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Our new comprehensive European overview report and summary look at how MSDs affect the European workforce, society and economy.

These publications are part of a large-scale EU-OSHA project aimed at analysing national and European data on MSDs, their impact on health and work, risk factors, and prevention and return-to-work measures.

This in-depth analysis points to the need for an integrated approach to preventing work-related MSDs, which affect millions of workers and cost employers billions of euros. 

Some national reports will follow soon.


EU-OSHA and its partners and stakeholders gather in Bilbao for the final milestone of the 2018-19 campaign — Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances.

The summit celebrates the achievements of the campaign and gives delegates the opportunity to share experiences and best practice on substitution of dangerous substances, minimising exposure to carcinogens and challenges for effective prevention.


EU-OSHA’s Online interactive Risk Assessment platform — OiRA — has been a major achievement in the Agency’s 25 years of promoting and facilitating effective workplace risk assessment and management.

The user-friendly web-based platform helps businesses across Europe, particularly micro and small enterprises (MSEs), assess and manage occupational safety and health (OSH) risks across a range of sectors and in many European languages.

OiRA has been instrumental in helping EU-OSHA and its partners reach out to MSEs and improve safety and health.


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Bird Island by Sergio da Costa and Maya Kosa has claimed the title of best film on a topic related to work at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Film (DOK Leipzig).

The winning film tackles rehabilitation by creating a captivating analogy between the patience and care needed to ensure the recovery of injured birds in a sanctuary and of a young man returning to work following long-term illness.


From 5 – 8 November 2019 EU-OSHA participates in the 36th A+A International Congress and Trade Fair on safety, security and health at work.

EU-OSHA’s Executive Director talks about the future of occupational health and safety in Europe covering strategies, projects and networks.

Other contributions include the incidence, causes and costs of work-related accidents and illnesses, the Vision Zero project and dangerous substances, successful prevention using risk assessments and implementation in micro and small enterprises.


Some groups of workers are more at risk than others when exposed to dangerous substances. This can happen because these workers are inexperienced, uninformed or physically more vulnerable. Other reasons include frequent change of jobs, or working in sectors where awareness is low, or because of greater or different physiological sensitivity.