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Smart personal protective equipment (PPE) promises higher levels of safety and comfort in the workplace through the use of enhanced materials or electronic components. However, there are obstacles that will need to be overcome if it is to be successfully implemented in Europe’s workplaces. A new discussion paper examines the opportunities opened up and the risks posed by these new technologies.

Although organisational measures and collective protection should be always prioritised, the use of PPE is becoming an intelligent support.



The OSH Barometer is the first data visualisation tool with up-to-date information on the status of and trends in occupational safety and health (OSH) in European countries.

The tool consists of four groups of indicators on a range of OSH topics, such as OSH authorities, national strategies, working conditions and OSH statistics. You can visualise and compare data, generate graphics and download reports on specific topics.

The OSH Barometer is updated regularly with new indicators, data and features.


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What really works when it comes to tackling work-related MSDs? Our new report identifies 25 varied initiatives — from awareness-raising campaigns to inspections and legislation — used in 14 countries, highlighting what can be done to prevent MSDs, particularly in SMEs. Six of these are explored in more depth, giving insight into how actions to prevent MSDs work in practice. This report is part of a wider project in which existing MSD prevention policies, programmes and tools have been analysed alongside with existing literature and statistical evidence on the topic.



EU-OSHA presents the main findings of the 2019 edition of its European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER), showing the main risk factors reported by European workplaces – musculoskeletal disorders and psychosocial risks.

Over 45,000 companies in 33 countries participated in the survey, answering questions on different areas of occupational safety and health (OSH), including the emerging issue of digitalisation.



Under the tagline, ‘Healthy Workplaces Stop the Pandemic’  EU-OSHA has started an initiative to address the occupational health and safety challenges linked to the current pandemic, offering a range of workplace guidance on COVID-19.

Resources include: EU guidance to limit the spread of the virus and on preventive measures for a safe and healthy return to workplaces;  information on how to minimise exposure to biological agents; awareness-raising videos and a range of links to good practice material from EU and international organisations.


Get a taste of the upcoming campaign! The new website is packed with information and helpful resources on work-related musculoskeletal disorders and why we must manage them.

More tools and resources will be added to the website, in several languages, in the lead up to the campaign launch during European Week for Safety and Health at Work in October 2020. But there’s no need to wait — check out the website now and check how you could get involved in the campaign!