EU-OSHA Seminar on psychosocial risks in Europe
During the seminar the report “Psychosocial risks in Europe: Prevalence and strategies for prevention” was launched. The report is a joint publication from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound). It draws on the complementary work of the two agencies and provides relevant data, gathered from across the EU-28, for policy-makers to assess the prevalence of psychosocial risks and how they are dealt with at political level in the EU and its Member States as well as on company level. See below the whole report and related summary in PDF version. The seminar brought together policy-makers, occupational safety and health professionals, and researchers from across Europe to discuss and share approaches for supporting workplaces in managing psychosocial risks at work effectively. The seminar started with a presentation from Professor Johannes Siegrist of Düsseldorf University showing how research data supports the need to tackle psychosocial risks at work. In addition the first day focused on how this can be done in practice, giving information on practical tools (e.g. the EU-OSHA e-guide) and giving an insight on how to best support small and medium sized companies in this regard. The second day of the seminar was dedicated to the launch of the report. In addition several policy approaches from different Member States were presented. The seminar concluded with statements from the European Commission on activities and projects at EU level that are initiated by DG Employment and DG Sanco.