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Germany hosts Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 July 2020

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 01.07.2020.


Germany will hold the Presidency — one of the EU’s most important decision-making bodies — until 31 December 2020. It takes over from Croatia and is the first in a new 18-month Presidency trio, with Portugal and Slovenia.

The German Presidency aims to fight coronavirus and tackle the economic consequences of the pandemic without neglecting other important issues facing the EU. The overall goal is to ensure that Europe emerges from the crisis stronger and more resilient than ever.

Doclisboa announces its selection to run for the Healthy Workplaces Film Award 2020

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 30.06.2020.

EU-OSHA’s new partnership with the Doclisboa documentary film festival is already bearing fruit despite the many challenges it faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A cinematic cycle dedicated to work includes a number of international films and will...

National OiRA tools prepare workplaces for the 'new normal'

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 29.06.2020.



To keep employees safe and healthy in time of COVID-19, companies need to adjust their risk assessment processes. Designed with this purpose in mind, the recently released EU-OSHA COVID-19 tool has already been adapted to different languages and...

OSH awareness and OiRA training for businesses in Greece

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.06.2020.


Image by Dimitri Houtteman from Unsplash

A hybrid onsite/online occupational safety and health (OSH) awareness workshop for small and medium enterprises in Greece takes place on 01 July in Athens. The purpose of the event is to highlight the importance and principles of OSH and its...

‘Work-related musculoskeletal disorders: prevalence, costs and demographics in the EU’ – now in more languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 25.06.2020.

Why work-related MSDs are still so prevalent in Europe and what can be done to protect workers and businesses? Our recently published report provides an updated overview of the problem in the EU and looks into the causes and circumstances behind...

Swedish authorities to inspect personal protective equipment in healthcare and elderly care

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 24.06.2020.


Photo by sacrifilippo via pixabay.com

The Swedish Work Environment Authority will inspect close to 300 workplaces in health care and elderly care to ensure that the protective equipment used meets the safety requirements and provides the protection that is intended. Personal protective...

EU-OSHA's offers a BMW Berlina for public sale

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 24.06.2020.

EU-OSHA intends to sell, by auction, its BMW 320i Berlina vehicle with the following characteristics: 150 CV Petrol Metallic grey Registration date: 19/06/2006 Mileage (approx.): 23,603 km. The sale will be awarded to the highest economic offer,...

Belgium - Recognition of Covid-19 as an occupational diseases extended to workers in essential services

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 23.06.2020.


Photo by Engin Akyurt en Pixabay

Covid 19 is currently already recognised as an occupational disease for workers in the healthcare sector. This recognition is now extended to those who were active in one of the crucial sectors or services during containment, such as food store...

Managing musculoskeletal disorders in the healthcare sector

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 23.06.2020.


© EU-OSHA /Adam Skrzypczak

Physically demanding work such as patient handling is a significant risk factor for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), making them a widespread concern among healthcare workers, with backache and upper limb pain as commonly reported problems. So how can we tackle MSDs in this sector?

Our discussion paper gives an overview of MSDs in healthcare workplaces, reviews the risk factors and discusses effective interventions to prevent, reduce and manage MSDs.

Changes in supply chains: challenges and opportunities for workplace safety and health

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 18.06.2020.


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

The expansion of global trade in the last decades has lead to a growth of cross-national supply relationships. This has often been accompanied by a trend within Member States towards outsourcing in supply chains.

This discussion paper looks at the challenges and opportunities for workplace safety and health presented by recent and future changes in supply chain relationships. The authors give examples of good practice and discuss the way forward.

Forthcoming course on Nordic perspectives on work sciences

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 17.06.2020.

An occupational safety and health (OSH) course organised by the Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health (NIVA) will focus on the development of multidisciplinary work sciences according to views represented by various...

Cyprus: risk assessments for a safe return to work after Covid-19

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 15.06.2020.


Image by Greg Montani from Pixabay

What the working environment will look like post the pandemic is in the agenda of a webinar organised by the Cypriot National Focal Point on 18 June. The purpose of this event is to update health and safety professionals, employers and workers on...

OSHwiki article highlights musculoskeletal disorders and prolonged static standing

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 15.06.2020.

According to European statistics, one in five workers in the European Union spend most of their working time standing up. In the longer term, prolonged standing can cause fatigue, leg cramps and backache. An OSHWiki article places on the spot the...

Denmark - New website on endocrine disruptors provides lists

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.06.2020.

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency launches a new website, Endocrine Disruptor Lists, which lists endocrine disrupting substances and their legal status. The initiative is supported by several European countries, including Sweden. The...

Preventing work-related MSDs: lessons learned from research and good practice

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.06.2020.


© iStock.com/andresr

A new report summarises the findings of EU-OSHA’s multiannual project exploring research, policy and practice on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), aimed at supporting the development of strategies to tackle this highly prevalent occupational safety and health issue in Europe’s workplaces.

ESENER 2019 survey results now available in interactive data visualisation

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.06.2020.


Photo by Andreeew Hoang on Unsplash

The latest data from the 2019 edition of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER) have been added to our ESENER data visualisation tool.

For the first time, it is possible to compare results of ESENER 2019 and ESENER 2014 at European and country level, by activity sector or by establishment size.

Musculoskeletal disorders: Early intervention in the workplace

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 05.06.2020.


© EU-OSHA / David Tijero Osorio

Musculoskeletal disorders are one of the most important causes of work absence (50 %), and early retirement in Europe. Nonetheless, the sooner a musculoskeletal problem is managed, the less likely it is that it will lead to long-term work loss...

Preventing exposure to welding fumes in the United Kingdom

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 04.06.2020.


Source: British Occupational Hygiene Society

Good Practice Awards 2018-19: Commended organisation The British Occupational Hygiene Society was commended for developing a simple online tool to help workers select the most effective measures for controlling welding fumes. A panel of experts...

New OiRA tool supports COVID-19 workplace risk assessment

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 04.06.2020.


As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease across Europe, many companies and organisations are planning how to return safely to the workplace. EU-OSHA’s Online interactive Risk Assessment platform – OiRA - has developed a tailored tool to support this process.

Forthcoming course on new and old maritime industries: Future of occupational health challenges

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.06.2020.


© EU-OSHA / Raymond Widawski

An occupational safety and health (OSH) course organised by the Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health (NIVA) will review occupational health practice and challenges across the maritime sector. In particular, we will look at...

Low risk companies in Greece trained to work with OiRA

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.06.2020.


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Owners of low risk companies in Greece learn how to use the power of OiRA to improve their risk assessments processes. The seminar that takes place in Athens on 3 June with a repeat session on 17 June, is organised by the Focal Point with the...

EU - Wind Harmony project sets OSH recommendations for the wind energy sector

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.06.2020.

On 10 June, an online workshop of the Wind Harmony study takes place to present final recommendations about health and safety for wind energy at European level. These recommendations are based on expected health and safety improvements, cost...

Smart PPE — the future of protection for workers

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.06.2020.


© EU-OSHA /Ján Kisucky / Photo Competition 2009

Smart personal protective equipment (PPE) promises higher levels of safety and comfort in the workplace through the use of enhanced materials or electronic components. However, there are obstacles that will need to be overcome if it is to be successfully implemented in Europe’s workplaces. A new discussion paper examines the opportunities opened up and the risks posed by these new technologies.

Although organisational measures and collective protection should be always prioritised, the use of PPE is becoming an intelligent support.

OSH Barometer: interactive tool to discover the status of OSH in Europe

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 01.06.2020.



The OSH Barometer is the first data visualisation tool with up-to-date information on the status of and trends in occupational safety and health (OSH) in European countries.

The tool consists of four groups of indicators on a range of OSH topics, such as OSH authorities, national strategies, working conditions and OSH statistics. You can visualise and compare data, generate graphics and download reports on specific topics.

The OSH Barometer is updated regularly with new indicators, data and features.

Exposure to cancer risk factors at work — a new survey for Europe

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 30.05.2020.


Every year between 25 and 31 May, the European Week Against Cancer raises awareness of cancer prevention, access to treatment and support for survivors.

Youth empowerment against Big Tobacco is a strategy for healthier workplaces

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 29.05.2020.



How best to protect young people from tobacco industry manipulation is the call for action of this year’s World No Tobacco Day, 31 May, celebrated as part of the European Week Against Cancer.

Manufacturing company in Slovenia reduces exposure to workers to hazardous substances

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 28.05.2020.


Source: Gorenje, d.d.

Good Practice Award commended entry 2018-19 Gorenje, d.d., Velenje, Slovenia, was commended for replacing hazardous substances with less dangerous ones, decreasing the number of chemicals used and reducing exposure in the workplaces. The company...

COVID-19 — can we return to work safely?

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 27.05.2020.

The European Parliament magazine has published an article by EU-OSHA Executive Director Christa Sedlatschek about ensuring workers’ safety as COVID-19 lockdown measures start to ease. Under the slogan Healthy Workplaces Stop the Pandemic , EU-OSHA...

OSHWiki article in the spotlight: Musculoskeletal lower limb disorders

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.05.2020.


© EU-OSHA / Reda Urbonaite

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) represent a substantial economic burden to society and are one of the major causes of health-related productivity loss in Europe. Now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many teleworkers are exposed to one of...

EU Commission launches a new call for expressions of interest for COVID-19

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 25.05.2020.

Horizon 2020 , a research and innovation programme launched by the Commission, has mobilised another €122 million for urgently needed research into the coronavirus. The new call for expressions of interest contributes to the Commission's €1.4...