THE EU’S EUROPEAN AGENCY FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH AT WORK has collaborated with the social partners in the leather industry, industriAll and COTANCE, to develop OiRA, the online risk assessment tool aimed at small and medium-sized tanneries. The sector typically uses chemicals and machines which can be dangerous without proper handling. The web resource covers safety management, buildings and floors, internal transport, emergency management, fire risk, environmental conditions, working with raw hides and skins, use of knives, use and maintenance of machines, and the use of chemicals. It takes the form of a number of questions with room for notes and references to relevant legislation. Eventually the details of identified risks and an action plan for dealing with them can be printed out. The agency urges companies to consult widely with the employees in identifying risks as they ‘are experts when it comes to answering questions on their working conditions’.