Body mapping is a method of finding out how work might be harming people’s bodies, while hazard mapping helps pinpoint workplace risks to health.

These interactive techniques — carried out using simple tools at a meeting or workshop — draw on workers’ knowledge and experience and make them feel part of the solution.

They can help prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) by identifying MSD risk factors and are particularly useful if reading skills or language barriers are an issue.

Lighten the Load

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the focus of EU-OSHA’s latest Healthy Workplaces Campaign, and with good reason. These debilitating conditions, which include backache and neck pain, are the most common ailments among workers in Europe.

The campaign was launched at a press conference with the European Commissioner Nicolas Schmit, the German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Hubertus Heil and EU-OSHA’s Executive Director, Christa Sedlatschek.


Thousands of participants are gearing up for one of the biggest events in the occupational safety and health (OSH) calendar.

The European Week for Safety and Health at Work marks the official launch of the Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load campaign, focusing on musculoskeletal disorders. The multilingual campaign website, launched earlier in the month, offers a wide range of information, access to publications, case studies and practical tools and guidelines.


Following the postponement of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, a virtual meeting about occupational safety and health (OSH) and COVID-19 is held on 5 and 6 October 2020.

The event looks into a global action approach for resilient and sustainable workplaces through good governance and strong social dialogue. It also explores the relation among OSH, business continuity, and employment and labour rights in the light of COVID-19.


Find out everything you need to know about the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2020-22 on its new dedicated multilingual website. The campaign, Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load, raises awareness of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and how to prevent and manage them.

Download the key campaign materials, get practical tools and guidance, and read case studies on this common yet preventable occupational health problem, which affects workers of all ages and in all sectors.


Europe’s rich linguistic diversity represents a key element in the cultural heritage of the continent that must be preserved and enhanced. Consequently, every 26 September we celebrate the European Day of Languages.

Multilingualism is a cornerstone of EU-OSHA’s work to make European workplaces safer, healthier and more productive. It significantly contributes to achieve greater intercultural knowledge sharing and to spread messages more effectively.