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International Conference on Occupational Health and Safety: From Policies to Practice

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December 6-7, 2012
Riga, Latvia

In 2001 a new Law on Occupational Health and Safety was adopted in Latvia, entering into force in 2002. Thus, in the recent 10 year period the Latvian occupational health and safety (OH&S) system has undergone many changes relating work environment and all stakeholders involved. Also neighbouring Lithuania and Estonia have had similar changes with new legal frameworks established around 10 years ago not to mention more global changes around the Baltic Sea and in other EU countries in terms of OH&S policies and economy.

During this time the new EU policies on OH&S as well as several other policies for health and safety of workers have become “old”. In the light of recent efforts to provide new policy tools to improve health and safety of working population and to mainstream it into the approach of healthy lifestyles in healthy working conditions it is worth taking the time to pause for a while.

The aim of the conference is to look back whether the changing policies have brought changes in workers’ health and safety or in other words - have they been put into practice – and not only in Latvia and other countries around the Baltic Sea but all around the world?

Conference venue

The conference will be held at Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, 24 Kuģu Street, Rīga.

Conference language

The official conference language is English. Depending on request simultaneous translation will be provided.


The Institute of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health at Riga Stradiņš University has been working in the area of occupational and environmental health for more than 40 years. Today it provides various scientifically sound training and information activities as well as research in the area of workers’ health and safety.
Riga Stradiņš University is a leading university in Latvia providing training in health care that is also offering several major programmes in social sciences and business. RSU ranks among top 3 Latvian Universities and has the largest number of international students in Latvia. It has been involved in many international projects on various aspects of human health and wellbeing.

The organisers are welcoming you to Riga, a city of more than 800 year long history. Riga’s historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognised for its Art Nouveau and the 19th century wooden architecture. In 2014 Riga will be the European Capital of Culture.


The conference is supported by the ERDF Project "Promotion of international cooperation activities of Riga Stradiņš University in Science and Technologies" (No. 2010/0200/2DP/

ERDF sponsors:

  • Admission to all conference events
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Conference program and Book of Abstracts
  • Conference proceedings


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