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consumer protection, to enhance public health actions in favour of injury prevention and to ensure synergy with other relevant policy domains.

4.1.4.Capacity-building in the Community

Health professionals such as medical doctors, rescue and emergency staff, nurses and other health care providers could advise patients and clients, decision makers and media about hazards and safety measures more effectively than they do now. Due to their knowledge these groups are effective in health promotion regarding many health aspects like smoking, nutrition, and exercise, but lack appropriate vocational training in risk assessment and safety promotion. Within future work plans of the Community Public Health Programme7 the inclusion of this public health aspect in the vocational training of health care professionals will be considered as a priority.

Also other sectors in society and the professional community bear a responsibility for injury prevention, like welfare professionals, teachers, architects, sales staff and service providers. Basic information on hazards and safety measures should be included in the vocational training of these groups, in order to ensure the provision of good information to costumers. Health policy should promote the inclusion of safety knowledge in basic training and further education. The health sector should work closely with those policy sectors responsible for designing and regulating the relevant curricula demanding for respective changes in training regulations.

4.1.5.Supporting national action plans

It is suggested that all Member States create policies for injury prevention, i.e. a framework of actions that engages the relevant partners and stakeholders and defines institutional responsibilities. Since such policies need the coordination of different political sectors and aim at improving health, the health sector should take a coordinating role.

Key characteristics of the national policies are that they will be in line with the Community vision and basic priorities identified in section 4.2, addressing the specific needs and demands of the respective country, they will contain specific goals that are also to be defined in terms of attainable injury reductions, and will rely on a solid commitment by governmental and non-governmental organisations in the country.

The Commission will encourage the Member States in developing national plans by:

Facilitating situational analyses based on Community-wide injury surveillance information including comparative data for benchmarking;

Providing information on promising solutions for safety issues by supporting Community-wide exchange of good practice;

Supporting projects which explore existing opportunities for implementing prevention strategies and developing guidelines;

Assisting in the identification of key partners and stakeholders who can foster sustainable implementation of solutions;

4.1.6.Risk communication

7OJ L 271, 9.10.2002, p.1.


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