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Dangerous substances continue to be a major safety and health issue, affecting millions of workers across Europe. But the extent of this exposure and the associated risks are often underestimated or ignored.

EU-OSHA’s upcoming Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances campaign challenges common misconceptions, raises awareness of the risks and disseminates good practice and resources for effective management of dangerous substances in the workplace.


According to recent estimates, work-related diseases account for about 200,000 deaths each year in Europe. Work-related ill-health and injury is costing the European Union €476 billion every year which could be saved with the right occupational safety and health (OSH) strategies, policies and practices. Raising awareness of these diseases, including work-related cancers, is a priority for EU-OSHA.


A new report analysing findings of the second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER-2) takes a broad view of European occupational safety and health (OSH) practice. The report highlights that, although traditional occupational safety risks are largely well addressed across Europe, health and psychosocial risks are not as well managed. There is a need to expand current trends to more comprehensively address health and psychosocial risks as part of good OSH practice.


On the International Women’s Day on 8th March, EU-OSHA raises awareness about the risks and their implications for women when it comes to occupational safety and health (OSH) management, with a special insight into older female employees.

Gender specific differences in the workplace might lead to a reduction of women’s well-being at work as a result of the lack of career prospects. Women in general, and older women specifically, are also exposed to different risks than their male counterparts throughout their working lives. 


The launch of the 2018-19 Campaign — Healthy Workplaces Manage Dangerous Substances — is fast approaching. EU-OSHA’s campaign partnership meeting in Brussels on 20 March brings together European and international organisations and companies and media partners who would like to become campaign partners or renew their partnership.

The event is the ideal opportunity for them to network and exchange ideas on how they will actively promote the objectives of the campaign through their activities.


On #WorldCancerDay, join us in raising awareness of cancer — the leading cause of work-related deaths in the EU – and the importance of its prevention.

EU-OSHA has recently held a seminar on rehabilitation and return to work after cancer. Good policies in this area are vital to help cancer survivors return successfully to work.


How to ensure workers’ safety and health in micro and small enterprises (MSEs) is top of the agenda for leading safety and health experts and policy-makers at a seminar hosted by EU-OSHA.

Commissioner Marianne Thyssen discusses, with EU-OSHA’s Governing Board and other relevant stakeholders, the latest findings of the MSE project, now available in two comprehensive reports.