During the European Week for Safety and Health at Work (23 – 27 October 2017) many partners of the ‘Healthy Workplaces for All Ages’ campaign join forces to promote sustainable work and healthy ageing. Taking into account that workers exit the labour market at the age of 61 on average – much younger than the average official retirement age (65) in the EU, safe and healthy workplaces for people of all ages is vital to sustaining Europe’s workforce. EU-OSHA’s national focal points, official campaign partners and campaign media partners all support the week with many activities.
From 17 – 20 October EU-OSHA actively participated in the 35th A+A International Congress and Trade Fair on safety, security and health at work. Sessions covered:
World Mental Health Day (WMHD) is observed on 10 October every year. It draws attention to mental illness and its effects on people's lives, including working lives. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'mental health in the workplace'.
25% of European citizens will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime and approximately 10% of long term health problems and disabilities can be linked to mental and emotional disorders, according to the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion.
The Healthy Workplaces Summit, marking the end of the 2016-2017 Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign, takes place on 21 and 22 November in Bilbao, Spain. Leading European experts and decision makers discuss the results of the 2-year campaign and exchange good practices in promoting healthy ageing at work.
At the same time, EU-OSHA and its partners celebrate two milestones: 20 years of Napo, our cartoon partner in promoting occupational safety and health, and 10 years of EU-OSHA’s campaign partnership scheme.
A new infographic produced within the framework of the Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) project is now available in English. The ‘Risk assessment with OiRA in 4 steps’ visual provides an eye-catching description of the 4 steps of the risk assessment process; from preparation, through the identification & evaluation of risks, to setting up an action plan and reporting. A video based on the illustration will also be released later in the year.
The Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) launches an information and enforcement campaign to promote occupational safety and health (OSH) of temporary agency workers and cross-border workers. Entitled “Safe and healthy work for temporary jobs”, the campaign runs from October 2017 to May 2019.
Employment in temporary work agencies in Europe has increased rapidly during the last decade. Temporary agency workers may be particularly vulnerable, with studies showing they experience a higher incidence of occupational accidents than other groups of employees.
Brief summaries of the main findings of the 3-year project “Safer and healthier work at any age – occupational safety and health in the context of an ageing workforce” are now available in 19 languages.
The info sheets look at the benefits older workers bring to organisations, the added risks women encounter in the workplace, the systems for rehabilitation and return to work in place across Europe.
They also provide an overview of policies and strategies aimed at sustaining Europe’s ageing workforce.
EU-OSHA is now a supporter of the Vision Zero Global Campaign and helping to spread the message that every accident, disease and harm at work is preventable if the right measures are put in place in good time. The Vision Zero approach to prevention integrates the three dimensions of safety, health and well-being at all levels of work. Thanks to its flexibility, Vision Zero is beneficial to any workplace, enterprise or industry in all regions of the world.
The economic case for safety and health at work has never been clearer. New estimates from the project on the costs and benefits of OSH indicate that work-related injuries and illnesses cost the EU around €476 billion each year. The cost of work-related cancer alone amounts to €119.5 billion.
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.
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