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OSH e-tools help managing vehicle risks in transport on the road

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 19.09.2018.

19/09/2018
An e-tools seminar on occupational safety and health in relation to driving and road transport brought together EU road safety experts on 18 and 19 September at the EU-OSHA’s headquarters in Bilbao. Amongst the key issues discussed were the main...

Summary of EU-OSHA’s workshop on the challenges posed by the online platform economy

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 14.09.2018.

14/09/2018

EU-OSHA’s workshop ‘Protecting workers in the Online Platform Economy’  focused on the findings of a study on the regulation of the occupational safety and health risks that might result from the online platform work.

OSHwiki article in the spotlight: Detachment and recovery after work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 11.09.2018.

11/09/2018
Psychological detachment, i.e. the need to detach from work, when not at work, is becoming more vital, due to the increasing technological advances that make it easier to stay connected to the workplace, through e.g., e-mail, ‘smart’ phones and...

Dangerous substances: infosheets on legislation and substitution

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.09.2018.

10/09/2018

As part of the 2018-2019 Healthy Workplaces Campaign, EU-OSHA has published two infosheets, each available in several languages.

‘Legislative framework on dangerous substances in workplaces’ offers a clear, practical summary of the relevant EU law in this area.

Sexual harassment and violence in the workplace – explained in infographics

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.09.2018.

03/09/2018
Sexual harassment and violence infographics

Sexual harassment and violence in the workplace often lead to very serious consequences for the victims. Two infographics show key data on these issues, explaining the concepts and highlighting the need to take these issues very seriously.

Have a look and spread the information

Learn more about work-related stress

Successful case studies from the global ‘Vision Zero’ campaign

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 23.08.2018.

23/08/2018

‘Vision Zero’ campaign partners from all over the world strive towards the elimination of work-related accidents, harm and diseases. Case studies from companies in Germany, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia show that occupational safety and health and efficiency can go hand-in-hand.

INT- International Classification of Diseases and Injuries: Improved Tool for Assessing the Causes of Injuries

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 20.08.2018.

20/08/2018
The World Health Organization launches the eleventh edition of the International Classification of Diseases and Injuries (ICD-11). A version of ICD-11 was released on 18 June 2018 to allow Member States to prepare for implementation, including...

European Ombudsman launches public consultation on the use of languages in the EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 13.08.2018.

13/08/2018
The European Ombudsman would like to promote discussion on how the EU institutions can best communicate with the public in an acceptable balance between the need to respect and support linguistic diversity, and administrative and budgetary...

EU-OSHA introduces new dangerous substances database — check it out!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 12.08.2018.

12/08/2018

Do you work with dangerous substances or manage people who do? Do you need more information on how to assess and manage the risks? If so, have a look at EU-OSHA’s comprehensive new database on practical tools and guidance on dangerous substances, with links to key resources and audiovisual tools from Member States, EU and beyond. It includes several new case studies created for the current Healthy Workplaces Campaign, which provide real-life examples of good practice in dealing with dangerous substances.

Joint OSH analysis of three major surveys available in several EU languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.08.2018.

09/08/2018

The key findings of a joint analysis  of the second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2) by EU-OSHA, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) 2013 ad hoc module on accidents at work and other work-related health problems by Eurostat, and the 6th European Working Conditions Survey (

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

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.08.2018.

02/08/2018

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.

Call for Support: International study on workplace accessibility

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 31.07.2018.

31/07/2018
The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) is conducting an international study on workplace accessibility. Commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to implement the UN Disability Rights Convention, the objective of the...

OiRA flyer available in various languages

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.07.2018.

26/07/2018
OiRA flyer
To achieve a better understanding of the Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) project, the flyer is now available in over 20 languages. It presents an overview of the key facts about OiRA and its purposes: what is OiRA, why use it, who is it...

Call for entries to the Good Practice Awards 2018-19

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 24.07.2018.

24/07/2018

EU-OSHA is now accepting applications for the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards 2018-19.

If you are making real and sustainable improvements to occupational safety and health (OSH) by managing dangerous substances, we want to know about it. The jury will be looking for real-life examples of innovative and effective OSH management and evidence of transferability to other workplaces.

EU-OSHA presents new OSH challenges of robotics at meeting of employment and social policy ministers

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 23.07.2018.

23/07/2018
On 19 and 20 July, the Austrian EU Presidency hosted an informal meeting of employment and social policy ministers (EPSCO), gathering several EU ministers, the European Commission and the European social partners. The second day event focused on “...

EU-ECHA interactive guide on safety data sheets and exposure scenarios translated

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 17.07.2018.

17/07/2018
The guide helps suppliers and recipients of safety data sheets compile and understand substance and use information. The interactive PDF Guide includes: examples of safety data sheets and exposure scenarios; clear descriptions of what information is...

New EU Agencies clip shows our contribution to the EU

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 16.07.2018.

16/07/2018
The EU Agencies Network has released a new clip to show citizens our role and contribution to improve the lives of everyone within the European Union. The slideshow provides an overview of all the EU agencies and a brief description of their field...

EU-OSHA joins the Vision Zero Global Campaign

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 12.07.2018.

12/07/2018

EU-OSHA is 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.

Video on OiRA tools in Latvia available in English

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.07.2018.

10/07/2018
Following the model of the EU ‘ Risk assessment with OiRA in 4 steps ’ video, the new clip for Latvia highlights safety and health risk assessment as the approach for the prevention of work related accidents and illnesses at the workplace.

EU-OSHA’s open call for tender: provision of ICT and web services

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 06.07.2018.

06/07/2018
EU-OSHA has launched an open procedure to select a provider able to support the Agency within the process of developing a number of websites and web applications. The service provider should also be responsible for continuing to update and improve...

Cedefop identifies future trends and challenges on European labour market

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 05.07.2018.

05/07/2018
EU Agency Cedefop has released a briefing note that provides comprehensive information on labour market trends and skills development across Europe in the near future. The document, which identifies trends and challenges, indicates that work...

EU-OSHA’s open call for tender: Supply of promotional material, storage and distribution

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.07.2018.

03/07/2018
EU-OSHA has launched an open procedure to select a provider able to supply branded promotional material and executive gifts to be distributed to the Agency’s target audiences as part of its communication and campaigning activities and in various...

Improving working conditions of people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.07.2018.

02/07/2018
EULAR (The European League Against Rheumatism) has released a position paper aimed at finding solutions for the consequences of inadequate working conditions of those EU citizens who suffer from rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). This...

Austria hosts the Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 July 2018

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.07.2018.

02/07/2018

Austria’s ‘Green Presidency’ will promote sustainability and focus on three EU-wide areas: security and migration; securing prosperity and competitiveness through digitalisation; and stability in the neighbourhood countries. Also, negotiations on the amendment of the Carcinogens Directive are planned to be completed during its term.

See more

Call for support: International study on accessibility at the workplace

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 29.06.2018.

29/06/2018
The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) is conducting a comparative survey to identify best practices and suitable examples on improving the overall accessibility of workplaces, which reduces the need for specific workplace adaptations to enable...

OiRA offices tool included in Italian national legislation

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 29.06.2018.

29/06/2018

Within the framework of EU-OSHA’s Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) activity, the OiRA offices tool has recently been integrated by the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy into the national occupational safety and health legislation (articles 17 & 28 of

Upcoming course on occupational safety and health

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 28.06.2018.

28/06/2018
‘eHealth Revolution and Changing Work’ is the theme of a course that will take place on 18th – 20th of September 2018 in Hanaholmen, Finland. The main topics to be discussed are whether digitalization is a solution or creating new problems in the...

More than 100 partners commit to the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 26.06.2018.

26/06/2018

EU-OSHA is delighted to count again on such a high number of official campaign and media partners to join its 2018-19 campaign — Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances.

Their commitment to promoting the proactive management of dangerous substances at European workplaces will be a major building block for the success of the campaign, as it will provide plenty of networking and exchange of workplace good practice opportunities.

See the official campaign partners

European Parliament’s stance on employment policies taken on board by EU ministers

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 25.06.2018.

25/06/2018
The European Parliament’s recommendations on active ageing, adequate income pensions, closing the gender pay gap and inclusion of people with disabilities, have been included in the EU employment strategy . The employment guidelines and the European...

How are psychosocial risks managed in Europe’s workplaces?

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 22.06.2018.

22/06/2018

A new report details the findings of EU-OSHA’s latest ESENER-2 analysis, looking specifically at psychosocial risks. It reveals that management commitment and employee involvement are key to protecting Europe’s workers from such risks.

However, the national context also matters. A strong economy, good national occupational safety and health initiatives and cultural factors are all associated with higher levels of psychosocial risk management.

The report also considers the practical implications of these findings.