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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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Would you like to know more about how occupational safety and health (OSH) is managed in your country’s workplaces – and across the whole of the EU, and beyond?  Do you know the reasons for companies to take prevention seriously – or what stops them from doing so? And how are workers’ representatives involved in OSH management?


9th May is Europe Day - an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. It is also known as Schuman Day, commemorating the 1950 declaration by French foreign minister Robert Schuman proposing the creation of a supranational European Community.


April 28 is the 15th International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers with the theme unions make work safer. The day is used to remember those who died as a result of work around the world and to campaign for better working conditions. If, according to the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, "safety and health at work is not only sound economic policy, it is a basic human right", then many men and women are having their fundamental rights denied.


Around this time each year, our Governing Board meets in Bilbao to review and give its opinion on the results achieved in the previous year, and to discuss and agree the main lines of the Agency’s work programme for the following year.


How do you coordinate the world's largest occupational safety and health campaign? By getting key players together, which is what EU-OSHA did on 10-11 February 2010.


When we think of poverty, normally we associate it with developing countries and with a lack of things like food or clean water. Europe, however, is also affected by poverty.


Travelling is enriching!  In recent weeks, I have had a fair amount of contacts and missions in Europe and here’s a round-up of some interesting discoveries...


In my earlier blog “Latest news on the global and European burden of disease and injury at work” I had estimated that there could be some 18.7 million people suffering from health problems in the EU27. This was derived from my extrapolation based on the self-reported illness surveys in Finland and UK. This is also a reply to Steve’s question on European statistics.


We have added a new service: the Google translation, which allows you to read the blog, in any language.


I would like to welcome you to the launch of the EU-OSHA blog, and explain why we have decided to take this step and how we hope that you can get involved.

From the very beginning of the Agency’s activities –back in 1996, when Internet access was far from widespread– we saw the World Wide Web as the fastest and most cost-effective channel for information dissemination. Not everyone believed that ‘this Web thing’ would go very far (we had to call it an “Experimental World Wide Web service”!), but we made every effort to turn it into an efficient communication channel.