How will the future of OSH be affected by new developments at work: exoskeletons and social innovation

Two new foresight articles explore ways in which OSH may be affected by new developments at work: one technical - the use of exoskeletons, or wearable assistive devices and one non-technical - social innovation at work.

The nature of work and work organisation are changing rapidly, as technologies advance and skills requirements change. New (non-technical) ways of working, like new organisation and leadership forms, employee participation and empowerment, workplace innovations, contribute the needs of workers by providing good quality jobs, social wellbeing and flexibility in terms of where and when work is carried out, change the way colleagues interact and break down organisational barriers. Other technologies address physical needs; exoskeletons, for example, are intended to alleviate physical strain and prevent workers from developing musculoskeletal disorders.

But are there risks associated with these developments and what are the implications for occupational safety and health? Check out our foresight articles to find out more.

Download the foresight article on social innovation at work

Read the foresight article on the emerging use of exoskeletons

Check out EU-OSHA’s web section dedicated to emerging risks