Highlights

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) workers in the EU continue to face psychosocial and organisational risks including discrimination, harassment and bullying in the workplace. Lack of protection and promotion of their occupational safety and health (OSH) is putting LGBTI workers’ mental health and well-being under strain, including triggering fatigue...

Robotic harvesters, weed zapping machines, automatic irrigation systems — new technology is revolutionising agriculture and forestry practices, but it’s important that risk assessment keeps pace. Digitalisation has the benefit of decreasing manual workload — and health problems such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) — but may bring its own problems, such as an increase in...

Two new discussion papers examine virtual working environments and dynamic risk assessment. One focuses on how the virtual working environment and occupational safety and health are being impacted by the digital transformation. The other looks at how dynamic risk assessment, a term used to signify the digitisation and innovation of risk assessment, deals with digital data and...

The seminar ‘The Future is here: an occupational safety and health perspective’, focuses on many of today’s pressing occupational safety and health (OSH) challenges and offers an outlook on what will continue to be relevant in the future. EU-OSHA Interim Executive Director, William Cockburn, gives an overview on emerging risks and other colleagues address the continuing...

Orange the world: End violence against women now! This is the global theme for this year’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, which runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December 2021, Human Rights Day. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown...

Why are women, migrant and LGBTI workers particularly at risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)? And how can these workers be protected? In a comprehensive review, we examine the prevalence of MSDs among these groups and identify the associated physical, psychosocial, individual and organisational risk factors. The report is based on interviews with experts, focus...

We know that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can be caused by physical factors, such as prolonged sitting and handling loads. However, the importance of psychosocial factors, such as low autonomy and poor communication at work, in the development of MSDs should not be underestimated. A new literature review looks at the link between these risk factors and MSDs and discusses...

EU-OSHA has published two policy briefs focusing on the role of digitalisation and waste management in the circular economy and its implications for occupational safety and health (OSH). Under EU-OSHA’s foresight study on the circular economy four future scenarios were developed to anticipate changes and identify OSH risks. The potential pathways could vary widely and are...

The captivating film Yoon follows a man on his difficult journey by car from Portugal to Senegal to deliver items and sell goods. Reflecting on the difficult lives of millions of migrant workers, this award winning film should get European citizens talking about safety and health at work, and inspire film makers to make more films on the issue. During the DocLisboa festival, a...

Women, LGBTI and migrant workers are more frequently exposed than other workers to workplace risks that cause or exacerbate musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Our info sheet — available now from the worker diversity priority area of the Lighten the Load campaign website — sets out the risk factors for each of these groups. In particular, it draws attention to common psychosocial...