Highlights

How can companies from across 30 activity sectors guarantee safe and healthy working conditions for their employees? Croatia has got the answer through the commitment of the national Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) partner, the Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy. Car painters, florists and bakers,* are just three of the ten professions that...

Observed each year on 9 May, Europe Day is a day to honour peace and unity throughout Europe. The day marks the anniversary of the historic declaration of French foreign minister Robert Schuman in 1950, envisaging a Europe free from war and founded on the ideals of cooperation and sharing resources. We are currently witnessing a defining moment in modern European history and...

Human health and social work activities are key for ensuring the health and wellbeing of citizens in Europe. However, workers in this sector are exposed to varied occupational safety and health (OSH) risks, of which COVID-19 and ergonomic, psychosocial factors and digitalisation rank high. On 4th May, OSH experts from EU-OSHA, European Commission representatives and EU social...

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are often viewed as an adult issue, but in fact around one third of children and young people suffer from the condition. Once in the workplace, these young workers may find their pre-existing musculoskeletal problems exacerbated. Although not all MSDs are preventable, many of the risks associated with them can be avoided. Taking a lifelong...

Automation in the workplace is rising. While advances in technologies are opening up new opportunities, they also offer new challenges for the future of occupational safety and health (OSH). As part of its 4-year research programme on digitalisation, EU-OSHA has published an initial report to address types and definitions of artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced robotics...

Celebrated annually on 28 April and organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 looked into how participation and social dialogue can contribute to a strong and positive safety and health culture. Under the motto ‘Act together to build a positive safety and health culture’, ILO issued a report and organised a global...

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in children and young people as well as in young workers are worryingly high. Involving schools in occupational safety and health issues can help prevent this. Integrating safety and health in education is essential in developing a culture of prevention for students. A new report offers approaches to ‘health-promoting schools’ and examples of...

EU-OSHA recognises leading examples of preventing musculoskeletal disorders at work. The winners comprise eight companies and organisations across Europe in sectors ranging from healthcare to metalwork. Employers and workers collaborated to implement sustainable and transferable occupational safety and health management approaches that improve musculoskeletal health, such as...

With more than one million clients in Belgium (1 quarter of households) the Service Voucher sector (also named personal and household services sector at the EU level), has become essential since its creation in 2004. However, workers have recently faced more and more occupational safety and health (OSH) issues. A new discussion paper provides an overview of these OSH challenges...

High workload, time pressure and demanding clients are the most common psychosocial risks for small companies. COVID-19 has also had a negative impact on workers’ lives and enterprises. Complementing the ESENER 2019 survey results, this report examines how micro and small enterprises manage new and emerging psychosocial risks. Detailed country reports analyse the findings from...