Highlights

European Week Against Cancer (EWAC) takes place between 25 and 31 May to mobilise governments, organisations and individuals in the fight against cancer. This year, we join voices with the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) to bring the focus on the implementation of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. This EU approach to cancer prevention, treatment and care also...

Long COVID can have a significantly negative impact on workers and workplaces. Difficulty in breathing, fatigue, headaches and problems with memory and concentration are all symptoms which can last for weeks or even months. Employers face challenges when key workers have difficulty to fully return to their jobs due to Long COVID symptoms, and possible changes to work...

Many children and young people live with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which may be exacerbated once they join the work force. Being overweight and inactive can increase the risk of MSDs in young people and children, but they are preventable. Minimising these dangers is a multifaceted undertaking, which should involve the public health, education and occupational health...

How can companies from across 30 activity sectors guarantee safe and healthy working conditions for their employees? Croatia has got the answer through the commitment of the national Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) partner, the Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family and Social Policy. Car painters, florists and bakers,* are just three of the ten professions that...

Observed each year on 9 May, Europe Day is a day to honour peace and unity throughout Europe. The day marks the anniversary of the historic declaration of French foreign minister Robert Schuman in 1950, envisaging a Europe free from war and founded on the ideals of cooperation and sharing resources. We are currently witnessing a defining moment in modern European history and...

Human health and social work activities are key for ensuring the health and wellbeing of citizens in Europe. However, workers in this sector are exposed to varied occupational safety and health (OSH) risks, of which COVID-19 and ergonomic, psychosocial factors and digitalisation rank high. On 4th May, OSH experts from EU-OSHA, European Commission representatives and EU social...

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are often viewed as an adult issue, but in fact around one third of children and young people suffer from the condition. Once in the workplace, these young workers may find their pre-existing musculoskeletal problems exacerbated. Although not all MSDs are preventable, many of the risks associated with them can be avoided. Taking a lifelong...

Automation in the workplace is rising. While advances in technologies are opening up new opportunities, they also offer new challenges for the future of occupational safety and health (OSH). As part of its 4-year research programme on digitalisation, EU-OSHA has published an initial report to address types and definitions of artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced robotics...

Celebrated annually on 28 April and organised by the International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 looked into how participation and social dialogue can contribute to a strong and positive safety and health culture. Under the motto ‘Act together to build a positive safety and health culture’, ILO issued a report and organised a global...

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in children and young people as well as in young workers are worryingly high. Involving schools in occupational safety and health issues can help prevent this. Integrating safety and health in education is essential in developing a culture of prevention for students. A new report offers approaches to ‘health-promoting schools’ and examples of...