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E-tools Seminar 2015

Developments in the labour market, together with the arrival of new technologies are affecting where and how we work. Online labour exchange or ‘crowdsourcing’ is increasing ‘relocation’ out of the traditional office. The use of performance-enhancing drugs in the workplace is only likely to increase with an increasingly competitive work environment. And robotics and artificial intelligence are being developed at an increasingly rapid rate.


May 2018 is the final deadline under REACH for registering chemical substances manufactured or imported into the EU. Companies are also obliged by then to gather all available information about the properties of the substances and to update the safety data sheets. ETUC calls on workers' representatives from companies using chemicals to check that the substances their companies use are being registered by May 2018 and that risk management measures are implemented to ensure the safe use of chemicals.


The European Week for Safety and Health at Work 2015 runs from 19 to 23 October with events taking place across Europe. Work-related stress and psychosocial risks are put under the spotlight, including sexual harassment and third party violence. With the Healthy Workplaces Campaign coming to a close before the end of this year, the European Week is the moment for many countries to wrap up their campaigns, discuss findings, exchange good practice and explore future strategies for managing stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace.