Cooperation with other agencies
EU-OSHA actively cooperates with the following EU agencies:
European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)
European Training Foundation (ETF)
European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME)
Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)
European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
Memorandum of Understanding between the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND) and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
This Memorandum of Understanding between EU-OSHA and Eurofound sets out their areas of close collaboration. These have been chosen to maximize the benefits to both agencies and to avoid any duplication of activities in the identified areas of common interest.
The current MoU entered into force in February 2007
Framework for cooperation between the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
The framework for cooperation between EU-OSHA and EIGE aims at ensuring effective cooperation between the two agencies and avoid duplication of activities.
Memorandum of Understanding between the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA)
The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to enhance cooperation between ECHA and EU-OSHA in order to develop synergies and share knowledge on matters of mutual interest through increased cooperation and, in particular, through active information exchange.
The MoU entered into force on 5 May 2010.
Declaration of intention for cooperation between DG GROWTH, EU-OSHA and EASME
Communication Partnership Project
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent the majority of businesses in the European Union; around 99% of all businesses across the European Union are SMEs and they employ more than 66% of the population (Eurostat, 2008). SMEs also account for 82% of all occupational injuries and about 90% of fatal accidents (Eurofound, 2010). Therefore, the main objective of the development of the Communication Partnership Project (CPP) at national level is to improve our reach to SMEs and high-risk sectors to communicate the importance of OSH.
In 2015, a new Declaration of Cooperation between the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry (now the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW)) and EU-OSHA facilitated an official partnership with the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).
Enterprise Europe Network
The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) is a flagship European initiative that aims to provide innovation and business support to SMEs across the European Union. The Network, which is part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, is a one-stop shop for information on EU policies and legislation, funding opportunities, assistance in finding business partners and help in developing research and innovation capacities. It incorporates around 600 partner organisations, in 53 countries, which offer a wide range of services to SMEs.
The Communication Partnership Project (CPP) aims to raise awareness of the importance of OSH to SMEs and to provide them with easy access to practical information and useful contacts at national and regional levels, including national partnership meetings, awareness-raising packages and other activities such as EEN OSH Awards.
EU-OSHA’s main partners in achieving its objectives are the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), the Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME), EU-OSHA’s national focal points and the EEN members.