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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.