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Work-related musculoskeletal disorders: prevalence, costs and demographics in the EU

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 15.11.2019.

15/11/2019

© Cristina Vatielli 

Our new comprehensive European overview report and summary look at how MSDs affect the European workforce, society and economy.

These publications are part of a large-scale EU-OSHA project aimed at analysing national and European data on MSDs, their impact on health and work, risk factors, and prevention and return-to-work measures.

This in-depth analysis points to the need for an integrated approach to preventing work-related MSDs, which affect millions of workers and cost employers billions of euros. 

Some national reports will follow soon.

Healthy Workplaces Summit 2019 marks the end of a successful 2-year Dangerous Substances campaign

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 12.11.2019.

12/11/2019

EU-OSHA and its partners and stakeholders gather in Bilbao for the final milestone of the 2018-19 campaign — Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances.

The summit celebrates the achievements of the campaign and gives delegates the opportunity to share experiences and best practice on substitution of dangerous substances, minimising exposure to carcinogens and challenges for effective prevention.

Communication campaign for hairdressers run by Ergohair

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 11.11.2019.

11/11/2019
An awareness-raising campaign for hairdressers has been initiated by the EU-project Ergohair . Through a fun training calendar, the campaign provides practical information for improving the physically demanding and focused working life of...

Global OSH Coalition is introduced at the Vision Zero Summit in Helsinki

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.11.2019.

08/11/2019
The Global Coalition on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) will contribute to the practical implementation of the commitments that have been made in the last decade in global forums such as EU OSH Strategy, United Nations SDG, G7- and G20-...

OSHwiki article in the spotlight

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.11.2019.

07/11/2019

photo: Jenny Friedrichs via https://pixabay.com/

Working with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) This OSHwiki article covers any problem that affects muscles, bones or joints and impacts on a person’s ability to work. It may be caused or aggravated by work and then is often called a ‘...

OiRA: risk assessment made simple

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.11.2019.

07/11/2019

EU-OSHA’s Online interactive Risk Assessment platform — OiRA — has been a major achievement in the Agency’s 25 years of promoting and facilitating effective workplace risk assessment and management.

The user-friendly web-based platform helps businesses across Europe, particularly micro and small enterprises (MSEs), assess and manage occupational safety and health (OSH) risks across a range of sectors and in many European languages.

OiRA has been instrumental in helping EU-OSHA and its partners reach out to MSEs and improve safety and health.

Research on early warning systems for identification of work-related diseases - now available in more languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 05.11.2019.

05/11/2019

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A report presents the successful approaches to identifying emerging occupational health risks and work-related diseases across the EU and beyond. This research will allow a better understanding of effective alert and sentinel approaches and the ways...

The 2019 Healthy Workplaces Film Award goes to…

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 05.11.2019.

05/11/2019

© Dok Leipzig

Bird Island by Sergio da Costa and Maya Kosa has claimed the title of best film on a topic related to work at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Film (DOK Leipzig).

The winning film tackles rehabilitation by creating a captivating analogy between the patience and care needed to ensure the recovery of injured birds in a sanctuary and of a young man returning to work following long-term illness.

Forthcoming occupational safety and health course: Transformation of work in the digital era

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 04.11.2019.

04/11/2019

Gerard Altman via pixabay.com 

An occupational safety and health course organised by NIVA will provide an overview of digitalization of work as a profound sociotechnical transformation and the possibilities and threats digitalization brings to the workplace. This course aims to...

EU-OSHA takes part in the A+A Trade Fair in Düsseldorf

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 04.11.2019.

04/11/2019

From 5 – 8 November 2019 EU-OSHA participates in the 36th A+A International Congress and Trade Fair on safety, security and health at work.

EU-OSHA’s Executive Director talks about the future of occupational health and safety in Europe covering strategies, projects and networks.

Other contributions include the incidence, causes and costs of work-related accidents and illnesses, the Vision Zero project and dangerous substances, successful prevention using risk assessments and implementation in micro and small enterprises.

Stress and psychosocial risks management e-guide in the spotlight

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 01.11.2019.

01/11/2019

This e-guide was launched in the frame of the Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign in 2014. The tool responds to the needs of employers and people working in small enterprises who need to get practical advice and guidance on the first steps for managing psychosocial risks in the workplace.

Revamped now in a new format, the e-guide is available in English, Spanish and Slovenian.

EU-OSHA’s Executive Director visits Lisbon to close the Healthy Workplaces campaign in Portugal

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 31.10.2019.

31/10/2019

marselelia via Pixabay.com

On 5 th November, EU-OSHA Executive Director, Dr Christa Sedlatschek , visits Lisbon to participate in the Portuguese closing event for the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign . The visit aims to give insight into the lessons...

The state of OSH in MSEs – a summary of the final analysis of SESAME project published in more languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 22.10.2019.

22/10/2019

© EU-OSHA / Courtesy of the Cypriot Department of Labour Inspection

SESAME is a three-year project researching the state of occupational safety and health in micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Europe. We have translated the summary of its report which sets out the findings of the final analysis of this project...

It is time to hand over the Enterprise Europe Network OSH Awards!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 21.10.2019.

21/10/2019
The 2019 Enterprise Europe Network Annual Conference takes place in Helsinki, Finland, from 21 to 23 October. EU-OSHA, together with DG GROW and EASME hands over the EEN OSH Promotion Award, on 22 October in plenary, as a recognition of the...

OSH articles on e-retail and performance-enhancing drugs: now available in more languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 18.10.2019.

18/10/2019

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Two EU-OSHA publications look at the occupational and safety risks emerging in Europe’s workplaces as a result of the rapid growth of e-retail and the increasing use of performance-enhancing drugs. Now you can download them in more language versions...

New policy brief focused on chronic diseases in the workplace published by Eurofound

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 17.10.2019.

17/10/2019

Eurostat via eurofound.europa.eu

Eurofound's new policy brief How to respond to chronic health problems in the workplace? examines chronic disease in EU workplaces. It combines European Working Conditions Survey and other EU and national level data to inspect the prevalence and...

The European Labour Authority (ELA) is now operative and EU-OSHA is appointed to its Management Board

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 17.10.2019.

17/10/2019
The inaugural ceremony of the European Labour Authority (ELA) and the first meeting of its Management Board takes place in Brussels on 16 and 17 October 2019. ELA, which is to be host in Bratislava, contributes to ensuring that EU rules on labour...

Bone and Joint Awareness Week 2019

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 16.10.2019.

16/10/2019

Burst via pexels.com

16 October is the World Spine Day with a theme Get Spine Active! Back pain affects all age groups and it is the biggest single cause of disability in the world. This day also comes under the umbrella of the current Bone and Joint Action Week . The...

Policies, strategies, programmes and actions supporting OSH in MSEs - publication available in more languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 16.10.2019.

16/10/2019

Free-Photos via pixabay.com

A summary that provides an overview of how occupational safety and health (OSH) can be supported in micro and small enterprises (MSEs) is now available in more language versions. In the related report, good examples from 12 different EU countries...

Improving safety and health in micro and small enterprises — construction and agriculture

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 16.10.2019.

16/10/2019

© EU-OSHA / Photo Competition 2011

On 16 October in Brussels, EU-OSHA hosts a conference on occupational safety and health (OSH) in micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Europe. The event has a particular focus on the high-risk construction and agriculture sectors involving the main sectoral social partners in the debate.

‘Safety and health in MSEs in the EU: the view from the workplace’ – available in different languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 15.10.2019.

15/10/2019

rawpixel via pixabay.com 

This summary presents the findings of a study on understandings and experiences of occupational safety and health (OSH) in 162 micro and small enterprises. The publication examines OSH experiences from the worker and owner-manager perspectives,...

OSH Experts discuss the value of occupational safety and health

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.10.2019.

10/10/2019

Florian Pircher via pixabay.com

An expert meeting on the value of occupational safety and health (OSH) takes place on 10 and 11 October at the EU-OSHA’s premises in Bilbao. Leading OSH experts and representatives from ILO/WHO and ICOH look at the findings of the second stage of EU...

IOSH calls for research proposals in the field of OSH

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.10.2019.

09/10/2019
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) invites researchers to submit proposals in the priority areas of non-health-related fatalities and work-related musculoskeletal disorders . Successful applications are likely to use well-...

How can we protect vulnerable workers from dangerous substances?

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.10.2019.

09/10/2019

Some groups of workers are more at risk than others when exposed to dangerous substances. This can happen because these workers are inexperienced, uninformed or physically more vulnerable. Other reasons include frequent change of jobs, or working in sectors where awareness is low, or because of greater or different physiological sensitivity.

EU-OSHA hosts meeting of EU agencies' staff committees

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.10.2019.

08/10/2019

@EU-OSHA/Gorka Moral

In its 25th anniversary year, EU-OSHA celebrates social dialogue by hosting the Assembly of Agency Staff Committees at its premises. The agenda offers three days packed with useful information on important issues related to staff well-being and...

Musculoskeletal health of hairdressers in the agenda of ErgoHair

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.10.2019.

08/10/2019

© EU-OSHA /Courtesy of the Cypriot Department of Labour Inspection

A medical reference document developed in the framework of the ErgoHair project provides the hairdressing sector with a guideline for developing a healthy work environment. The document gives an overview of the hairdressing sector in Europe and a...

EU-OSHA visits the Norwegian Association of Occupational Medicine (NAOM)

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.10.2019.

07/10/2019

Daniel Diaz via pixabay.com

On 8 th October, EU-OSHA Executive Director Dr Christa Sedlatschek visits the Norwegian Association of Occupational Medicine (NAOM). The visit aims to explore future opportunities for mutual learning and collaboration between EU-OSHA and NAOM in the...

EU-OSHA innovates in online communication on workplace safety and health

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.10.2019.

07/10/2019

Effective communication with its target audiences is key to EU-OSHA’s awareness-raising activities. A pioneering approach to using the Internet and social media has allowed EU-OSHA to develop and disseminate innovative tools and reach the OSH community effectively.

Read our new article to learn more about how EU-OSHA developed its online presence.

OSHwiki article in the spotlight: Managing low back conditions and low back pain

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 04.10.2019.

04/10/2019

© EU-OSHA / David Tijero Osorio

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for seeking health care, and it is now one of the commonest health reasons given for work loss. Study shows that researchers are often restricted to studying ‘low back pain’ as a broad and non-specific...

Towards safer working environments at school with OiRA

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 04.10.2019.

04/10/2019

International Teacher’s Day on 5th October is not only a time to show gratitude to educators – it is an occasion to reflect on how their status, rights and working conditions can be further improved.