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EU-OSHA stands in solidarity with victims of Barcelona and Cambrils attacks

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 18.08.2017.

18/08/2017
We would like to express our horror at the latest terrorist attacks in Spain and our deepest sympathy for the victims. We stand in solidarity with the victims’ families, friends and the Spanish people in upholding the fundamental values and freedoms...

Good practice guides on agriculture and fishing — now available!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 17.08.2017.

17/08/2017

Two comprehensive sectoral good practice guides on occupational safety and health are now available for download in over 20 languages. Published by the European Commission, they cover agriculture, livestock farming, horticulture and forestry; and small fishing vessels (which make up 80 % of the EU’s fishing fleet). Packed with examples of good practices for risk prevention, real-life case studies and practical resources, they are excellent guides to keeping workers in these sectors safe from harm. The guides are a user-friendly reference with glossaries, illustrations and charts.

Supporting safer, healthier and more successful small businesses

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 14.08.2017.

14/08/2017

Micro and small enterprises are the backbone of the EU’s economy. However, small companies can find managing occupational safety and health challenging because of a lack of resources or know-how.

To address this, EU-OSHA has launched an extensive project that identifies policies, strategies and practical solutions, specifically for managing workplace safety and health in small enterprises. The results will provide evidence-based support for policy-makers and good practices supporting OSH in small businesses — making Europe a safer and healthier place to work.

International Youth Day: EU-OSHA promotes healthy workplaces for young workers

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 11.08.2017.

11/08/2017

International Youth Day, held on 12 August 2017, highlights the challenges faced by young people throughout the world.

Young people, aged 18 to 24 years, are particularly vulnerable to hazards in the workplace with a 40% higher rate of non-fatal injuries than older workers in all sectors. EU-OSHA is committed to tackling this, and, as part of this commitment, the 2016-17 campaign promotes healthy workplaces for all ages.

Experiences of arrangements for health, safety and welfare in the global container terminal industry

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.08.2017.

09/08/2017
A report submitted to the IOSH Research Committee discusses the health and safety arrangements in container terminals operated by national and global logistics companies in several countries. The research was co-funded with the International...

Study finds high heels and MSDs link

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.08.2017.

08/08/2017
New research has strengthened the link between dress codes requiring women to wear high-heeled shoes for work and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The research by academics at the University of Aberdeen and published in BMC Public Health , is...

Supporting the European Pillar of Social Rights with the project ‘Safer and healthier work at any age’

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.08.2017.

03/08/2017

Protecting the interests of all workers, regardless of age, is particularly important in the context of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which aims to deliver rights such as equal opportunities and fair working conditions; for example, one of its 20 principles is ‘Workers have the right to a working environment adapted to their professional needs and which enables them to prolong their partici

Want to stay safe while driving for work? Napo shows you how

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 31.07.2017.

31/07/2017

Do you drive for work, or do you manage drivers? In his latest film, Napo deals with some of the safety and health risks facing professional drivers.

The film takes a light-hearted look at topics including maintenance, adverse weather and using alternatives to driving when appropriate. It highlights the importance of good planning and preparation, including safe cargo loading, planning the most efficient route and allowing enough time to safely complete a journey.

People-Centred Prevention Strategies on OSH to be analysed at the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 28.07.2017.

28/07/2017
This symposium, organized by ENETOSH will take place in the scope of the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work on 5 September. Acting as an expert group, the participants will analyse key-factors of the new approach to people-centred...

Health, safety and security at work event during the A+A trade forum in Düsseldorf, Germany

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 28.07.2017.

28/07/2017
A+A in October 2017 will once again be the largest international trade forum for safety, security and health at work. For the first time, NRW.International, partner of the Enterprise Europe Network, will organise a 2-day event in the field of health...

EU-OSHA is hiring a Head of Unit Resource and Service Centre (AD 10)

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 27.07.2017.

27/07/2017
We are currently looking for a candidate with a solid background in administration and resource management to lead a unit of approximately 12 staff members. As a member of the Agency’s management group, the jobholder will oversee all aspects of...

Emerging risks: acting now to ensure tomorrow’s workplaces are safe and healthy

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.07.2017.

26/07/2017

 Visit EU-OSHA’s website section on emerging risks to find out more about our work in this important area. New and emerging risks — caused, for example, by new forms of work or innovative work processes — are anticipated and analysed through our European Risk Observatory.

EU-OSHA welcomes Members of the European Parliament to its Bilbao headquarters!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 20.07.2017.

20/07/2017

There was quite some excitement in EU-OSHA, Bilbao, as we welcomed a delegation of MEPs for a two-day study visit on July 17-18 2017.  Director, Christa Sedlatschek, and staff were on hand to guide the guests through several presentations of our flagship activities, including ESENER, the Online Interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) project, our worldwide awareness-raising campaigns and projects dedicated to micro and small enterprises.

A new OSHwiki article highlights the risks and hazards of process-generated contaminants

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 20.07.2017.

20/07/2017
Process-generated contaminants can be generated as emissions from combustion processes, abrasion and/or other processes that physically or chemically degrade or otherwise modify the starting material(s), e.g. degradation/composting of organic...

Trade union strategies to prevent, manage and eliminate work-place harassment and violence against women

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 19.07.2017.

19/07/2017
A report produced as part of the ‘Safe at Home, Safe at Work’ Project of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) draws together evidence collected from interviews carried out as part of 11 detailed country case studies of European-level...

The XXI World Congress on Safety and Health approaches

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 17.07.2017.

17/07/2017
The XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work — with the motto "A Global Vision of Prevention" — will be held in Singapore on 3-6 September 2017. This global OSH forum has been chosen to present the results of a joint project on developing...

EU: ECHA Enforcement forum inspection campaign on substances subject to authorisation

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 12.07.2017.

12/07/2017
REACH inspectors find that not all companies are complying with authorisation requirements. Inspectors in 17 European countries have checked compliance with the authorisation obligations under REACH for the use and placing on the market of 13...

Find out all you need to know about vehicle safety at work with the VeSafe e-guide

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 12.07.2017.

12/07/2017

The VeSafe e-guide is an interactive one-stop shop for information on vehicle-related risks at work. It covers safe driving, workplace transport and working on or near a road. A joint effort by EU-OSHA and the European Commission, the guide includes many examples of good practice and an overview of relevant regulations. What’s more, it’s free and easy to use, and you can filter the information by risk or vehicle type.

3D printing and monitoring of workers: a new industrial revolution?

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 06.07.2017.

06/07/2017

Technology is playing an ever-increasing role in the workplace and is changing the way people work. This can be good for workers, but it may also result in new and emerging occupational safety and health (OSH) risks. EU-OSHA has published two new expert reviews examining the use of specific types of technology in the workplace: one discusses 3D printing (additive manufacturing) and potential new risks in terms of liability, materials used, flexible ways of working, and monotony on the job.

DE - BAuA factsheet on dust exposures at work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 06.07.2017.

06/07/2017
Dust is almost everywhere but is often not recognised as a hazard for health. But dust can have severe health consequences. Year after year around 6,000 cases of disorders of the respiratory tract caused by dust are recognized as occupational...

EU-OSHA Key performance indicators 2016 at a glance

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 05.07.2017.

05/07/2017
A new infographic presents EU-OSHA’s 2016 key performance indicators (KPIs). Having identified six areas of its work that are vital for implementing its mission and vision , EU-OSHA established KPIs for them, using a range of metrics to assess...

Estonia takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.07.2017.

03/07/2017
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On 1 July 2017, Estonia takes over the Council Presidency from Malta.

Estonia hosts the first term of a new Presidency trio and will be followed by the Bulgarian and Austrian Presidencies.

The Estonian Presidency’s focus is on protecting the EU’s core values, its economy and its people. Advancing Europe’s open and innovative economy, promoting digital services and ensuring sustainable employment — through skill development and reducing inequality — are some of its objectives.

Towards age-friendly work in Europe: a life-course perspective on work and ageing from EU Agencies

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 29.06.2017.

29/06/2017

The EU’s population and workforce are ageing. This has implications for employment, working conditions, living standards and welfare. How should we respond to these challenges? A new report, coordinated by EU-OSHA, shows how information from four agencies can support policy-making that is both complementary and greater than the sum of its parts.  The report draws on the agencies’ expertise in each of their areas and covers the different challenges associated with the ageing workforce and considers innovative solutions.

Work-related cancer prevention as the focus of EU-OSHA’s Director visit to Romania

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.06.2017.

26/06/2017
On 26-28 June, EU-OSHA’s Director Dr Christa Sedlatschek visits Romania to contribute to the seminar “ Ageing workforce: prevention and management of occupational diseases like work-related cancers ”. The event showcases an occupational medicine...

Supporting micro and small companies with interactive risk assessment tools - Conference

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 16.06.2017.

16/06/2017
On 17 May 2017, EU-OSHA and the European Commission jointly convened a conference to discuss how to support micro and small companies (MSEs) through the use of interactive risk assessment tools. The purpose of the conference was to assess the tools...

Annual report 2016: celebrating achievements, planning for the future

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 13.06.2017.

13/06/2017

EU-OSHA’s annual report outlines its major activities in 2016. To give just a few examples, last year, EU-OSHA published findings from the latest edition of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2) focusing on occupational safety and health (OSH) in general, psychosocial risks in particular, workers’ involvement in OSH management and the main drivers and barriers to action.

Packed programme of activities and events welcome EU-OSHA’s Director in Slovenia

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 13.06.2017.

13/06/2017
From 14 to 16 June, Dr Christa Sedlatschek , Director of EU-OSHA visits Slovenia to meet representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, and the Slovenian National Network for Cooperation with the Agency...

Roadmap on Carcinogens: get the latest news and join the community of friends

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.06.2017.

08/06/2017
One year ago the covenant on carcinogens has been signed as a symbolic start for the Roadmap Amsterdam – Vienna. Awareness- raising activities took place in many countries and the first good practices were published to help companies prevent...

Managing multilingual websites - an example of good practice

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.06.2017.

07/06/2017

Multilingualism is fundamental for the European Union and one of EU-OSHA’s main drivers as a recognised leader in promoting safe and healthy workplaces in Europe.

Future forms of work and impact on occupational safety and health to be discussed at the Singapore World Congress in September

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 06.06.2017.

06/06/2017
The future of work shows some global trends, however there are differences in individual countries and sectors. High level experts with global and national perspectives, including the Director of EU-OSHA , will share their views in a special event...