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The battle against occupational cancer continues!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.10.2020.

The Roadmap on Carcinogens is making a major step forward with a new strategy, which will be introduced at the German presidency conference STOP Cancer at Work on 9 and 10 November 2020. This second lifespan of the Roadmap sets ambitious goals,...

14th Greening Network Meeting - Exchange of experiences on environmental matters

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 23.10.2020.

As part of its continuous effort and commitment to raising awareness about the environment, on 15 th October the Agency has hosted online – for the first time ever – the “14 th Greening Network Meeting”. With the virtual participation of more than...

Gender Equality Index 2020 - digitalisation in the world of work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 22.10.2020.

Digitalisation has changed our lives. It made many things faster and easier, but has it improved everyone´s life? The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) raises this question and takes a special look at how digitalisation and the Covid-19...

Join our partners to mark the European Week for Safety and Health at Work 2020!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 19.10.2020.

Join our partners to mark the European Week

This year's European Week for Safety and Health at Work, held from 19 to 23 October 2020, is raising awareness about the recently launched Campaign 2020-22 Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load, which focuses on preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

National Focal Points in action for sustainable OSH culture

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 16.10.2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop EU-OSHA’s national focal points (FOPs) from organising occupational safety and health (OSH) activities in their countries. Turning many onsite events into online conferences and webinars, they continue to promote...

EU-OSHA hosts the 14th Greening Network Meeting

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 15.10.2020.


Image by Džoko Stach from Pixabay

The Greening Network is a community of EU Agencies and Institutions with the common objective of exchanging information and good practices on environmentally related topics. This year´s edition, hosted virtually by EU-OSHA on 15 October, brings up a...

Staying safe down on the farm: reducing the risk of musculoskeletal disorders among agricultural workers

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 15.10.2020.

Staying safe down on the farm

Farming is a sector with one of the highest rates of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), as it traditionally involves heavy loads, repetitive movements and static postures. A new discussion paper looks into the example of Italy’s Marche region to examine how mechanisation can reduce the MSDs risk factors.

In the spotlight: European SME week

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 14.10.2020.

Every autumn, a pan-European campaign promotes entrepreneurship in Europe highlighting the role of small and medium-sized enterprises as main catalysts for employment, economic growth and innovation in Europe and beyond. Coordinated by the European...

Lighten the Load: EU-OSHA launches Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2020-2022

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 12.10.2020.

Lighten the Load

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the focus of EU-OSHA’s latest Healthy Workplaces Campaign, and with good reason. These debilitating conditions, which include backache and neck pain, are the most common ailments among workers in Europe.

The campaign was launched at a press conference with the European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, the German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil and EU-OSHA’s Executive Director, Christa Sedlatschek.

World Mental Health Day - Safe and healthy workplaces to protect workers’ wellbeing

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.10.2020.


Each 10 October marks World Mental Health Day. Under this year’s theme Mental Health for All. Greater Investment – Greater Access, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, the aim is to raise awareness of mental health issues worldwide and of the need for greater investment particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic and thereafter.

World Study reveals how cultures and communities respond to risks

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.10.2020.

A global study shows how different groups of people across the world experience risk in very different ways. The World Risk Poll carried out by Lloyd's Register Foundation highlights some interesting findings connected to the way workers perceive...

OSHwiki article in the spotlight: Epidemics and the Workplace

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.10.2020.


Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

Occupational health during an epidemic is the topic of a new OSHwiki article that looks into how some industries, such as healthcare, are more susceptible to worker ill health than others. The article gives examples of micro-organisms that can cause...

Become a media partner to support safe and healthy workplaces!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.10.2020.

Are you a media organisation that supports European safe and healthy workplaces? The media partnership scheme is now open at the same time as the new EU-OSHA’s 2020-22 Campaign Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load sees the light. The media...

Risk Assessment for office work in Italy: introducing updated OiRA tool

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.10.2020.

Thanks to our national focal point of Italy , companies across the country are learning and being encouraged to use a new Online Interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tool to improve risk assessment processes in offices. A seminar on 8 October...

Get set for the European Week for Safety and Health at Work — 19 to 23 October

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 06.10.2020.


Thousands of participants are gearing up for one of the biggest events in the occupational safety and health (OSH) calendar.

The European Week for Safety and Health at Work marks the official launch of the Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load campaign, focusing on musculoskeletal disorders. The multilingual campaign website, launched earlier in the month, offers a wide range of information, access to publications, case studies and practical tools and guidelines.

Free risk-assessment for automotive transportation sector thanks to OiRA

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 06.10.2020.



Traffic accidents, prolonged sitting, fatigue, or moving heavy objects are just few of the occupational risks in the automotive transportation sector. The Online Interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) offers ten tools to identify the hazards and assess...

XXII World OSH Virtual Meeting – Global Action & COVID-19 for sustainable workplaces

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 05.10.2020.


Following the postponement of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, a virtual meeting about occupational safety and health (OSH) and COVID-19 is held on 5 and 6 October 2020.

The event looks into a global action approach for resilient and sustainable workplaces through good governance and strong social dialogue. It also explores the relation among OSH, business continuity, and employment and labour rights in the light of COVID-19.

The new Healthy Workplaces Campaign website is now available!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.10.2020.


Find out everything you need to know about the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2020-22 on its new dedicated multilingual website. The campaign, Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load, raises awareness of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and how to prevent and manage them.

Download the key campaign materials, get practical tools and guidance, and read case studies on this common yet preventable occupational health problem, which affects workers of all ages and in all sectors.

EU-OSHA unveils the results of multiannual research on work-related MSDs

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 30.09.2020.

A webinar on 22 October wraps us the research carried forward into EU-OSHA’s 2020-22 Healthy Workplaces Campaign on work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) . The event presents key findings from a multiannual research programme on MSDs...

EU-OSHA celebrates the richness of multilingualism on the European Day of Languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 25.09.2020.


Europe’s rich linguistic diversity represents a key element in the cultural heritage of the continent that must be preserved and enhanced. Consequently, every 26 September we celebrate the European Day of Languages.

Multilingualism is a cornerstone of EU-OSHA’s work to make European workplaces safer, healthier and more productive. It significantly contributes to achieve greater intercultural knowledge sharing and to spread messages more effectively.

Commission proposes better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 23.09.2020.


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

More than 1.1 million workers in a wide range of sectors will benefit from improved protection thanks to the Commission’s proposal to further limit their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. The fourth revision of the Carcinogens and Mutagens...

Seasonal workers in the EU in times of COVID-19: factsheet published by the Commission

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 23.09.2020.


© EU-OSHA / Photo Competition 2011 / Dragan Petrusevski

In the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, factsheet with practical examples and best practices related to proper application of the existing rules on seasonal work in the EU has been published by the European Commission. The publication outlines the...

Nine OiRA tools help automotive companies to assess work-related risks

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 22.09.2020.



The Online Interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) offers nine tools for motor vehicles repair and related activities to help identify working conditions in the sector and prevent related risks. The use of tools is an efficient strategy enabling...

#EU4FairWork Week of Action now up and running

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 21.09.2020.


Image by: European Platform tackling undeclared work

The first European campaign to promote declared work, #EU4FairWork , has just launched their Week of Action. From 21-25 September members and observers of the European Platform tackling undeclared work organise activities to raise awareness of the...

North Macedonia: Training on Prevention of work-related MSDs

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 18.09.2020.

At the eve of the forthcoming Healthy Workplaces Campaign Lighten the Load 2020 – 2022 a training in North Macedonia raised awareness of the prevention and management of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The event was organized jointly...

Work today and in the future: OSH challenges and opportunities for the Nordic labour inspectorates

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 17.09.2020.

A report was commissioned by the Nordic Director Generals at the labour inspectorates to better prepare the labour inspectorates for the future of work. The purpose of the report is to identify and analyse the occupational safety and health...

Finnish Schools on the Move for physically active learning environment

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 16.09.2020.


Photo by Mesh on Unsplash

A national action programme in Finland aims to establish a physically active culture in Finnish comprehensive schools. Finnish Schools and municipalities participating in the programme implement their own individual plans to increase physical...