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.