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23/08/2017

Since the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) was founded in 1994, its mission has been to make workplaces in Europe safer and healthier — and, as a result, more productive. EU-OSHA raises awareness of occupational safety and health, and of the importance, for employers, employees and society, of good management of workplace risks. We work with partners across Europe to disseminate up-to-date information, good practices and practical tools.

Interested in learning more about EU-OSHA’s activities?

22/08/2017

Alert and sentinel systems allow the detection of new or emerging work-related diseases and are useful to complement the official figures of occupational diseases. Literature about the limited number of alert and sentinel approaches in place has been reviewed by EU-OSHA to weigh up their benefits.

They can help target workplace interventions and prevention.

17/08/2017

Two comprehensive sectoral good practice guides on occupational safety and health are now available for download in over 20 languages. Published by the European Commission, they cover agriculture, livestock farming, horticulture and forestry; and small fishing vessels (which make up 80 % of the EU’s fishing fleet). Packed with examples of good practices for risk prevention, real-life case studies and practical resources, they are excellent guides to keeping workers in these sectors safe from harm. The guides are a user-friendly reference with glossaries, illustrations and charts.

14/08/2017

Micro and small enterprises are the backbone of the EU’s economy. However, small companies can find managing occupational safety and health challenging because of a lack of resources or know-how.

To address this, EU-OSHA has launched an extensive project that identifies policies, strategies and practical solutions, specifically for managing workplace safety and health in small enterprises. The results will provide evidence-based support for policy-makers and good practices supporting OSH in small businesses — making Europe a safer and healthier place to work.

11/08/2017

International Youth Day, held on 12 August 2017, highlights the challenges faced by young people throughout the world.

Young people, aged 18 to 24 years, are particularly vulnerable to hazards in the workplace with a 40% higher rate of non-fatal injuries than older workers in all sectors. EU-OSHA is committed to tackling this, and, as part of this commitment, the 2016-17 campaign promotes healthy workplaces for all ages.

03/08/2017

Protecting the interests of all workers, regardless of age, is particularly important in the context of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which aims to deliver rights such as equal opportunities and fair working conditions; for example, one of its 20 principles is ‘Workers have the right to a working environment adapted to their professional needs and which enables them to prolong their partici

20/07/2017

There was quite some excitement in EU-OSHA, Bilbao, as we welcomed a delegation of MEPs for a two-day study visit on July 17-18 2017.  Director, Christa Sedlatschek, and staff were on hand to guide the guests through several presentations of our flagship activities, including ESENER, the Online Interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) project, our worldwide awareness-raising campaigns and projects dedicated to micro and small enterprises.

12/07/2017

The VeSafe e-guide is an interactive one-stop shop for information on vehicle-related risks at work. It covers safe driving, workplace transport and working on or near a road. A joint effort by EU-OSHA and the European Commission, the guide includes many examples of good practice and an overview of relevant regulations. What’s more, it’s free and easy to use, and you can filter the information by risk or vehicle type.

06/07/2017

Technology is playing an ever-increasing role in the workplace and is changing the way people work. This can be good for workers, but it may also result in new and emerging occupational safety and health (OSH) risks. EU-OSHA has published two new expert reviews examining the use of specific types of technology in the workplace: one discusses 3D printing (additive manufacturing) and potential new risks in terms of liability, materials used, flexible ways of working, and monotony on the job.

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