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Small and Micro Enterprises

The importance of micro and small enterprises to the European economy is enormous. In 2013, 99.8% of all non-financial EU enterprises were small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). EU-OSHA’s project ‘Improving OSH in micro and small enterprises in Europe’ aims at identifying the key conditions that create an environment in which OSH management can be significantly improved. This will be achieved by collecting, analysing and disseminating current and new comprehensive knowledge and understanding on how OSH is managed in micro and small enterprises in Europe.

Benchmarking iniciatives EU-OSHA

In a recent report, EU-OSHA reviews benchmarking schemes throughout Europe. Case studies of occupational safety and health (OSH) schemes outline success factors and obstacles and demonstrate the diversity of schemes that exist in Europe.
Benchmarking can help to reduce accidents and ill health, improve compliance with the law and cut costs. The report provides practical guidance on how you can set up an OSH benchmarking scheme of your own.

Luxembourg Presicency logo

On 1 July 2015, the Presidency of the Council of the EU is transferred from Latvia to Luxembourg. The Presidency's responsibilities include chairing meetings of the Council of the EU — a major decision-making body.

Luxembourg’s Presidency is the final term of the current Presidency trio (Italy–Latvia–Luxembourg), the main objectives of which have been to overcome the economic crisis, boost growth, create new jobs, seize digital opportunities and protect fundamental rights.

Esener-2 survey

EU-OSHA launches the main findings of the second edition of its European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER) at the European Parliament in Brussels on 23 June 2015. With almost 50,000 business surveyed across Europe, ESENER 2 finds that risk factors linked to psychosocial and musculoskeletal disorders are the most widespread in Europe’s workplaces and that risk assessment is still considered the best way of tackling them.

Welcome to EU-OSHA website

We are proud to launch our newly redesigned corporate website with its fresh appearance and simple navigation.

Designed to help you better discover what we do, and what we can do for you, it is highly integrated with the EU-OSHA’s OSHwiki and fully adapted to mobile technologies.
We welcome you to explore the new EU-OSHA website.

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ICOH Congress Poster

The 31st edition of the International Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH) is held from 31st May to 5th June at the COEX Convention Center of Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The Congress is focused this year on the main theme “Global Harmony for Occupational Health: Bridge the World” with the aim of enhancing global levels of occupational safety and health by narrowing the gap between developed and developing countries.

Christa Sedlatschek, Director of EU-OSHA, takes part at the event with two presentations:


Every 31st May, World No Tobacco Day highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use and calls for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Smoking tobacco is known to be linked with respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, as well as a very significant increased risk of developing certain cancers. But second-hand smoke exposure or passive smoking is also a significant cause of disease, disability and mortality in the European Union.