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Free online training for psychosocial risk assessment

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Apr 14, 2021.

14/04/2021
Psychosocial risk assessment (PRA) is a legal requirement and a process faced by companies that want to offer their employees optimal working conditions. PsyHealth worXs! is a free 6-week online training that guides you step-by-step through the...

Working with chronic MSDs: everything you need to know

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Apr 13, 2021.

13/04/2021

With the right support and adjustments, many workers with chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can continue to work. Our new info sheet and infographic — available now in the chronic conditions priority area of the Lighten the Load campaign website — explain how simple measures to help an individual remain in the job can often benefit the whole workforce.

The four-page info sheet contains information on employers’ responsibilities, tips on workstation adaptations, examples of open conversations that can support individuals with chronic conditions and much more!

OSHwiki article in the spotlight: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Apr 09, 2021.

09/04/2021

Image by Jeff Stein from Pixabay

An OSHwiki article provides information on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the workplace. Special attention is paid to the use of selecting PPE for specific circumstances and various types of work, including technical aspects,...

Participatory ergonomics: how can it improve workers’ health and well-being and prevent MSDs?

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Apr 08, 2021.

08/04/2021

A new discussion paper explores the benefits of using participatory ergonomics (PE) —involving workers in planning and controlling work activities — to tackle work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

COVID-19 — stay up to date with the latest guidance and keep your workplace safe with OiRA tools

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Apr 07, 2021.

07/04/2021

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As our working environments and conditions change in response to the pandemic, it has never been more important to stay on top of workplace risk assessment. To help workplaces identify and manage COVID-19 risks, 14 Online interactive Risk Assessment...

Job opportunity with EU-OSHA: Legal and Internal Control Officer

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Apr 06, 2021.

06/04/2021

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EU-OSHA is looking to recruit a long-term Contract Agent (FG IV) for the position of Legal & Internal Control Officer. Our new teammate will provide advice and legal support on administrative matters of relevance to the Resource and Service...

OSH-focused film screening and discussion in Slovakia highlights importance of return to work and mental wellbeing

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Apr 01, 2021.

01/04/2021

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Following successful screenings of the Healthy Workplaces Film Award -winning documentary Bird Island in Spain, Hungary and Poland, a new screening is being organised in Slovakia. The documentary provides a visual representation of rehabilitation...

Time to act on chronic musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Apr 01, 2021.

01/04/2021

How can we prevent work-related MSDs from becoming chronic? What’s the best way to support workers with chronic MSDs to return to or remain in work? The new priority area on our Lighten the Load campaign website — a dedicated section packed with case studies, research findings and practical tools and advice — explains it all.

As Europe’s working population is getting older and retirement ages rise, early intervention and effective approaches to managing chronic MSDs are fundamental to retaining valued workers and boosting businesses and economies.

Emerging risks and OSH challenges in the agriculture and forestry sector

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 31, 2021.

31/03/2021

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With such diverse tasks, as livestock handling and tree felling, it’s no wonder that agriculture and forestry is one of the most dangerous sectors in Europe. If this sector is to survive, we must anticipate and address the occupational safety and health (OSH) challenges that lie ahead.

A new policy brief identifies the traditional dominant risks in the sector, such as animal handling and accidents related to tractors and the use of chainsaws. It also takes a closer look at the OSH challenges that might arise from the major emerging risks for the sector.

Liaison Forum on Occupational Safety and Health

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 31, 2021.

31/03/2021

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The Commission's Directorate General of Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion hosted the Liaison Forum on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) on 30 March. Within the European Social Dialogue context, this meeting brought together OSH experts...

Foresight Review on the Future of Regulatory Systems by the Lloyd´s Register Foundation

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 29, 2021.

29/03/2021
Regulation has shown its value over the years as a necessary tool to manage risks and ensure people´s safety. However, most regulatory methods were designed for situations and hazards that can be very different from those faced today. This foresight...

European Lung Foundation - COVID-19 and Workplace Online Tool

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 29, 2021.

29/03/2021
The European Lung Foundation (ELF) launches a new online tool to improve safety and health conditions at work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tool presents an interactive questionnaire aimed at anyone who has doubts about safety at the workplace...

Risk assessment at work with OiRA in facts and figures

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 25, 2021.

25/03/2021
Eight Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools have been already published in 2021 bringing the total number to 249. More than 70 OiRA tools are pending to be released and help over 103 400 registered OiRA users assess and manage risks in...

EU-OSHA launches its multilingual Thesaurus grouping key OSH terminology

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 23, 2021.

23/03/2021

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EU-OSHA’s multilingual Thesaurus, consisting of a list of occupational safety and health (OSH) terms grouped together in a hierarchy, is now available. The tool also contains synonyms and some definitions and it is now fully integrated in the European Union Terminology Database (IATE).

You can search and browse nearly 2,000 OSH related terms or download the complete Thesaurus in an Excel format in any of the 25 EU languages.

Outcomes of the EP EMPL Committee Hearing on the new EU OSH Strategic Framework 2021-2027

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 23, 2021.

23/03/2021

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An exchange of views on the future EU Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Strategic Framework 2021-2027, asbestos included, was held on 18 March at the European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs. Commissioner for Jobs and Social...

Early childhood education: taking care of workplace risks with OiRA tools

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 22, 2021.

22/03/2021

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Uncomfortable working positions, exposure to infectious diseases and stress — these are just some of the risks facing workers in early childhood education. Help is at hand, however, with Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools! These easy-to...

IPA webinar - OSH in agriculture

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 19, 2021.

19/03/2021

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EU-OSHA organised the second webinar for the IPA Focal points (Western Balkans Countries and Turkey) on the topic of occupational safety and health (OSH) in agriculture under the Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) project. The idea of this webinar was...

Mental health initiatives presented at the European Parliament for better working environments

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 18, 2021.

18/03/2021
The mental health training organisation ‘Mental Health First Aid Ireland’ (MHFA Ireland) has been presenting to the European Parliament staff different mental health initiatives to highlight their importance and the benefits of introducing them to...

Roadmap on Carcinogens Conference - Preventing occupational cancer

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 17, 2021.

17/03/2021
The Portuguese EU Council Presidency is holding the conference " Roadmap on carcinogens: Preventing occupational cancer." This event is aimed to review the past achievements and future perspectives of the Roadmap for 2020-2024. The conference brings...

Expanding the outreach of online risk assessment

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 16, 2021.

16/03/2021

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OiRA in national OSH strategies and legislation

 

Protecting the safety and health of workers in micro and small enterprises (MSEs) presents a bigger challenge than in larger companies. MSEs show lower levels of compliance with occupational safety and health (OSH) standards and often underestimate the OSH risks present in their business.

Committee on Employment and Social Affairs Hearing - New OSH Strategic Framework 2021-2027

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 15, 2021.

15/03/2021

© EU-OSHA / Fidel Fernández de Tejada Castaño

The Committee of Employment and Social Affairs is holding a hearing on the Future Strategic Framework on Safety and Health at work (2021-2027) , asbestos included. The previous EU Strategic Framework on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) expired...

EU-OSHA and the University of Maribor discuss the future of work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 10, 2021.

10/03/2021

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Workplace automation creates new opportunities but also new challenges for occupational safety and health (OSH). On 18 March, the Slovenian focal point in collaboration with the University of Maribor is organising a film screening to introduce...

Napo is back to fight musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 09, 2021.

09/03/2021

Source: napofilm.net

Since 2007, when Napo introduced his Lighten the Load film to raise awareness about work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), the still high prevalence of this serious health problem in Europe, has inspired Napo to present 6 new video clips, once again full of humour and good advice.

Get to know more about MSDs through targeted publications

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 08, 2021.

08/03/2021

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Why are particular groups of workers more likely to develop musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? What are the barriers to preventing and managing MSDs? Which workplace initiatives have proved successful?

Keeping up to date with research on Europe’s number one work-related ailment is crucial, whether you’re a policy-maker, employer or member of the occupational safety and health community.

You can find all the latest data, reports and analyses published by EU-OSHA in the facts and figures priority area of the Lighten the Load campaign website.

 

OSHwiki article in the spotlight: Practical tips for a safe and healthy home-based telework

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 08, 2021.

08/03/2021

Image by Vinzent Weinbeer from Pixabay

The COVID-19 public health emergency prompted millions of European workers to work from home during the last year. Long periods of sedentary work, lack of physical exercise, isolation, blurring boundaries between paid work and private life, and...

International Women’s Day 2021 - Taking action for equality at the workplace

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 08, 2021.

08/03/2021

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Every 8th of March continues raising awareness about the pending barriers and challenges in achieving gender equality for all.

On International Women’s Day, at EU-OSHA we highlight how women, among other groups of workers, are exposed to physical, psychosocial and organisational risk factors at the workplace when it comes to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including through the dual role of worker and unpaid carer.

Can you help us in achieving more equal, healthier and safer EU workplaces?

European Commission launches the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 05, 2021.

05/03/2021
On 04 March, the European Commission has presented the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan, outlining concrete actions to further implement the principles of the Pillar , including workers’ right to a high level of protection of their...

Call for tender - Education /Evidence from the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER)

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 05, 2021.

05/03/2021
This new call for tender invites bids to deliver a report on the education sector analysing in-depth the findings of the three ESENER wave. The report will provide information capturing the factors that influence the management of health and safety...

EFSA - Avian influenza overview December 2020 – February 2021

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 04, 2021.

04/03/2021
Avian influenza is a highly contagious viral disease that occurs primarily in poultry and wild water birds. Even if the transmission from animals to humans can happen, human infection risk remains very low for the general population and moderately...

FRA - First EU-wide survey on violence and crime

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Mar 03, 2021.

03/03/2021
41% of people in the European Union experienced harassment – ranging from offensive comments in person to threatening gestures or messages sent online - during the last five years. This corresponds to almost 110 million people in the EU experiencing...