Highlights

Everyone benefits from physical activity, and the European Week of Sport 2021 is a great opportunity to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle — regardless of your age or fitness level. The week runs from 23 to 30 September, starting with the BEACTIVE Day campaign, which celebrates exercise as a tool for both fun and improved physical and mental health. Being at work is no...

EU-OSHA joins more than 150 experts online from 20 to 23 September to discuss important topics related to occupational safety and health (OSH) via technical sessions, symposia, keynote speeches and more. Delegates share knowledge on addressing long-standing OSH challenges, debate the implications of the changing world of work and explore ideas on advancing a culture of...

Looking for ways to increase movement at work, and reduce long periods of standing and sitting? A dedicated section of the Lighten the Load campaign website provides links to all the resources you need. OSHwiki articles present key facts and guidance on musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and prolonged sitting and standing, looking at who is most at risk and why workplace design...

Our bodies need to move around to function well: avoiding static postures is important to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other health problems. Prolonged sitting and standing at work are the focus of two new reports on the health risks of sedentary work. The reports look at which workers are most susceptible, what the guidelines are for sitting and standing at...

Since 2007, when Napo introduced his Lighten the Load film to raise awareness about work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), the still high prevalence of this serious health problem in Europe, has inspired Napo to present 6 new video clips, once again full of humour and good advice. Sedentary work, monotonous and repetitive movements, lack of physical activity and lifting...

The high-level event attracted over 1,800 participants, connecting online from all over Europe and beyond. EU Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, together with EU-OSHA Executive Director Christa Sedlatschek, exchanged views on the new EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2021-2027, its key objectives and future implementation. Professor Sir Michael Marmot gave a keynote...

Digitalisation has brought many changes to the nature and organisation of work — from where and when we do our jobs to the new technologies we use to perform them. A new discussion paper looks at the effects of digitalisation and new forms of work in the context of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), including exposure to biomechanical stressors and psychosocial...

In an unprecedented year, EU-OSHA — with the help of its partners — exceeded key targets and delivered on its mission to improve occupational safety and health (OSH) across Europe. The Agency’s 2020 consolidated annual activity report details how EU-OSHA responded effectively to the challenges posed by COVID-19, producing resources and keeping all stakeholders informed about...

Telework looks likely to become a permanent feature of employment for many organisations following the COVID-19 pandemic. But to what extent is this form of work covered by legislation to protect workers? A new report — informed by a survey of EU-OSHA’s national focal points and a literature review — examines how telework is regulated at EU and national levels, and the changes...

We need to sit less and move more at work. Our new info sheet explains how physical activity can become part of any job. The short guide highlights the musculoskeletal and other health problems associated with sedentary work, and what employers and workers can do to integrate movement into work routines, providing real-life workplace examples and links to further resources. The...