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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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The Macedonian Occupational Safety and Health Association hosted the first International Conference on OSH Management Systems, with cooperation of the State Labor Inspectorate within the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, in Struga on 8th and 9th February 2011.


Dresden was the venue for the 2nd Strategy Conference, "Five pillars on safety and health at work". This international conference took 5 themes and examined how strategies worked to address them. The five pillars were:

  • Reducing work accidents and occupational diseases (vision zero)
  • Raising awarness, developing competencies, and capacity building
  • Cooperation between public health and occupational safety and health
  • Health and safety as an integral part of lifestyle, and
  • Integrating prevention into the social security system.

EU-OSHA is a key information provider not only for Europe but also the world. With the importance of the EU's role in raising labour standards around the globe clearly stated in the Community Strategy on Safety and Health at Work, the Agency works hard to improve collaboration and communication between all stakeholders in the globalised work environment. As part of this task, EU-OSHA participated in the ILO CIS regional meeting held in London for national and collaborating centres in European and Central Asian Countries.


The substitution of chemicals is a fundamental measure to reduce risks arising from the use of dangerous chemicals in products and processes. European Union law places elimination and substitution at the top of the hierarchy of control measures for protecting workers from the risks related to chemical agents, carcinogens, and biological agents.


We all know that, but more thoughts are with them on International Youth Day - 12 August. How can we protect our young workers? Support them when it is needed? And the most relevant - how can we equip them with knowledge, skills and abilities to appreciate important values such as their health and safety?


EU-OSHA is a tripartite organisation, and as such recognises the importance of social dialogue at European, national, and workplace levels. In July 2010, the Hungarian ICT Social Dialogue Committee visited the Agency in a trip coordinated by the Hungarian workers' representative on the Governing Board of EU-OSHA, Károly György.


The United States' Occupational Safety and Health Administration (US-OSHA) made a high-level visit to the Agency in July 2010 in advance of the EU-US conference in Boston later in the year. US-OSHA, part of the United States Department of Labor, was created in 1970 to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.


The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has a significant role in the building of links to improve worker safety not only in Europe but also around the world. While the main focus of Agency activities is with the Member States, contacts with non-European organisations is important for the sharing of knowledge and solutions in occupational safety and health.


The focal points, EU-OSHA’s primary contacts in the Member States, met in Barcelona in a parallel session of the Spanish Presidency Conference on the Community Strategy. The meeting was focused on the launch of the first ESENER survey results (http://ESENER.EU) and how the key messages of the survey could be disseminated into the Member States.



Working environments are continuously changing with the introduction of new technologies, substances and work processes, changes in the structure of the workforce and the labour market, and new forms of employment and work organisation. New work situations bring new risks and challenges for workers and employers, which in turn demand political, administrative, technical and regulatory approaches to ensure high levels of safety and health at work.