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European social partners with a framework agreement on active ageing and an intergenerational approach

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 27.03.2017.

27/03/2017
The European social partners, BusinessEurope, UEAPME, CEEP and the ETUC (and the liaison committee EUROCADRES/ CEC), agreed to negotiate an autonomous framework agreement on active ageing and an inter-generational approach. The agreement is to...

EU: ECHA adopted Community rolling action plan for evaluation of 22 dangerous substances

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 24.03.2017.

24/03/2017
In the coming three years, 22 Member States will evaluate 115 substances, out of which 22 are newly-selected and 93 have been selected earlier. From the date of adoption, the Member States have 12 months to evaluate the 22 substances specified for...

On the EU’s 60th Anniversary let’s celebrate our shared commitment for safer and healthier workplaces in Europe

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 24.03.2017.

24/03/2017

On 25th March 2017, we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Rome, one of the most remarkable moments in the history of European Union. EU leaders gather in Rome to mark the Anniversary and support the reflection on the future of the European Union.

Official campaign partners receive Good Practice Awards for promoting age management at work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 23.03.2017.

23/03/2017

The Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards focus on companies and organisations that are committed to using effective methods to promote sustainable work.

Campaign partner SAP has received the award for the initiative ‘Run Your Health’ that empowers employees of all ages to take action for their health.

Exchange of good practices in OSH - Healthy Workplaces Campaign Partner event

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 22.03.2017.

22/03/2017

The Healthy Workplaces Campaign partner event and exchange of good practices in occupational safety and health (OSH) takes place in Brussels on 22 and 23 March 2017. The event includes the ceremony of the ‘Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards for official campaign partners’, together with Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.

Active Ageing: From research to action oriented policies

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 14.03.2017.

14/03/2017

An international conference looking at the challenges of Europe’s ageing workforce takes place on 14 March in Florence, Italy. 

The event provides a platform to discuss models of integration of older workers necessary to achieve a sustainable working life and an active ageing in good health in today’s rapidly changing, technology-driven world of work.

EU-OSHA Director Christa Sedlatschek takes part in the conference with the presentation ‘Toward an active working society: a European global perspective”.

FR - Burn out – fact-finding mission report adopted by the Social Affairs Commission in France

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 13.03.2017.

13/03/2017
During the debate on the Social Dialogue and Employment in 2015 legislation in 2015 and 2016, amendments, backed by many MPs, proposed to include burnout into the list of occupational diseases and integrate it into the existing compensation system...

OSHwiki article in the spotlight: Ergonomics in office work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 13.03.2017.

13/03/2017
Office work is diverse and although widely regarded as low risk environments, the large (and growing) proportion of employees within the EU who work in office environments means that a significant number of workers are potentially exposed to any...

Accidents, deaths and health problems at work: data sources of the costs for Europe

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 13.03.2017.

13/03/2017

Each year, work-related accidents result in long periods of absence from work, and even death. Furthermore, a significant proportion of Europe’s working population suffers from one or more work-related health problems.

EU - Economic benefits of gender equality – EIGE report

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.03.2017.

09/03/2017
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) presented its new report on the economic benefits of gender equality in the EU. The study shows that if the EU stepped up its efforts to improve gender...

NIVA upcoming occupational health and safety courses

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.03.2017.

08/03/2017
Implementing and evaluating organizational interventions 3rd – 5th of May, 2017; Reykjavik, Iceland Human Factors in Arctic Work 16th – 18th of May, 2017; Saariselkä, Finland

Happy International Women’s Day to all working women!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 08.03.2017.

08/03/2017

Originally called International Working Women's Day, 8th of March has been celebrated for more than 100 years to recognise the role of women and their contributions to society.

Women make up 45% of the employed population in the European Union. But still too many workplaces are designed with a typical male worker in mind.
A 'gender sensitive' approach to health and safety at work is needed to make the working lives of women healthier, safer and more productive. This includes actions to make work sustainable for an ageing workforce.

Lithuania develops OiRA tools for the mining and cleaning sectors

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 07.03.2017.

07/03/2017
The State Labour Inspectorate of the Republic of Lithuania has developed two new OiRA tools for the ‘mining and quarrying’ and ‘cleaning services’ sectors to help companies identify and assess workplace hazards and risks. The ‘mining and quarrying’...

Engaging informative videos on active ageing published in Spanish

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.03.2017.

03/03/2017
A series of videos promoting sustainable working life in the context of ageing were published by RhSaludable , a campaign media partner of EU-OSHA. The videos are created by the Asturian Institute for Prevention of Occupational Risks (IAPRL). Each...

Wanted: new head of unit for the ETUI ‘Health and Safety/Working Conditions’ unit

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.03.2017.

02/03/2017
The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) is recruiting a head of unit to manage and supervise the activities of the ‘Health and Safety/Working Conditions’ unit. The head of unit will facilitate the communication and cooperation within the unit and...

Online interactive Risk Assessment website — revamped for 2017!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.03.2017.

02/03/2017

Whether you are involved in managing safety and health risks at work or a member of the occupational safety and health community, there’s something for you on the updated OiRA website.

Toward improving safety of European roads: forthcoming conference in Malta

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 01.03.2017.

01/03/2017
A high-level stakeholder and ministerial conference on Road Safety takes place on 28-29 March in Malta. The event brings together road safety experts, stakeholders, and policy-makers to discuss the current state of play in road safety, and the way...

The EU agencies – working for you

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 24.02.2017.

24/02/2017
The work of the EU agencies directly impacts the lives of more than 500 million EU citizens. The EU agencies were set up to provide valuable services to industries and citizens and carry out specific legal, technical or scientific tasks. The...

Risk assessment for all ages: tools to help you do it right

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 23.02.2017.

23/02/2017
Identifying potential workplace hazards using risk assessment is the cornerstone of risk prevention and contributes to safer and healthier working lives for all. However, a significant number of organisations still do not do a proper risk assessment...

On the World Day of Social Justice let´s endorse the European Pillar of Social Rights

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 20.02.2017.

20/02/2017

The World Day of Social Justice, 20 February, is a wonderful occasion to acknowledge and promote the ongoing efforts towards establishing a European Pillar of Social Rights.

In the rapidly changing world of work new challenges arise for occupational safety and health from less stable employment relationships, new working patterns and an ageing workforce.

Joint ILO-Eurofound report reflects the impact of Telework on the world of work

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 15.02.2017.

15/02/2017
Today, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Eurofound published a joint report entitled ‘Working anytime, anywhere: The effects on the world of work’ . The report synthesises research carried out in 15 countries, including ten EU Member...

OSHmail reaches 75 000 subscribers on its 15th anniversary

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 15.02.2017.

15/02/2017
It was born with a mission. For the last 15 years OSHmail , the free e-newsletter of EU-OSHA has been delivering the latest news on occupational safety and health (OSH). Once a month, the newsletter reaches thousands of readers, up to 75 000 today!...

Napo for teachers — available now in Czech!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 15.02.2017.

15/02/2017

Napo for teachers introduces primary school children to the importance of occupational safety and health (OSH). Featuring the friendly animated character Napo and his films, these online toolkits are available in many languages, now including Czech.

TNO report looks at the emergent risks to workplace safety as a result of IT connections of and between work equipment

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 13.02.2017.

13/02/2017
“Employers ensure the health and safety of their employees with regard to work-related aspects. Have you also organized your cyber security for computer-operated work equipment?” The ever-greater integration of new technologies in work equipment is...

NIVA upcoming occupational health and safety courses

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 10.02.2017.

10/02/2017
Lean and the Work Environment 3rd – 6th of April, 2017 Ergonomics and New Ways of Work in the Field of Aged Care at Home 26th – 27th of April, 2017

Positive mental health is key to active and healthy ageing

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 09.02.2017.

09/02/2017
On 8 February, EU-OSHA took part in an event in the European Parliament to discuss the importance of active ageing and why it matters to mental health. The event was organised by Mental Health Europe (Official Campaign Partner of the Healthy...

Chemical agents: new EC Directive establishes a fourth list of indicative occupational exposure limit values

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 06.02.2017.

06/02/2017
European Commission Directive (EU) 2017/164 of 31 January 2017 establishing a fourth list of indicative occupational exposure limit values pursuant to Council Directive 98/24/EC was published in the Official Journal of the European Commission...

On World Cancer Day EU-OSHA examines rehabilitation and return to work after cancer

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.02.2017.

03/02/2017

 World Cancer Day, 4 February 2017, is a global event that unites the citizens of the world in calling for action to prevent and cure cancer.

‘No time to lose’: IOSH campaign raises awareness of occupational cancer

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 03.02.2017.

03/02/2017
The Institution of Occupational & Health (IOSH) has launched the "No Time to Lose" campaign to raise awareness of occupational cancer as a significant health issue facing workers in the UK and internationally and to suggest some solutions for...

International Media Festival for Prevention: Registration is still open!

By EU-OSHA from . Published on 02.02.2017.

02/02/2017
The entry deadline for the International Media Festival for Prevention has been extended until 28 February 2017. The International Media Festival for Prevention is part of the XXI World Congress for Safety at Work. It will take place from 3 to 6 of...