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ILO - Occupational Safety and Health courses for 2021

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 20.01.2021.

20/01/2021
The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) organises a new set of on-line and on-site courses in the field of Occupational Safety and Health for 2021. A wide range of OSH courses taught in English, Spanish, or...

Supporting musculoskeletal health in the workplace — find out all you need to know

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 19.01.2021.

19/01/2021

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What are work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), why is it so important to prevent them and how can we do this? Our new info sheet explains it all!

From details of different MSDs health issues and the associated risk factors to clearly laid out facts and figures that demonstrate just how prevalent these debilitating disorders are, the info sheet is an invaluable and practical resource.

Hairdressing social partners continue to cooperate to improve health and safety in their sector

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 18.01.2021.

18/01/2021
In their latest joint statement , social partners in the hairdressing sector welcome the cooperation between the European Commission, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), and the social partners regarding the autonomous...

Safety training package for the construction workers

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 14.01.2021.

14/01/2021
Safety training targeting both native and migrant workers in the construction sector was developed in the European Safety Training and Evaluation Supporting European Mobility (ESTEEM) project . The training focuses on integrating technical and non-...

Visual Zero Fund Virtual Forum – preventing work-related accidents in supply chains

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 14.01.2021.

14/01/2021
The International Labour Organization (ILO) supports the first Vision Zero Fund High-Level Forum, a three-day virtual event to prevent work-related deaths, injuries, and diseases in sectors operating global supply chains. From the 23rd to the 25th...

OSHwiki: How to decrease physical inactivity at work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 13.01.2021.

13/01/2021

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

Physical inactivity and long periods of uninterrupted sitting are inevitable part of the office workplace reality. Noteworthy is that the health risks associated with the sedentary character of work cannot be fully compensated by physical exercise...

Better schools by promoting musculoskeletal health

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.12.2020.

02/12/2020
Movement is an essential requirement for proper cognitive and musculoskeletal development in children and adolescents. During the Covid-19 pandemic situation, as young people cope with a different and more sedentary living, musculoskeletal health...

Preventing musculoskeletal disorders in the construction sector

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 11.01.2021.

11/01/2021

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Moving loads, awkward postures and vibrations from machinery all take their toll on the body: it is no surprise then that construction workers face an increased risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

A new discussion paper explores this issue and looks at the importance of effective risk assessment.

Work-related MSDs: knowing the facts and figures to act

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.01.2021.

07/01/2021
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Did you know that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are workers’ number one health complaint across European workplaces, having a substantial impact on health, businesses and national economies? A special section on the Lighten the Load campaign website tells you everything you need to know about the nature and extent of this issue and the business case for tackling MSDs in the workplace.

Resources available under this section include an info sheet, research reports, case studies, practical tools and guidance with up-to-date information, statistics and advice.

Food production and sale sector: Twelve OiRA tools for a proper risk assessment

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 05.01.2021.

05/01/2021

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OiRA tools tailored for bakeries, butchers, horticultural and dairy production enable small and medium-sized enterprises in the sectors assess specific occupational risks, as required by law. The preventive measures proposed help to eliminate or...

Portugal takes up Presidency of the Council of the EU

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 04.01.2021.

04/01/2021

On 1 January 2021, Portugal took over the Council Presidency from Germany. Under the Portuguese Council Presidency, the priorities for the next six months will focus on fighting poverty, exclusion and inequality, implementing the European Pillar of Social Rights, as well as on the social summit to debate a fair post-pandemic recovery.

European Occupational Diseases Statistics (EODS) - new pilot project by Eurostat

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 23.12.2020.

23/12/2020
The European Occupational Diseases Statistics (EODS) is an experimental project by Eurostat to assess legislation's efficiency in safety and health at work at the European level. This project responds to the need to have a unique database that...

OiRA for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sectors

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 22.12.2020.

22/12/2020

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Accidents in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors are very often serious or even fatal. Proper risk assessment is an indispensable step to help protect every worker in the sector. OiRA tools support the micro and small companies in the...

Season’s Greetings and best wishes for a safe and healthy New Year

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 17.12.2020.

17/12/2020

Dear colleagues,

2020 will be a year seared in all our memories. It’s been a year that has fundamentally challenged long established certainties about what we think is safe and what we believe is healthy in all areas of our lives.

Lighten the Load: building the content backbone of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 15.12.2020.

15/12/2020

Why get involved in the ‘Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load’ campaign? Its broad offer of tools and resources embraces a spectrum of topical issues with one purpose in mind: to help workers and employers tackle effectively musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at any workplace in Europe.

The campaign resources are organised into several  key priority areas, evenly distributed over the full duration of the campaign and wrapped up in rich and comprehensive communication packages.

Practical tools for more inclusive and healthier workplaces

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 14.12.2020.

14/12/2020

EU-OSHA supports CHRODIS PLUS – an EU initiative to strengthen the inclusiveness of workplaces and the work ability of employees with chronic conditions. As part of the project, a workbox on Employment and Chronic Conditions has been published which includes two components: a training tool for managers and a toolkit for workplaces.

The training tool for managers aims to raise awareness of the benefits of inclusion and good management of employees with or at risk of chronic health problems at the workplace.

OSH-focused newsletter by the European Construction Sector Observatory (ECSO)

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.12.2020.

10/12/2020
The European Construction Sector Observatory (ECSO) aims to inform policymakers and industry stakeholders about market conditions and policy developments in Europe's construction sector. ECSO recently launched a newsletter focused on occupational...

Navigating occupational risks in 2020 and beyond: the impact of OiRA

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.12.2020.

10/12/2020

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An unprecedented year that has turned the world upside down, 2020 has also become a catalyst for important achievements in occupational safety and health.

Good news from our Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) partners start with impressive numbers: over 147 000 risk assessments with OiRA tools have been carried out by micro and small enterprises all over Europe during the past decade.

Preventing musculoskeletal disorders among women, migrants and LGBTI workers

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.12.2020.

08/12/2020

© EU-OSHA/Mohammad Javad Khazaee

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can affect anyone, but research shows that groups of workers at risk of discrimination, such as women, migrants and LGBTI workers, are particularly at risk.

A new, comprehensive report establishes why these groups typically have poorer occupational safety and health conditions and what companies and public bodies can do to address the issue.

Interviews with experts, focus groups with workers and case study analyses shape new policy recommendations for the prevention of MSDs among an increasingly diverse European workforce.

Public consultation now open on the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work (2021-2027)

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.12.2020.

07/12/2020

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The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the crucial importance of health, including health and safety at work. This initiative builds on the previous EU Strategic Framework 2014-2020. It aims to maintain and improve the high health & safety standards for EU workers - also in light of new circumstances, and will help to prepare for new crises and threats. It will identify key objectives and set out a strategic framework to encourage EU countries and stakeholders to work together on common priorities.

Online workshop introduces the purpose of OSH and the principles of risk assessment to Greek businesses

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.12.2020.

07/12/2020
Occupational safety and health (OSH) is critical to the smooth running of any business. To help employees within Greek micro, small and medium-sized businesses undertake the role of Safety Technician, the Greek focal point is organising a training...

Call for papers - "Research and Practice of Occupational Health and Safety in the New Normal" by Industrial Health

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.12.2020.

07/12/2020
Industrial Health is a scientific journal published by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health of Japan (JNIOSH). This publication covers all aspects of occupational medicine - ergonomics, industrial hygiene, engineering, safety,...

Twelve OiRA tools can help assess risks in office work and administration

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 04.12.2020.

04/12/2020

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Working at the office may seem less risky because it does not include the dangerous machinery or heavy physical labour. However, ergonomic risk factors such as prolonged sitting as well as psychosocial aspects still pose important threats to...

MSDs and OSH in agriculture: the challenge of biomechanical risk assessment

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.12.2020.

03/12/2020

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More than a third of the global workforce is employed in agriculture – a sector associated with a high risk of MSDs. The varied nature of the work makes risk assessment a challenge.

A new paper describes how Italy’s work safety authority INAIL has helped standardise biomechanical risk assessment through the use of the OCRA — Occupational Repetitive Actions — checklist.

It also explores the use of a newly developed web tool to raise worker awareness of risks, such as repetitive upper limb movements associated with fruit harvesting.

OSH-focused film screened in Hungary and Poland highlights recovery from mental health issues

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.12.2020.

02/12/2020

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Following a screening of the Healthy Workplaces Film Award -winning documentary Bird Island in Spain in November, two subsequent screenings are being organised in Hungary and Poland in December. The documentary provides a visual representation of...

Watch new video on how to prevent musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 01.12.2020.

01/12/2020

Preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can be achieved through simple measures — the new Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load campaign video explains how.

This concise and easy-to-follow video clip is a must-watch for everyone with a part to play in tackling these painful disorders, which, if untreated, can result in disability, chronic condition and early retirement.

Another OiRA training for SMEs in Greece

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 30.11.2020.

30/11/2020

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Following the success of previous seminars, our Greek focal point in cooperation with the Athens Chamber of Commerce & Industry (EBEA) is organising a third seminar for owners of low-risk small and micro-enterprises on how to use OiRA to improve...

New guidance by the European Transport Federation - addressing harassment against women in the transport sector

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 30.11.2020.

30/11/2020
Violence and harassment against women transport workers by third parties (customers, passengers and the public) have become a severe issue. A European Transport Federation (ETF) survey in 2017 revealed that half of the women in the transport sector...

Alert and sentinel systems in OSH: presentations for experts and non-experts in various languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 27.11.2020.

27/11/2020

© EU-OSHA/Dries Vanderschaeghe

How to identify situations or workplaces where occupational safety and health (OSH) management needs to be improved? An important step is the monitoring of work-related diseases considered to be early warning signs. We have just translated in more...

COVID-19 - New rapid risk assessment for long-term care facilities by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 25.11.2020.

25/11/2020
Long-term residents in care homes are a particularly vulnerable population group. In some European countries, deaths in care homes represent 30-60% of all COVID-19 related deaths. In light of this situation, the European Centre for Disease...