National safety and health legislation in Member States is governed by European legislation. This includes legally binding EU directives, non-binding EU guidelines to facilitate the implementation of directives and EU standards.
Find out more about European and national Safety and health legislation.
Electricity is a familiar and essential part of everyday life, also in the workplace. But electricity can injure or kill workers, and cause damage if it is not handled properly. There are simple precautions that can be taken to significantly reduce the risk of injury when working with or near electricity. “Napo in… Shocking situations” describes common electrical hazards and risks, and provides some preventive and safety tips.
OSHwiki is an ideal way to share specialised knowledge and collaborate online within the occupational safety and health (OSH) community.
OSHwiki articles are written by accredited OSH professionals and academics, but anyone can access OSHwiki free of charge to read a large variety of informative articles. Moreover the platform supports all languages, and some articles have already been written and translated by the OSHwiki community into languages other than English.
Find out why and how we run our Healthy Workplaces Campaigns, how you can get involved, and which practical tools and resources are available to download. Or maybe you are interested in knowing how we go about planning our future campaign?
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.
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.
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.
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.