Within the scope of the EC funded IPA Action 2020-2022, on 28 October 2022, EU-OSHA was invited by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of North Macedonia to participate at an event co-organised by the Ministry, the National Council for Safety and Health at Work and the Office of the "Friedrich Ebert" Foundation  (FES) to enhance the marking of the EU OSH Week 2022 and to further raise awareness on the role and significance of the protection of workers' health and safety at workplaces, in particular on OSH emerging risks, such as violence and harassment and psychosocial risks at workplaces.

Following a welcome and opening remarks by the Minister of Labour and Social Policy and by representatives from the EU Delegation, FES and the National OSH Council, the Minister of Labour and Social Policy awarded the national companies implementing the best OSH practice.

The second part of the event focused on the specific theme of emerging OSH risks, such as harassment and violence at workplaces and psychosocial risks. Following the introduction by ILO on the latest international ILO convention on "Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work", EU OSHA shared the latest results from a 2022 Flash Eurobarometer survey aiming at gaining more insights into the state of OSH in post-pandemic workplaces as well as ESENER comparative data between the EU-27 and North Macedonia on psychosocial risks .

Representatives from the National Institute of Medicine and the State Labour Inspectorate concluded the event providing information on violence at workplace and harassment at work.

The audience was represented by 60 participants among institutions, social partners and representatives of national enterprises.

Within the scope of the EC funded IPA Action 2020-2022, on 27 October 2022, EU OSHA was invited, together with the Focal Point manager (Darko Docinski), to participate at an OSH conference on the topic of "Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders" organised by a national OSH association (TUTELA), that took place in the premises of the Chamber of Commerce of Skopje, North Macedonia.

Following the opening remarks by EU OSHA on the importance to reach OSH stakeholders, social partners and representatives of enterprises (especially SMEs), i.e. employers and workers, with OSH information and knowledge to ensure prevention of ill health, the FOP manager provided to the audience information on the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2020-2022 "Lighten the Load". Finally, representatives of the hosting association presented the latest secondary legislation act tackling the issue of MSDs, i.e. the recently published new "Rulebook on OSH for the Manual Handling of Loads", adopted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

The audience was represented by about 100 participants – OSH professionals from many national companies/enterprises.

Within the scope of the EC funded IPA Action 2020-2022, the Directorate General for OSH of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Türkiye invited EU-OSHA to participate at the 2-day TAIEX workshop on "Tackling musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace in the post-pandemic era" organised in cooperation with TAIEX of DG NEAR of the European Commission. The aim of the workshop was to consolidate the national legislation by gathering all OSH stakeholders and discuss the ways of mitigation with the post pandemic safety and health impacts of COVID-19 on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), such as measures taken, best practices, implementations, risk assessment, prevention, etc. In addition, the workshop was aimed at receiving information on the EU Framework Agreement on Telework (2002) and other specific legislations of EU countries to discuss the implementation of the “Remote Work Regulation issued in 2021 in Türkiye.

Following a welcome and opening remarks from the EU Delegation and by Professor Mustafa Necmi Ilhan (Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of the Turkish Gazi University), who ensured the smooth implementation of the event acting as facilitator, Tim Tregenza (EU-OSHA) presented the main EU legislative aspects of Remote Work and Michele Dinelli (EU-OSHA) introduced to the audience the activities of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work as well as the contents of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2020-2022 "Lighten the Load". The event saw the participation also of the following speakers who shared OSH knowledge and best practice with the audience represented by social partners representatives from national companies and NGOs as well as by health occupational doctors (overall about 100 participants).

Gülay Gedikli (DG OSH) andn Evrin Dağkaldıran Demiralp (DG Labour) introduced respectively the national legislation on MSDs and on remote work. Alenka Škerjanc (from Ljubljana University Medical Centre of Slovenia) shared with the audience the main aspects of the Slovenian legislation. Andre Klussmann, (from the University of Hamburg, Germany) explained the ergonomic risks and provided information on the MEGAPHYS Project. Christoph Mühlemeyer (from the German Institute of Occupational Health, Safety and Ergonomics) delivered a presentation on using Key Indicator Methods to assess the risks of physical workloads. Frank Krause (from the Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) introduced key preventive measures to eliminate/control risks and to managing MSDs through early intervention. Sultan Pınar Çetintepe (from the Public Health Department of Turkish Gazi University) reported on the health surveillance for the prevention of MSDs in the workplace. Alenka Škerjanc introduced the remote working related MSDs and important recommendations for employers and employees.  Andre Klussmann presented a systematic approach to preventing MSDs. Finally, Zeynep Ünlüer (from the FNSS - Defence Systems Inc of Türkiye) and Burak Eminoğlu (from Kastamonu Integrated Forestry Industry and Trade Inc. of Türkiye) introduced national good practices on the topic.

Within the scope of the EC funded IPA Action 2020-2022, on 29 September 2022, EU OSHA participated in the OSH conference on Risk Assessment in the Construction Sites organised by the State Labour Inspectorate of Albania. Following the opening and welcome by Mr Eljo Muçaj, Director General of the State Labour Inspectorate and Ms Irida Qosja, deputy Director General of the State Labour Inspectorate and the introduction by Mr Bernard Segarra from the European Union Delegation, EU OSHA introduced the ongoing IPA project activities (Michele Dinelli), underlining the efforts of the Albanian Focal Point (State Labour Inspectorate) in implementing the OSH actions; and introduced the contents of the EU OSH Directives, i.e. the general legal framework as well as the minimum safety and health requirements for temporary or mobile construction sites (Tim Tregenza). The intervention offered a practical approach tailored to the tasks and duties of labour inspectors including a specific reference to the methodology for risk assessments. The audience, mainly represented by labour inspectors, participated actively to the event and shared interesting professional experiences. EU OSHA concluded the event by sharing the most relevant best practice adopted in the European Union by labour inspectors assessing OSH in construction sites.

The conference was a great opportunity for EU OSHA to further enhance OSH knowledge in Albania and to reinforce the cooperation and OSH information and knowledge exchange with the national Focal Point representatives.