EU-OSHA prepares, collects, analyses and disseminates information on occupational safety and health (OSH) issues, with the aim of improving OSH in workplaces across the EU.
Our websites are fully searchable and provide comprehensive coverage of OSH issues. We suggest that you try looking for the information on our corporate website and on OSHwiki.
However, if you cannot find the concrete information you are looking for, please check to see if your query is among our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below and if not get in touch using our contact form.
We’ll do our best, within our limited resources, to reply to you within two weeks. You can write to us in any of the official European Union languages, but please bear in mind that there may be some delay while we translate your message and our reply. Messages in English are likely to be answered more quickly because all our staff speak English. We aim to answer questions as quickly as possible.
European Agency for Safety and Health at Work
Brussels Liaison Office
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where can I get advice on a safety and health problem related to my working conditions?
EU-OSHA is an information body and you can find useful information and tips on our website related to different work-related health problems, such as stress, harassment, skin diseases, etc.
Unfortunately, EU-OSHA is not permitted to give advice on specific safety and health situations, intervene in any law case or interfere with local or national authorities; we advise you to start by contacting your national focal point.
They will put you in touch with the national body/authority that can help with your case.
How can I apply for compensation for an accident at work or a work-related illness?
Is EU-OSHA responsible for EU OSH policy initiatives and their implementation?
Where can I find EU-level statistics about work-related accidents and illnesses and related costs?
Information on statistics, survey results and other useful links can be found in the Surveys and statistics section of this website. EU-OSHA’s ESENER surveys look at how European workplaces manage safety and health risks in practice.
The European Commission has its own statistical information service, Eurostat; links that you might find interesting include:
Where can I find national-level statistics, standards and legislation? And will the information be available in different EU languages?
Where can I find information about European Union safety and health legislation?
Information on EU directives, guidelines and standards on safety and health at work, grouped by topic, can be found in the Safety and health legislation section of this website. The full text of EU directives in all EU languages, and further information, can be found at the European Commission’s Eur-Lex website.
It’s worth bearing in mind that European directives set out minimum requirements, and Member States can adopt stricter rules when implementing OSH directives in national law, so there may be varying requirements in the Member States.
How can I obtain copies of European Standards documents?
How can I obtain copies of reports produced by EU-OSHA?
Can I reproduce material created by EU-OSHA?
Yes, as long as you acknowledge EU-OSHA as follows:
© European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), [date]. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.
Please note that you should not make any changes of substance to text or illustrations without the express permission of EU-OSHA.
Where can I find resources for training purposes?
Although EU-OSHA doesn’t provide resources specifically for training, information on relevant topics can be found in our Themes section, and some of our publications include case studies on training. Furthermore, short PowerPoint presentations that could be adapted for training purposes can be found on https://es.slideshare.net/euosha/presentations.
A great set of training resources are the series of short, language-free animated films featuring the character Napo; these are available to download from the Napo website, and they provide light-hearted, discussion-provoking introductions to occupational safety and health topics. The “Napo for teachers” online training module on safety and health essentials for primary schools is also available for free.
In addition, information on teaching in schools and further education can be found in the Mainstreaming occupational health and safety into education section of this website.
Other good sources of information include national focal points, the European Training Foundation, Cedefop (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) and ENETOSH (the European Network Education and Training in Occupational Safety and Health).
Can EU-OSHA endorse or advertise a commercial product or service?
Would EU-OSHA be interested in funding my project?
In principle, we do not provide financial support for external projects.
The document ‘EU funding opportunities for EU-OSHA stakeholders’ aims to provide information on funding in the EU with regard to occupational safety and health. In addition, a general overview of the grants and loans provided by the European Union is available from the Secretariat General of the European Commission and a general overview of public contracts and funding is available from the European Commission.
If your project relates to safety and health at a national level, we recommend that you approach your national focal point.