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Global movement raises awareness around suicide prevention

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 26, 2020.

Over 200 000 people in 16 countries took part in the Darkness Into Light movement in 2019, turning it into a global awareness campaign for ending suicide. Each year, the walk provides an opportunity for people to connect with their local community...

OiRA — global car manufacturer exploits versatility of workplace risk assessment tool

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 26, 2020.


© EU-OSHA / Filip De Smet

Our new case study shows how a multinational car manufacturer has adapted EU-OSHA’s freely available Online interactive Risk Assessment — OiRA — platform for its own needs. The result? A highly individualised, cost-efficient solution for company-wide occupational safety and health risk assessment.

The approach allows worker involvement and the implementation of the tool globally, and is transferable to any large company looking to improve and standardise risk management.

Conference on digitalisation looks at safety and health in the new world of work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 24, 2020.


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How do new technologies or new forms of employment affect the safety and health of workers? EU-OSHA’s Executive Director Dr Christa Sedlatschek brings this topic of global importance at the The future of work symposium on 26 February in Linz,...

#EU4FairWork: The first European campaign for declared work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 21, 2020.


©European Platform tackling undeclared work 

Undeclared work puts employees at a multitude of risks. It hampers fair competition and undermines public finances, social protection and wider social cohesion. Now, the first European campaign, EU4FairWork, will be launched by the European...

Good Practice Award for safe handling of asbestos in Germany

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 20, 2020.


Source: Federal Association of Glazier Trades

The German Federal Association of Glazier Trade won a Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Award for developing safe and economical techniques for handling material containing asbestos.

‘WorkingAge’: enhancing safety and health working conditions for ageing people

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 19, 2020.


Image by Mustafa Düzenli from Pixabay

By understanding the causes for long-term stress and workload of employees and its impact on sickness and rest periods, WorkingAge (WA) project aims to create a set of rules that enable adaptation of the changing status of the workers aged >50 to...

Wind Harmony: seeking your views on the health and safety issues of the wind energy sector in the EU

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 18, 2020.


 © EU-OSHA /David Tijero Osorio

The Wind Harmony project has just launched an online survey to seek your views on the key health and safety issues currently facing the European wind industry, and potential solutions to those issues. The project seeks to understand where...

Voluntary Agreement and workplace safety by Formacare members: First results now published

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 17, 2020.

Formacare , the formaldehyde sector group of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic), has published the first results of its Voluntary Agreement to protect workers’ health from formaldehyde exposure. The results show that 99.7% of workers are...

‘Buy quiet’ helps companies to tackle noise hazards at work - French and German versions now available

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 14, 2020.


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Occupational noise can have major negative effects on health as it causes hearing damage and deafness, stress, poor productivity, and interferes with communication. A practical guide for buyers of machineries raises awareness of the risks related to...

European Commission encourages Member States to ratify the violence and harassment convention

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 12, 2020.


 © EU-OSHA /David Tijero Osorio

The European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Decision allowing Member States to take forward the process of ratifying the Convention on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work . This is the first international...

OSHwiki: Impact assessment of occupational safety and health policy

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 12, 2020.


© European Union,2017 Source EC-Audiovisual Service, Photo Paulo Nunes Dos Santos


Impact assessments allow policy makers to make informed choices on whether or not to implement a policy intervention and select an appropriate policy instrument. An OSHwiki article describes the process, key methodologies and tools used in impact...

Conference on the future of work puts a spotlight on the importance of OSH

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 12, 2020.


Image by Albert Dezetter from Pixabay

On 12th of February EU-OSHA’s Executive Director, Dr Christa Sedlatschek, attends the International Conference Future of work. Challenges and opportunities for occupational health and safety. Dr Sedlatschek takes part in the panel discussion From research to action oriented policies. She will speak about emerging hazards related to chemical substances and how to tackle them and introduce EU-OSHA’s campaign on musculoskeletal disorders (2020 – 22).

A decade of cancer research at the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 11, 2020.

Over the last years, investigators at the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have published over 50 epidemiologic studies on workplace-related cancer. The role of NIOSH in occupational cancer research has helped...

New report focusing on telework and ICT-based mobile work published by Eurofound

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 10, 2020.

Eurofound's new report Telework and ICT-based mobile work: Flexible working in the digital age analyses the employment and working conditions of people with telework and ICT-based mobile work (TICTM) arrangements, focusing on how it affects their...

Lisbon Addictions conference 2019: The use of cognitive enhancers in the workplace and the implications for OSH

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 07, 2020.

In the context of an increasingly competitive society and working environment, the use of performance-enhancing drugs is expected to grow in the future while the long-term consequences are still unknown. This scenario was further explored at the...

Call for entries to the 2020 Healthy Workplaces Film Award

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 07, 2020.


 © EU-OSHA / David Tijero Osorio

This year EU-OSHA presents the Healthy Workplaces Film Award together with the Doclisboa documentary film festival in Lisbon, Portugal. Entries for submission of documentary films are now open. 

The Award honours the best documentary on a work-related topic with a €5,000 prize and subtitling in a selection of European languages.

Find out more about the criteria to apply for the award

Prevention of workplace heat stress in the scope of Horizon 2020 research project

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 06, 2020.


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An EU funded research programme, Heat-Shield is addressing the negative health and productivity effects caused by working in the heat. The project looks into how heat stress affects workers' health and productivity, the signs and symptoms of heat...

OiRA introduced in the legislation of Croatia

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 06, 2020.


Image by Websi from Pixabay

The use of Online Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools is now embedded in the Croatian legislation , which makes OiRA officially recognised in the country. Croatia is the most recent OiRA partner who joined the community in 2016. Two years later, the...

Osteoporosis and fragility fractures policy toolkit just published

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 05, 2020.


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The Health Policy Partnership (HPP) launched a resource for European policymakers: Osteoporosis and fragility fractures: a policy toolkit. It is focused on fracture and falls prevention and underlines that this must include European-level...

World Cancer Day 2020: committed to working together for cancer-free workplaces

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Feb 04, 2020.


Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

In the last 20 years, the World Cancer Day on 4 February has grown into a powerful movement inspiring organisations, communities and individuals to increase awareness and take action for reducing the global impact of the disease.

Work-related cancer remains the biggest occupational health challenge in Europe. 120,000 cancer cases occur annually because of exposure to carcinogens at work.

OSH practitioners invited to a course on substitution of dangerous substances at work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Jan 31, 2020.



Practitioners from enterprises dealing with chemicals and dangerous substances, labour inspectorates, environmental authorities and academia from different disciplines, are encouraged to enrol in a training organised by NIVA education on Alternative...

Napo calls for entries to the International Media Festival for Prevention

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Jan 30, 2020.



29 February 2020 is the closing date for submission of entries to the International Media Festival for Prevention, which takes place in Toronto, Canada, 4-7 October 2020. Napo, the popular animated safety and health ambassador has dedicated this...

Occupational safety and health news across Europe - delivered by OSHmail in over 200 editions!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Jan 30, 2020.


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Each month, a multilingual compilation of online news about occupational safety and health (OSH) reaches thousands of subscribers across Europe through OSHmail, our e-newsletter.

A warm thank you to all our subscribers for their trust, continuing interest in OSH and motivation to work together with us to promote safer and healthier workplaces in Europe.

If you haven’t had the chance to read OSHmail, have a look at its latest editions.

Forthcoming course about Health Promoting and Sustainable Leadership

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Jan 27, 2020.


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An occupational safety and health (OSH) course organised by the the Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health (NIVA) will provide participants with clear insights of current empirical evidence of health promoting leadership and...

Good Practice Award 2018-19: Czech company protects public workers from exposure to illegal narcotics

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Jan 23, 2020.


Source: VAKOS XT, a.s.

The Czech pharmaceutical company VAKOS XT, a.s., became one of this year’s Good Practice Awards winners for developing measures to protect police and rescue services personnel from exposure to illegal narcotics.

Making women visible in occupational health and safety

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Jan 17, 2020.



The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) published a resource on integrating gender into workplace health and safety. It provides a brief outline of the problem,...

Open call for tender for a qualitative follow-up study of ESENER 2019

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Jan 16, 2020.


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EU-OSHA launched a call for tender for the delivery of a qualitative follow-up study of the ESENER 2019 - the third European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks. The study will provide EU-OSHA with information on the factors that are...

Upcoming recruitment for the position of Project Manager at EU-OSHA

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Jan 16, 2020.


Image by Quinn Kampschroer from Pixabay

Are you interested to work for EU-OSHA? Are you keen to apply and further develop your expertise in the field of occupational safety and health? We published a call for application for the vacancy of Project Manager (CA FG IV) to join our Prevention...

EU-OSHA is a success story, says the EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Jan 16, 2020.


The ever-changing world of work brings new risks for workers’ safety and health, and we need to communicate and share good practices between companies and Member States reaching out to businesses, hubs and local factories. In a video message to EU-OSHA, the European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, acknowledges the Agency’s contribution in empowering companies with online risk assessment tools, and helping the European Commission to anticipate new and emerging risks.

OSHwiki: Health risks and prevention practices during handling of fumigated containers

By EU-OSHA from . Published on Jan 15, 2020.


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Transport of goods by freight containers is used all over the world. More than 600 million container units are filled, shipped and stripped annually. What do we know about the containers that arrive in European ports with respect to fumigant...