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

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 17.10.2017.

17/10/2017

From 17 – 20 October EU-OSHA actively participates in the 35th A+A International Congress and Trade Fair on safety, security and health at work. Sessions cover:

Public consultation by the European Chemicals Agency

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 11.10.2017.

11/10/2017
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) launches today a public consultation on draft opinions for acrylonitrile, benzene and nickel and its compounds . The public consultation is open until 7 November (benzene/nickel) and 10 November (acrylonitrile)...

OSHwiki article in the spotlight: ISO standards in the area of the Ergonomics of the Physical Environment

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.10.2017.

10/10/2017
International standards for the design and assessment of physical environments are produced by ISO TC159 SC5 and other ISO committees. ISO standards lead to the design of the physical environment for people. Among others, there are ISO standards for...

World Mental Health Day turns spotlight on the workplace

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.10.2017.

10/10/2017

World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is observed on 10 October every year. It draws attention to mental illness and its effects on people's lives, including working lives. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'mental health in the workplace'.

25% of European citizens will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime and approximately 10% of long term health problems and disabilities can be linked to mental and emotional disorders, according to the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion.

What impact does a lack of good OSH have on the economy?

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.10.2017.

09/10/2017
“The economic case for good occupation al safety and health (OSH) is stronger than ever”, EU-OSHA’s Director Dr Christa Sedlatschek says in an article published in the Parliament Magazine . “Every effort invested in OSH, by public or private...

EU-OSHA presents results of a project on prevention of work-related diseases due to biological agents exposure

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 06.10.2017.

06/10/2017
EU-OSHA has carried out a project to raise awareness on exposures to biological agents and the related health problems, and the lack of a systematic approach to workplace prevention regarding these risk factors at work. A workshop to present the...

World Teachers’ Day: workplace safety and health starts at school

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 05.10.2017.

05/10/2017
On the World Teachers' Day, 5 October, we celebrate the role that teachers play in providing quality education for children and adults of all ages. Integrating occupational safety and health (OSH) into education is key for pupils and students to...

Call for abstracts for the 2nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 04.10.2017.

04/10/2017
The Office for Total Worker Health ® within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) opens call for abstracts for the 2 nd International Symposium to Advance Total Worker Health®. The Symposium, focused on the theme Work...

Join the CIOP-PIB “Signs of Work” media competition for young people

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.10.2017.

03/10/2017
The Central Institute for Labour Protection (CIOP-PIB, Poland) has opened a new film and photography contest, titled “Signs of Work” (O!ZNAKI PRACY 2017). It is aimed at encouraging discussion on work safety related challenges and promoting artistic...

Spain: Raising awareness on mental health at work on the eve of the World Mental Health Day 2017

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.10.2017.

03/10/2017
A workshop to create awareness about mental health at work takes place on 3 October 2017 in Madrid. The event is organised by the Confederación SALUD MENTAL ESPAÑA as part of the World Mental Health Day 2017, observed every year, on 10 October. 25%...

European Week 2017: perfect time to promote safer and healthier workplaces for all ages!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.10.2017.

03/10/2017

Awareness-raising events and activities take place all over Europe during the 2017 European Week for Safety and Health at Work to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing.

Under the umbrella of the Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign, the week (23-27 October) is an ideal opportunity for public authorities, private companies as well as citizens to get involved.

International Media Festival for Prevention 2017 – who are the winners?

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.10.2017.

02/10/2017
The International Media Festival for Prevention, that took place in September at the World Congress for Safety and Health at Work in Singapore, attracted 235 entries from 38 countries. Nine entries - six films and three multimedia products - were...

Follow the 4 essential steps of risk assessment with a new OiRA infographic

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 27.09.2017.

27/09/2017

A new infographic produced within the framework of the Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) project is now available in English. The ‘Risk assessment with OiRA in 4 steps’ visual provides an eye-catching description of the 4 steps of the risk assessment process; from preparation, through the identification & evaluation of risks, to setting up an action plan and reporting. A video based on the illustration will also be released later in the year.

It is the European Day of languages. Celebrate it with us!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.09.2017.

26/09/2017
At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated on 26 September every year since 2001. Europe is rich in languages - there are over 200 European languages and many more spoken by citizens...

Why to invest in occupational safety and health?

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.09.2017.

26/09/2017
‘Protecting employees’ health and safety is a moral and legal imperative’, EU-OSHA’s Director Dr Christa Sedlatschek says in an article published in the Financial Times . ‘In Europe we can be proud, our working conditions are the best in the world,...

Promoting the “Healthy Workplaces for All Ages” campaign among OSH professionals

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.09.2017.

26/09/2017
Our official campaign partner, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) , leads by example in promoting the 2016–17 Healthy Workplaces Campaign. It has a dedicated campaign branded web section to share information and resources about...

SUBSPORT – substitution e-tool to reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals safely

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 25.09.2017.

25/09/2017
The SUBSPORT - Substitution Support Portal is a free-of-charge, multilingual platform for information exchange on the substitution of hazardous chemicals for alternative substances and technologies. Substitution represents a core action to reduce...

Eurofound report - Working time patterns for sustainable work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 25.09.2017.

25/09/2017
This report provides an overview of the recent evolution of working time duration and organisation in the EU and highlights the most important trends and differences between Member States. Through an in-depth analysis of data from the sixth European...

Temporary workers in the spotlight of a new SLIC campaign

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 20.09.2017.

20/09/2017

The Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) launches an information and enforcement campaign to promote occupational safety and health (OSH) of temporary agency workers and cross-border workers. Entitled “Safe and healthy work for temporary jobs”, the campaign runs from October 2017 to May 2019.

Employment in temporary work agencies in Europe has increased rapidly during the last decade. Temporary agency workers may be particularly vulnerable, with studies showing they experience a higher incidence of occupational accidents than other groups of employees.

Forthcoming conference in Latvia: Each single accident at work is too much

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 19.09.2017.

19/09/2017
A conference organized within the ESF project 'Improvement of supervision and practical application of work safety standards’ takes place on 11-12 October in Riga, Latvia. Main topics of the conference are: Labour Protection Law – 15 years. What has...

The Healthy Workplaces Summit 2017 is approaching

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 14.09.2017.

14/09/2017

The Healthy Workplaces Summit, marking the end of the 2016-2017 Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign, takes place on 21 and 22 November in Bilbao, Spain. Leading European experts and decision makers discuss the results of the 2-year campaign and exchange good practices in promoting healthy ageing at work.

At the same time, EU-OSHA and its partners celebrate two milestones: 20 years of Napo, our cartoon partner in promoting occupational safety and health, and 10 years of EU-OSHA’s campaign partnership scheme.

EU to set up a European Labour Authority

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 13.09.2017.

13/09/2017
In his State of the Union Address 2017 at the European Parliament, President Juncker announced plans for a European Labour Authority . The authority will build on existing agencies, including EU-OSHA, and structures to manage better cross-border and...

World congress call for global coalition on safety and health at work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 13.09.2017.

13/09/2017
In his keynote address to the XXI World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2017 in Singapore , ILO Director-General Guy Ryder gave his backing to a call for a global coalition on safety and health at work. Ms Pirkko Mattila, Finnish Minister for...

An international comparison of the cost of work-related accidents and illnesses

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 12.09.2017.

12/09/2017
EU-OSHA together with the International Labour Organization (ILO) present new estimates of the cost of poor occupational safety and health (OSH). The findings reveal that worldwide work-related injury and illness result in the loss of 3.9 % of GDP,...

“Safer and healthier work at any age” information sheets available in various languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 12.09.2017.

12/09/2017

Brief summaries of the main findings of the 3-year project “Safer and healthier work at any age – occupational safety and health in the context of an ageing workforce” are now available in 19 languages.

The info sheets look at the benefits older workers bring to organisations, the added risks women encounter in the workplace, the systems for rehabilitation and return to work in place across Europe.

They also provide an overview of policies and strategies aimed at sustaining Europe’s ageing workforce.

Forthcoming in October: 9th International Conference on the Prevention of Accidents at Work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 11.09.2017.

11/09/2017
The Conference takes place under the umbrella of WOS.net from 3 to 6 October in Prague. The theme is Safety management complexity in changing society . Main topics of the conference are: From safety research to implementation of the results...

Skills promotion improves working conditions, according to INQA’s memorandum

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.09.2017.

10/09/2017
The Initiative New Quality of Work (INQA), created in 2002 by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) to ensure the quality of jobs, has published its third memorandum, “Competence, health and good working conditions –...

OSHwiki article in the spotlight: Respirable Crystalline Silica

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.09.2017.

08/09/2017
Around 5.5 million workers in the EU are regularly exposed to respirable crystalline silica ( RCS), and each year around 7,000 die from past exposure to RCS. Crystalline silica is the name for a group of naturally occurring minerals found in many...

EU-OSHA joins the Vision Zero Global Campaign

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.09.2017.

07/09/2017

EU-OSHA is now a supporter of the Vision Zero Global Campaign and helping to spread the message that every accident, disease and harm at work is preventable if the right measures are put in place in good time. The Vision Zero approach to prevention integrates the three dimensions of safety, health and well-being at all levels of work. Thanks to its flexibility, Vision Zero is beneficial to any workplace, enterprise or industry in all regions of the world.

Work-related accidents and injuries cost EU €476 billion a year according to new global estimates

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 04.09.2017.

04/09/2017

The economic case for safety and health at work has never been clearer. New estimates from the project on the costs and benefits of OSH indicate that work-related injuries and illnesses cost the EU around €476 billion each year. The cost of work-related cancer alone amounts to €119.5 billion.