EU-OSHA joins more than 150 experts online from 20 to 23 September to discuss important topics related to occupational safety and health (OSH) via technical sessions, symposia, keynote speeches and more.

Delegates share knowledge on addressing long-standing OSH challenges, debate the implications of the changing world of work and explore ideas on advancing a culture of prevention.


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Looking for ways to increase movement at work, and reduce long periods of standing and sitting? A dedicated section of the Lighten the Load campaign website provides links to all the resources you need.

OSHwiki articles present key facts and guidance on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and prolonged sitting and standing, looking at who is most at risk and why workplace design is important.

What’s more, our easy-to-search database is packed with more than 130 videos, brochures and other practical resources, with useful information covering many sectors and home workers.


Our bodies need to move around to function well: avoiding static postures is important to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other health problems. Prolonged sitting and standing at work are the focus of two new reports on the health risks of sedentary work.

The reports look at which workers are most susceptible, what the guidelines are for sitting and standing at work and how employers can prevent risks and help workers increase their physical activity.


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Since 2007, when Napo introduced his Lighten the Load film to raise awareness about work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), the still high prevalence of this serious health problem in Europe, has inspired Napo to present 6 new video clips, once again full of humour and good advice.


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Digitalisation has brought many changes to the nature and organisation of work — from where and when we do our jobs to the new technologies we use to perform them.

A new discussion paper looks at the effects of digitalisation and new forms of work in the context of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including exposure to biomechanical stressors and psychosocial risks.

It concludes that approaches to preventing and managing MSDs need to be continuously adapted to account for evolving digital technologies and organisational changes.


In an unprecedented year, EU-OSHA — with the help of its partners — exceeded key targets and delivered on its mission to improve occupational safety and health (OSH) across Europe.

The Agency’s 2020 consolidated annual activity report details how EU-OSHA responded effectively to the challenges posed by COVID-19, producing resources and keeping all stakeholders informed about safe and healthy working during the pandemic.


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Telework looks likely to become a permanent feature of employment for many organisations following the COVID-19 pandemic. But to what extent is this form of work covered by legislation to protect workers?

A new report — informed by a survey of EU-OSHA’s national focal points and a literature review — examines how telework is regulated at EU and national levels, and the changes and policy debates that have emerged in response to the pandemic.


We need to sit less and move more at work. Our new info sheet explains how physical activity can become part of any job.

The short guide highlights the musculoskeletal and other health problems associated with sedentary work, and what employers and workers can do to integrate movement into work routines, providing real-life workplace examples and links to further resources. The accompanying infographic provides the key tips and advice at a glance.


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EU-OSHA’s two new guides explain the challenges that returning workers face after suffering COVID-19, whether affected by acute illness or longer term symptoms, also known as long COVID. They provide simple solutions for both managers and workers on how to manage getting back to work.

Tailored to either workers or managers, each guide offers easy-to-follow advice on keeping in touch during sickness leave, the back-to-work interview, measures such as temporary adjustments to working hours or duties, and where to get help.