatisatie, biologie en absenteïsme : samenvatting
  Brussel :Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1294)
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Impact of organizational changes and resulting job stress on somatization, biology and absenteeism : summary   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1295)
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Genotypische en fenotypische variabiliteit, individuele susceptibiliteitsfactoren en industriële genotoxische/neurotische agentia in de arbeidsgeneeskunde : eindrapport   Brussel :Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1296)
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Genotypic and phenotypic variability, individual susceptibility factors and industrial genotoxicants/neurotoxicants in occupational medicine : final report   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1297)
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Variations génotypiques et phénotypiques, facteurs de susceptibilité individuelle et substances industrielles génotoxiques/neurotoxiques en médecine de travail : résumé   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1298)
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Genotypische en fenotypische variabiliteit, individuele susceptibiliteitsfactoren en industriële genotoxische/neurotische agentia in de arbeidsgeneeskunde : samenvatting   Brussel :Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1299)
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Genotypic and phenotypic variability, individual susceptibility factors and industrial genotoxicants/neurotoxicants in occupational medicine : final report   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1300)
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Validation des méthodes microbiologique et chimiques de contrôle des lieux de travail : rapport final   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1301)
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Validation of microbiological and chemical inspections for the workplaces : final report   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1302)
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Validation des méthodes microbiologique et chimiques de contrôle des lieux de travail : résumé   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1303)
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Validatie van de microbiologische en chemische methoden ter controle van de arbeidsplaats : samenvatting   Brussel :Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1304)
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Validation of microbiological and chemical inspections for the workplaces : summary   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1305)
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Etablissement de video de formation : addendum au rapport final   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1306)
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Development of training video : final report addendum   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1307)
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Etablissement de video de formation : résumé de l'addendum au rapport final   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1308)
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Het opmaken van de video opleiding : samenvatting addendum   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1309)
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Development of training video : summary addendum   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1310)
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Développement d'un système de signalement d'incidents/accidents en milieu médical : rapport final   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1312)
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Development of a critical incidents reporting system in medecine : final report   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1313)
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Développement d'un système de signalement d'incidents/accidents en milieu médical : résumé   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1314)
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Ontwikkeling van een meldingssysteem voor incidenten/ongevallen in een medische omgeving : samenvatting   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1315)
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Development of a critical incidents reporting system in medecine : summary   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1316)
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Follow-up studie naar etiologische en prognostische determinanten van beroepsgebonden rugpijn : eindrapport = Etude de cohorte des déterminants étiologiques et pronostiques des maux de dos liés à la profession : rapport final   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1317)
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Follow-up study into the etiologic and prognostic determinants of work related back pain : final report   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1318)
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Etude de cohorte des déterminants étiologiques et pronostiques des maux de dos liés à la profession : résumé   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1319)
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Follow-up studie naar etiologische en prognostische determinanten van beroepsgebonden rugpijn : samenvatting   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1320)
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Follow-up study into the etiologic and prognostic determinants of work related back pain : summary   Brussels : Federal Science Policy, 2004 (SP1321)
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Changements organisationnels, stress des employés, et satisfaction des clients: émergence du concept de flexihealth : rapport final   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1333)
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Organizational changes, employee stress, and customer satisfaction: emergence of the ‘flexihealth’ concept : final report   Brussels : Science Policy Office, 2004 (SP1334)
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Changements organisationnels, stress des employés, et satisfaction des clients: émergence du concept de flexihealth : résumé   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1335)
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Organisatieveranderingen, jobstress, en klantensatisfactie: naar het "flexihealth" concept : samenvatting   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1336)
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Organisational changes, employee stress, and customer satisfaction: emergence of the ‘flexihealth’ concept : summary   Brussels : Science Policy Office, 2004 (SP1337)
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XRCC1, GSTM1 en EPHX1 polymorfismen zijn predictief voor micronucleusfrequenties in menselijke populaties: resultaten van een ‘pooled analysis’ van de gegevens van het Human MicroNucleus project : eindrapport addendum   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1338)
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XRCC1, GSTM1 en EPHX1 polymorfismen zijn predictief voor micronucleusfrequenties in menselijke populaties: resultaten van een ‘pooled analysis’ van de gegevens van het Human MicroNucleus project : samenvatting addendum   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2004 (SP1339)
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XRCC1, GSTM1 en EPHX1 polymorfismen zijn predictief voor micronucleusfrequenties in menselijke populaties: resultaten van een ‘pooled analysis’ van de gegevens van het Human MicroNucleus project : résumé addendum   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2004 (SP1340)
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XRCC1, GSTM1 en EPHX1 polymorfismen zijn predictief voor micronucleusfrequenties in menselijke populaties: resultaten van een ‘pooled analysis’ van de gegevens van het Human MicroNucleus project : summary addendum   Brussels : Science Policy Office, 2004 (SP1341)
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Concilier flexibilité, changements dans les entreprises et santé des travailleurs : résultats de l'étude Flexihealth   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2005 (SP1436)
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Flexibiliteit, bedrijfsveranderingen en gezondheid op het werk verzoenen : resultaten van de studie Flexihealth   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2005 (SP1437)
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Wetenschappelijke relevantie en irrelevantie van de genetische vatbaarheid voor normstelling bij risicobeheersing : eindrapport   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2007 (SP1849)
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Scientific relevance and irrelevance of genetic susceptibility for standard setting in risk control : final report   Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2007 (SP1850)
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Pertinence et non-pertinence de la susceptibilité génétique lors de l’établissement de normes dans le cadre du contrôle des risques : résumé   Bruxelles : Politique scientifique fédérale, 2007 (SP1851)
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Wetenschappelijke relevantie en irrelevantie van de genetische vatbaarheid voor normstelling bij risicobeheersing : samenvatting   Brussel : Federaal Wetenschapsbeleid, 2007 (SP1852)
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Scientific relevance and irrelevance of genetic susceptibility for standard setting in risk control : summary   Brussels : Belgian Science Policy, 2007 (SP1853)
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Developments & Applications:

  • www.woccq.be: Information site devoted to psychosocial risk diagnosis methods in Belgium within the framework of the project involving psychometric fine-tuning of the WOCCQ (working conditions and control questionnaire) through an assessment of its interventional potential. This site contains a range of information that will allow the tool and its potentialities to be pinpointed: 1. national legislative framework responsible for the auditing of psychosocial risks; 2. presentation of the questionnaire; 3. accompanying methods; 4. demonstrations; 5. useful publications and links.
  • www.genetic-testing-and-work.be: The site was designed to present to as many people as possible sufficient, well-founded and comprehensible information on the potential role of knowledge of genetic susceptibility in the protection of health at the workplace.
  • REGETOX 2000: REGETOX 2000 is an IT network bringing together assorted university partners in professional medicine, industrial toxicology and molecular biology as well as manufacturers. The network comprises: 1. a multimedia database of toxicology in companies; 2. links to other toxicology databases on the Internet; 3. global action to assess chemical risk. This action, which structurally has four levels of complexity, is aimed at prevention advisors (internal advisors and company medical officers) as well as other company actors (management level, staff).
  • SOBANE: SOBANE is an occupational risks screening system which enables the whole workforce to participate in the screening and elimination of health and safety risks. SOBANE is an acronym of Screening, OBservation, ANalysis and Expertise, the four steps in the risk screening and elimination strategy which - allows everyone to participate (workers, managers, prevention advisors, outside experts); - organises the collaboration between the workers themselves and with the management structure and internal and external prevention advisors so that the available resources and skills can be used more efficiently; - takes an overall view of all the problems so that dealing with one risk will not aggravate another; - instils a risk prevention culture in all companies, including SMEs.


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