Dr Christa Sedlatschek to head EU-OSHA
Dr Sedlatschek’s appointment has been confirmed by the Bureau of EU-OSHA’s Governing Board following her nomination by the EU-OSHA Governing Board on 29 June and an exchange of views with members of the European Parliament on 13 July. She will take up her new post on 16 September 2011 and succeed Dr Jukka Takala who is retiring.
Károly György, chair of the Governing Board said: "Christa Sedlatschek has a strong track record in promoting better safety and health at work at both national and European levels. Having been strongly involved in EU-OSHA’s start-up, we are delighted to have her back on board and she is a worthy successor to Jukka Takala. She has the vision, experience and commitment to lead EU-OSHA and make use of the strength of its tripartite governance in the next stage of its development. We look forward to working with her to achieve higher levels of safety and health in working conditions.”
Dr Sedlatschek told members of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee, that as Agency Director she would focus on four priority areas. Firstly, on getting the message across and strengthening the marketing of occupational safety and health (OSH) as a ‘benefit for all’. Secondly, to stimulate the establishment of a preventive OSH culture in Europe. Thirdly, to network and cooperate with key stakeholders to develop and disseminate information that can be of use in their work at European and national level. And fourthly, to mainstream OSH into other policy areas such as education and training.
Commenting on her appointment, Dr Sedlatschek said: “I am deeply honoured to be appointed to lead EU-OSHA. I am fortunate to inherit from Jukka Takala an agency with an excellent reputation and a highly motivated and expert staff. My overriding aim is to ensure that EU-OSHA continues to combine scientific excellence with practical solutions that can really contribute to making Europe’s workplaces safer, healthier and more productive. ”
Dr Christa Sedlatschek is a medical doctor (University of Vienna) and a specialist in occupational health.
After completing her studies she started working in the Austrian labour inspectorate and moved to the Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs in 1993, taking over the function as Deputy Head of the department for occupational medicine.
In 1998 she was recruited by EU-OSHA where she focused on the development and dissemination of good practice information, becoming the head of the working environment unit. During that time she gained an in-depth knowledge about the EU and existing occupational safety and health (OSH) systems in the Member States.
In 2003 she moved to Berlin and started working in the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin - BAuA), where she became Director of the national “Initiative New Quality of Work - INQA” in 2004.
“INQA” was launched by the German Federal Ministry for labour and social affairs as a consequence of the Lisbon Summit in 2000, aiming at making a contribution towards creating more and better jobs in Europe.
Christa Sedlatschek has always focused her work within the field of OSH on the transfer of research and development information to the company level. She is convinced that the gap between existing knowledge and sustainable implementation of OSH in companies has to be bridged and in that context EU-OSHA has a key role.