Highlights

Powerful insights on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) from top-level experts and decision-makers made EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces Summit 2022 engaging and impactful. Held in Bilbao on 14 and 15 November and attracting more than 400 participants, the conference showed how much the ‘Lighten the Load’ campaign has helped to raise awareness about MSDs, which...

A high proportion of EU workers are potentially exposed to ‘process-generated carcinogens’, in particular exhaust fumes such as diesel engine emissions, silica dust, hardwood dust, and welding fumes. And many times they are unaware. In a new video clip, Napo and his colleagues illustrate typical occupations where exposure to these carcinogens is high. Working as builders...

‘We all want to feel safe…’ The Orange The World campaign kicks off again this year with 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Starting on 25 November - the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - the campaign aims at increasing awareness and sharing knowledge on various forms of violence against women. Female workers are exposed to...

Leading European experts and decision makers gather in Bilbao on 14 and 15 November for a two-day conference to reflect on the outcomes of the Healthy Workplaces Lighten the Load 2020-22 campaign and share insight on the future of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) prevention. A special highlight is the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards ceremony, celebrating organisations...

A series of discussion papers and articles review the impact that psychosocial risk factors (e.g. excessive workload) can have on the development of a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). This includes a publication that reviews the effect that digitalisation is having on workers’ exposure to physical risk factors (e.g. repetitive tasks) for work-related MSDs. The publications also...

How has the largest occupational safety and health campaign in the world made its mark? Taking place on 14 and 15 November 2022 in Bilbao, the Healthy Workplaces Summit 2022 will bring together leading occupational safety and health experts, as well as high-level attendees from the European Commission and Parliament, and Spanish and Basque governments, to discuss the results of...

The European Week kicks off today, with hundreds of events, initiatives and promotions organised by EU-OSHA and its partners to cast a spotlight on the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Our national focal points and official campaign partners have been busy as ever, preparing activities to mark the week. For example, CEMBUREAU will be exploring how the European...

In a small village in Ecuador, Vicky during daytime goes fishing and in the evening, she runs a little bar. Vicky belongs to the local trans community and she balances her physically tough work at sea with feminine elegance in her private life. ‘The Beach of Enchaquirados’ (Ecuador, 2021) shows us how LGBTI people can be accepted in a remote fishing community. The jury was...

From early education centres to universities and driving schools, the education sector can be stressful and cause a deterioration of mental and physical well-being. While education may not be considered the most ‘at risk’ occupation sector in terms of safety and health, prevention of work-related psychosocial and musculoskeletal disorders could be of significant importance. A...

More than four out of ten workers (44%) say that their work stress has increased as a result of the pandemic, according to EU-OSHA’s workers’ survey OSH Pulse – occupational safety and health in post-pandemic workplaces. EU-OSHA publishes the survey findings to mark World Mental Health Day, on 10 October. They shine a light on mental and physical health stressors for workers...