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The aim of this blog is to bring you news about developments in occupational safety and health across the EU and beyond, and also about EU-OSHA initiatives and activities to fulfill our mission.

We are one of the smallest EU agencies and cannot promise to reply to every comment, but we will read them and bear them in mind to shape our future work. The blog content is available only in English.

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Chisinau Clock in Moldova

On 18 May 2015, EU-OSHA was invited to participate in a Council of Europe Conference on “Fostering Social rights in the Eastern partnership Area: Focus on the European Social Charter” organised by the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly – Council of Europe) subcommittee on the European Social Charter. EU-OSHA’s Network Manager Tim Tregenza gave a presentation on labour protection in terms of occupational safety and health.

Ukraine Conference 2015

On 19-21 May, in Kiev, Ukraine, the tripartite seminar “Organizing the State Labour Service of Ukraine” was conducted. It was jointly organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the State Labour Service of Ukraine. EU-OSHA was invited by the Head of the State Labour Service, Mr Roman Chernega, along with representatives from the Polish Labour Inspectorate and the EU Delegation to Ukraine to participate in the conference.


On 28 January 2015, EU-OSHA hosted a workshop on silica and artificial stone in Bilbao bringing together experts from the EU and Israel. The workshop was supported by the European Commission through its continued support of EU-OSHA’s engagement with the European Neighbourhood Policy countries.



At the beginning of March, EU-OSHA travelled to Kyiv to meet with our colleagues in the Ukrainian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. We were assisted by the ILO, the EU Delegation to Ukraine and the European Commission as part of our European Neighbourhood Policy project. We were also ably assisted by EU-OSHA’s Estonian Focal Point who was able to provide an important Member State perspective on the work of the Agency.



In December 2014, EU-OSHA representatives travelled to Yerevan to meet with our partners in the Republic of Yerevan, as part of EU-OSHA’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) project supported by the European Commission. 


EU-OSHA representatives travelled to Tunis in December 2014 to meet with our partners in the Republic of Tunisia, as part of EU-OSHA’s European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) project supported by the European Commission. 


In October 2014, and as part of its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) project, funded by the EU under the ENP Instrument, EU-OSHA met with our colleagues in the Kingdom of Morocco to discuss workplace health and safety and our future cooperation.



Since February 2014, EU-OSHA has been working on a project supported by the European Commission through the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The ENP aims build closer, mutually beneficial ties based on common values between the EU and 16 neighbouring countries to the South and East.



For more than a decade, EU-OSHA has been helping to integrate the Western Balkans and Turkey into the European occupational safety and health system. EU-OSHA works closely with countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), supported by the European Commission, to enable those countries to participate in the work of the Agency.



It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Dr Eusebio Rial-González. Seb died peacefully in his sleep on 18 December 2014 in his home town of Vigo, Spain, after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

As Head of the Prevention and Research Unit, Seb has been the architect of the Agency’s current Healthy Workplaces’ campaign on work-related stress and psychosocial risks – an area in which he had specialised earlier in his career as a researcher and consultant. Amongst his other EU-OSHA achievements, he can also count the design and launch of ESENER, the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks,  the launch of the Online interactive Risk Assessment project, OiRA, and the setting up of the OSHwiki.

But alongside his many accomplishments, Seb will, above all,  be remembered at EU-OSHA as a well-respected colleague and for many of us a real friend. Whatever the issue, Seb’s first thoughts – professionally and personally – were invariably how he might help and support others and if possible to do it with a smile. His generous approach touched friends, colleagues and many others and he had an impressive ability to collect friends as well as professional contacts as he travelled across Europe.

He was a dedicated follower of Bruce Springsteen, having seen him in concert on over 20 occasions in at least five different countries. He would often quote ‘the Boss’ and so it’s somehow appropriate that we close this message with a Springsteen quote:  “The release date is just one day, but the record is forever.” And a link to his favourite song

Our condolences go to Seb’s family and many, many friends.