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WHO launches package to prevent and manage falls across the life-course

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 18.06.2021.

18/06/2021

source: www.who.int

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released the Step Safely technical package, which provides concrete recommendations for evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage falls for children and adolescents, workers, and older people. Falls...

Healthy Workplaces Campaign materials available now in the IPA beneficiaries' official languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 17.06.2021.

17/06/2021
Within the context of the Healthy Workplaces “Lighten the Load” Campaign 2020-2022, EU OSHA supports IPA beneficiaries in raising awareness of Occupational Safety and Health at the national level. EU OSHA, in close collaboration with IPA Focal...

Commission launches second-stage consultation on improving working conditions on digital labour platforms

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 16.06.2021.

16/06/2021

© EU-OSHA / David Tijero Osorio

The European Commission has launched the second-stage consultation of European social partners on how to improve the working conditions for people working through digital labour platforms. This follows the first-stage consultation to which the...

Road transport in France now safer with OiRA

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 16.06.2021.

16/06/2021
Four new Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools have been just published and one more updated in France thanks to our OiRA national partner, the French National Research and Safety Institute for the Prevention of Occupational Accidents and...

EWJI Guide about health and safety in water jetting is already available

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 15.06.2021.

15/06/2021
This informative publication is available for online consultation in the European Water Jetting Institute website.

Companies in Greece receive training on OiRA tools and the role of safety technicians

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 14.06.2021.

14/06/2021

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Online risk assessment training with OiRA takes place on 16 June in Greece. The seminar organised by the Greek focal point provides tips for small business owners on how to undertake the role of safety technicians and make the best use of OiRA tools...

SYMPOSIUM - Social Europe’s new OSH Framework - Join the debate online!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 14.06.2021.

14/06/2021

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Do not miss the EU-OSHA 'Prevention, now more than ever' symposium on the upcoming EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2021-2027.

EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit and EU-OSHA Executive Director Christa Sedlatschek share their views on managing change in the new world of work, workplace accident and illness prevention and increased preparedness for future health crises.

OSHwiki article in the spotlight: Workplace exposure to dusts and aerosols - diesel exhaust

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.06.2021.

10/06/2021

© EU-OSHA / Timurs Subhankulovs

Diesel engines are widely used for transport and power-supply and, therefore, occupational exposure to diesel exhaust is common. In 2012, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified diesel exhaust as carcinogenic to humans,...

COVID-19 risk assessments at work: let’s do it better with OiRA

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.06.2021.

10/06/2021

 © EU-OSHA 

To help businesses secure healthy workplaces in time of COVID-19, EU-OSHA offers an improved risk assessment solution with OiRA. Released in June 2020, the tailored OiRA tool has been now upgraded to better respond to the needs of different occupations and sectors.

Keeping informed on managing chronic MSDs at work has never been easier

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.06.2021.

08/06/2021

Looking to expand your knowledge on managing chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace?

Clear and concise OSHwiki articles present key facts and advice on working with rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders (RMDs), early intervention strategies and managing low back pain. And our easy-to-search database is packed with case studies, visual resources and practical tools and guidance on the topic.

Occupational safety and health news across Europe - delivered by OSHmail to you

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.06.2021.

03/06/2021

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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

The CHRODIS PLUS Joint Initiative transfers good practices in workplace health promotion

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.06.2021.

03/06/2021
Within the framework of the European Joint Action CHRODIS PLUS (JAC+), an article reports on the transfer and implementation of good practices in the field of workplace health promotion. The good practice examples, that aim to prevent and treat...

Europe’s migrant workers face higher exposure to both COVID-19 and MSDs

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 31.05.2021.

31/05/2021

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COVID-19 presents a new and disproportionate risk for migrant workers — already one of the most vulnerable groups in Europe’s workforce.

A new EU-OSHA’s discussion paper finds that migrant workers are more likely to be employed in jobs that involve contact with other people and cannot be performed from home. Such roles are also associated with a higher incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Risk Assessment for HORECA in Spain supported by two new OiRA tools

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 31.05.2021.

31/05/2021

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Physically demanding work involving prolonged standing and static postures, carrying, lifting, and repetitive movements, slips and trips… these are just few of the risks that workers in hotels, restaurants and catering are facing every day...

Protecting teleworkers’ safety and health during the COVID-19 pandemic

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.05.2021.

26/05/2021

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The sudden increase in teleworking from home during the COVID-19 pandemic has put workers at greater risk of musculoskeletal disorders and mental health problems.

A new report looks at these risks, the benefits and problems arising from teleworking, and the EU regulations in place to protect workers. It is illustrated with examples from different sectors in several countries of good teleworking practices adopted during the pandemic and highlights the importance of risk assessment.

Online Survey - Promoting Good Work into University Education

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.05.2021.

26/05/2021

Photo by Dom Fou on Unsplash

How are future leaders empowered in current university education to create good work in the present and the future? This is the guiding question of an important European online survey that investigates to what extent and how the UN Sustainable...

Advancing towards cancer free EU workplaces

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 24.05.2021.

24/05/2021

The European Week Against Cancer runs every year from 25 to 31 May under the leadership of the Association of European Cancer Leagues to raise awareness about cancer prevention, access to treatment and support for survivors.

Job Vacancy - Finance and Procurement Support Officer (CA FGIII)

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 21.05.2021.

21/05/2021
EU-OSHA is looking for a long-term Contract Agent for the Finance and Procurement Support Officer (FGIII) position. Our new teammate will be assigned to the Resource and Service Centre - the administrative unit of the Agency - providing HR, finance...

WHO/ILO Joint analysis estimates long working hours led to 745,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 20.05.2021.

20/05/2021
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have co-launched the first global estimates of the loss of life and health from ischemic heart disease and stroke attributable to exposure to long working hours. The...

International Media Festival for Prevention 2021 - Selected Entries

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 19.05.2021.

19/05/2021
This year, the World Congress on Safety and Health at Work and the International Media Festival for Prevention ( IMPF) are held virtually for the first time in their history. IMPF is organised as an integral part of the World Congress and highlights...

Promoting OSH and OiRA to students and teachers with a little help from Napo

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 19.05.2021.

19/05/2021
Introducing occupational safety and health (OSH) issues to young people helps prepare them for working life and can ensure that the message of safe and healthy workplaces is ingrained at an early age. The Greek focal point is holding an online...

Improving OSH compliance in the changing world of work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 18.05.2021.

18/05/2021

© EU-OSHA / David Tijero

How can we ensure that support for occupational safety and health (OSH) remains relevant and effective as the structure and organisation of work in EU’s workplaces evolves?  

Our major new review explores external institutional support for promoting OSH compliance and better practice. It focuses on key areas affected by change such as social norms, business incentives, supply chain relations, and the approaches of OSH regulators and prevention services. 

European Parliament Study: The impact of teleworking and digital work on workers and society

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 17.05.2021.

17/05/2021
The European Parliament released a new study on "The impact of teleworking and digital work on workers and society". This publication analyses recent trends in teleworking and their impact on workers, employers, society, and policy-making challenges...

Living and working in Europe 2020 - Eurofound´s annual report

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 14.05.2021.

14/05/2021
The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) released their annual report "Living and working in Europe 2020". This yearbook analyses how the COVID-19 confinement measures changed employment, working...

Chronic musculoskeletal disorders: finding the right solutions to stay in work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 12.05.2021.

12/05/2021

As the age of Europe’s working population increases, so do the chances of workers having chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). But — with the right support — those with chronic conditions can continue working.

EU-OSHA's Management Board has selected its candidate to be the new Executive Director

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 11.05.2021.

11/05/2021
The Management Board of EU-OSHA has selected Mr. Juan Menéndez-Valdés as its candidate to be the Agency’s new Executive Director. He will now be invited to a hearing of the Employment Committee of the European Parliament before the Management Board...

New OiRA tool for the rehabilitation and remodelling of buildings set to launch

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.05.2021.

10/05/2021
Workers in the construction sector account for a high number of occupational injuries and fatal accidents in the European Union. This derives from dangerous and regularly changing work conditions, such as working at height and operating heavy and...

Stop the spread! Could diagnostic antigen tests help control COVID-19 transmission in workplaces?

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.05.2021.

09/05/2021

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EU-OSHA has joined forces with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to explore the use of rapid antigen diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in occupational settings.

The findings are presented in a new technical report, which includes a survey of EU-OSHA’s focal points on the use of rapid antigen tests in a workplace context.

OSHwiki article in the spotlight: Process-generated contaminants

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.05.2021.

07/05/2021

 © EU-OSHA / Photo Competition 2011 / Marcos Oliveira

Process-generated contaminants include welding fumes, diesel engine exhaust, crystalline silica dust and organic dusts such as wood dust and materials associated with microorganisms such as endotoxins. An OSHwiki article looks at the health risks...

Europe Day 2021: For safe and healthy EU workplaces now and in the future

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.05.2021.

07/05/2021

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Europe Day held on 09 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historic ‘Schuman Declaration.’