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Baltic Sea Network on Occupational Health and Safety

Introduction

The Baltic Sea Network on Occupational Health and Safety (BSN) is a regional network of ten countries around the Baltic Sea. The participants are the occupational health and safety (OH&S) institutions in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Northwest Russia, Norway, Poland, and Sweden.

The Network facilitates the exchange of information among the participating countries and offers easy and immediate access to country information in the Baltic Sea Region also for users in other countries. The BSN is a forum for transmitting and developing good models and good practice guidelines, and for disseminating information on training possibilities in OH&S in the member countries.

Background

The Baltic Sea Network is an expert information network. Its purpose is to strengthen peer-to-peer networking and collaboration of expert institutions and respective bodies in OH&S, between and within countries in the Baltic Sea region. A major function of the BSN is to make OH&S information accessible through a user-friendly telematic information system (Internet).

The establishment of a telematic information network was agreed upon in a meeting dealing with the strengthening of occupational health services in Baltic countries, organized by the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 1995. The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) has been appointed the secretariat of the network.

Tasks

The main tasks of the BSN are:

Network Structure

The Network has a decentralized architecture involving fully autonomous national focal points in each participating country. Meetings of BSN country coordinators are held once or twice a year.

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