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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.

03/07/2017
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On 1 July 2017, Estonia takes over the Council Presidency from Malta.

Estonia hosts the first term of a new Presidency trio and will be followed by the Bulgarian and Austrian Presidencies.

The Estonian Presidency’s focus is on protecting the EU’s core values, its economy and its people. Advancing Europe’s open and innovative economy, promoting digital services and ensuring sustainable employment — through skill development and reducing inequality — are some of its objectives.

29/06/2017

The EU’s population and workforce are ageing. This has implications for employment, working conditions, living standards and welfare. How should we respond to these challenges? A new report, coordinated by EU-OSHA, shows how information from four agencies can support policy-making that is both complementary and greater than the sum of its parts.  The report draws on the agencies’ expertise in each of their areas and covers the different challenges associated with the ageing workforce and considers innovative solutions.

13/06/2017

EU-OSHA’s annual report outlines its major activities in 2016. To give just a few examples, last year, EU-OSHA published findings from the latest edition of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2) focusing on occupational safety and health (OSH) in general, psychosocial risks in particular, workers’ involvement in OSH management and the main drivers and barriers to action.

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