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Marking the EU OSH Week 2022 in North Macedonia

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.

Photo: second from the left, Ms Chaloska, head of the National OSH Council; and second from the right, Ms Trenchevska, Minister of Labour and Social Policy