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EU-OSHA Blog

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.

Aktuelle Einträge

26/07/2012

Reaching into Europe's workplaces is the goal of EU-OSHA, to provide key information so that the risks to workers health and safety are prevented. This objective is achieved by having a national focal point for each Member State that manages a network made up of worker, employer, and governmental representatives. In Bucharest on 19 July 2012, the Romanian Network met to hear about and discuss the work of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

25/07/2012

How should we work together across the European Union, to protect people at work from injury and ill health? Now is the time to be thinking about this, as the EU Strategy on Health and Safety for 2007 to 2012 comes to an end, and we look both at what it has achieved, and what still needs to be done in the years ahead.

We recently got an indication of the European Commission’s thinking on these points, in a speech given by László Andor, the Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Speaking at a conference in Copenhagen, Commissioner Andor said that the EU needs a health and safety Strategy, and that a new Strategy after 2012 is justified.

Though it’s too early to tell whether the old Strategy has achieved its goal of reducing workplace accidents across the EU by 25%, according to Commissioner Andor the signs were that the accident rate would be significantly lower in 2012 than it was five years ago. The Strategy, Commissioner Andor said, had succeeded in providing a framework for co-ordinating health and safety across the EU, providing a clear sense of where we’re going.

13/06/2012

In this European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, we’re focusing on the huge changes that are being brought about by the fact that we’re living longer. With an ageing population throughout most of Europe, we can expect some problems, as we see increased strain being put on our welfare systems and public finances.

A solution to these problems is ‘active ageing’: enabling older people to stay at work safe and healthy until retiring age, to lead healthy lives and stay independent.
The aim of the European Year is to raise awareness of what older people can contribute, and to make it easier for people to age ‘actively’: playing a full role in society, which can include staying longer in the labour market.
As we work towards these goals, it’s useful to get an idea of what people’s attitudes are, regarding this increasing role for older people in the workplace. And a couple of recent studies help us do just that. 

22/05/2012

We've just seen the launch in Copenhagen of the European Year of Active Ageing 2012, which deals with an issue that will be vital for all of us in the years ahead.

The challenge is that we’re living longer than ever before. It’s a good problem to have, of course: since 1960, average life expectancy in Europe has gone up by eight years.

But combine this with falling birth rates, and the result is that we’re likely to see increasing numbers of older people in the European workforce. More than half of older workers currently leave work before they have to, for a variety of reasons. Estimates show, though, that there will be a big rise in workers aged 55 to 64 between 2010 and 2060, as a share of the total workforce. Increasingly, employers will have to get used to relying on older workers.

20/04/2012

These are exciting times at the Agency: we’ve just launched our latest two-year, Europe-wide Healthy Workplaces Campaign. These campaigns are now the biggest occupational safety and health (OSH) campaigns in the world, and our new one, which we’re calling Working together for risk prevention, we hope will see record numbers of people getting involved.
At the same time, though, we’re very aware of how urgently we need a campaign like ours. For all that we’ve achieved in OSH, over five and a half thousand people are still dying every year in the EU as a result of workplace accidents, and thousands more from occupational diseases: the equivalent of one every three and a half minutes. And these deaths are only part of the story: there are also the thousands of European workers who have to live with the effects of accidents and poor health, caused by their work. We can work out the financial cost of all these accidents and work-related health problems, but that isn’t to take account of their full human cost.

27/03/2012

At the Agency, we’re acutely aware of the way that the economic crisis in Europe, and the changing world of work, is putting extra strain on the occupational health and safety of European workers. That’s why it’s particularly important that we’ve taken the pulse of the European workforce now, with our second major European Opinion Poll on Occupational Safety and Health. Carried out for us by Ipsos MORI, the poll involved asking some 35,000 members of the public a series of questions, designed to test their opinions on a range of OSH-related subjects.

14/02/2012

The International Commemoration Day (ICD) for Dead and Injured Workers, Workers’ Memorial Day, is a major event for trade unions around the world. This year's motto remains the same as last year - ‘Unions make work safer’ but a lot of the focus this year is on the need for strong regulation and enforcement as part of a holistic occupational safety and health system. Organised by the ITUC , the day is used to highlight the human cost of poor working conditions and campaign for decent work.

14/02/2012

The Director of EU-OSHA, Dr Christa Sedlaschek, exchanged the rain of Bilbao for the snow of Stockholm to attend a high-level seminar along with Hillevi Engström, Arbetsmarknadsminister (Minister for work) and Mikael Sjöberg, Director-General of the Arbetsmiljöverket (Swedish Work Environment Authority), to discuss how working life and the work environment has to change and adapt to the new challenges facing Europe's citizens. 

13/01/2012

The Governing Board of EU OSHA is its primary decision-making body. Composed of worker, employer, and government representatives from the each of the Member States plus observers from the EEA-EFTA countries, it makes key decisions on the Agency's work programme and budget as well as appointing the Director of EU OSHA.

14/07/2011

The 12th of August sees International Youth Day and tragically, and with an enormous cost to society, young workers continue to have more than 50% more non-fatal accidents than other age groups according to EU figures. So the occupational safety and health of young people remains high on the agenda. And the past few weeks have been quite an active time for policy discussion on this topic.

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