Within EU-OSHA’s overview project on work related diseases, the workshop on ‘Alert and sentinel systems for the identification of work-related diseases in the EU’ brought together leading experts and policy makers from across Europe to discuss the existing alert and sentinel approaches described in EU-OSHA’s review. Making use of these to improve sentinel surveillance at both member state and EU level, as well as the importance of cooperating and exchanging data within the EU was highlighted as well.
The Napo in… dust at work film shows some of the situations at the workplace where workers can be exposed to wood, metal, flour or other types of dust. In line with the Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign, this Napo film illustrates the importance of managing the exposure effectively in order to avoid ill health and injuries.
EU-OSHA continues to collaborate with the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig 2018), which takes place from 29 October to 4 November, presenting the Healthy Workplaces Film Award.
The Award honours the best documentary or animated film on work-related topics with a 5,000€ prize and the subtitling in a selection of European languages.
Final entry deadline to participate in DOK Leipzig 2018 is 7 July.
On 31 May, we join the World Health Organisation in observing the World No Tobacco Day to highlight the harmful effects of tobacco use on health and to promote smoke-free workplaces.
“Tobacco Breaks Hearts” is the campaign theme of this year’s World No Tobacco Day. Exposure to tobacco smoke may have destructive impact on both smokers’ and non-smokers’ health as it can cause serious problems such as cardiovascular diseases.
At the 32nd International Congress on Occupational Health ICOH 2018, which takes place in Dublin from 29 April to 04 May, EU-OSHA’s Director Dr Christa Sedlatschek gives a statement at a high-level session on preventing occupational cancer. EU-OSHA also runs the ‘Roadmap on carcinogens: EU and National Initiatives’ special session, together with the Netherlands Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.
This year on 28 April, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, gives rise to a global campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.
Young people are one of the most vulnerable groups in the workplace as they have limited life and work experience. They are more likely to have serious accidents and to become victims of violence and harassment at work and their protection is on top of the EU agenda.
As part of EU-OSHA’s foresight project, a workshop on “New and emerging risks associated with ICT” with EU-OSHA’s Focal Points focused on the potential impact of digitalisation on occupational safety and health (OSH). The workshop consisted of a range of presentations, plenary discussions and group exercises based on four future scenarios that can be used as a tool to develop robust policies and strategies addressing the OSH challenges identified.
Dangerous substances continue to pose risks to the safety and health of Europe’s workers. Raising awareness of the need to eliminate exposure to these substances — and manage them where that’s not possible — is the focus of the new campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances. The campaign is being launched at a press conference in Brussels on 24 April 2018 at 12.00.