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International SOS Foundation and Prevent: "Return on Prevention: Cost-benefit analysis of prevention measures for business travellers and international assignees” (Apr 28, 2015)

new study commissioned by the International SOS Foundation and published by Prevent reveals the benefits of implementing pre-travel health checks and malaria prevention measures for business travellers and international assignees.

The research shows how organisations who take measures to mitigate the health and travel security risks associated with business travel and international assignment are not only meeting their moral and legal responsibilities; they are also making a wise commercial investment.

“This study proves there are tangible commercial incentives to investing in preventive programmes, in addition to fulfilling an organisations duty of care. Implementing quality, appropriate pre-travel health and malaria programmes can save lives and cut costs. Businesses should not ignore these findings.” remarks Laurent Fourier, Director of the International SOS Foundation.

To determine how the benefits of implementing a travel health prevention strategy significantly outweigh the operating costs, two specific programmes have been analysed:

  • A medical check programme for travellers and international assignees aimed at identifying pre-existing medical issues before assigning employees to a foreign country to identify general and work-related health problems before the assignment begins. This analysis showed that $1 invested returns a benefit ranging from $1.6 (minimum scenario) to $2.53 (maximum scenario).
  • A malaria prevention programme aimed at employees travelling and working in malaria-risk regions. Employees are given information before departure and receive prophylaxis medication and other technical protection means such as mosquito-nets, insecticide sprays and repellents as well as a malaria curative kit. This programme reduced the occurrence of fatal cases by 70%. The benefits also outweigh the costs in the case of this programme: For each $1 invested, the return was estimated at $1.32.

 

Find out more about this or any International SOS Foundation research initiatives

 

Watch live the sessions of the second day of the Latvian Presidency Conference on Occupational Safety and Health (Apr 28, 2015)

Watch live the Latvian Presidency Conference on Occupational Safety and Health in Riga.

Watch live the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards ceremony (Apr 27, 2015)

Watch live the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards ceremony, to be held at the Latvian Presidency Conference on Occupational Safety and Health in Riga.

NL - Statistics on Occupational Diseases 2014 (Apr 24, 2015)

'Statistics on Occupational Diseases 2014' is a report compiled by the Netherlands Center for Occupational Diseases (NCvB) and commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW). The report aims to provide an overview of the incidence of occupational diseases and their distribution within the sectors and occupations in the Netherlands in 2013. In addition to statistical data, the report also includes a description of the scientific and social developments relating to the various categories of occupational diseases.

 

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6th Resilience Engineering Symposium – Lisbon 22th - 25th June 2015 (Apr 22, 2015)

Resilience Engineering Association (REA) organises the 6th edition of the Symposium on Resilience Engineering. The event will take place in Lisbon from 22th to 25th June to exchange knowledge about Managing resilience and learning to be adaptable and proactive in an unpredictable world.

Prior to the Symposium, a special day will be organized for young talents (master and PhD students) working in the area of resilience engineering. On this day, students will have the opportunity to present their work to experienced faculty.

Find out more about the Symposium

Paris - Expert workshop on e-tools - Summary (Apr 21, 2015)

The Expert workshop on e-tools organised in October 2014 in Paris was a one day event coodinated by EU-OSHA to discuss about “e-tools” and their implementation in the field of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH).

The evolution of computer technology and Web use practices explains the development of more and more online interactive tools (“e-tools”) and the occupational health and safety sector is no stranger to this trend/evolution. Many OSH actors have already shown interest in the possibilities offered by new technologies and have over the last years developed such e-tools. These tools are mainly developed with the aim to facilitate compliance with legislation or foster a health and safety culture.

The Summary of this workshop is available now

You can also read and share the presentation via Slideshare

NL - TNO Summary “Overview of Dutch working conditions 2014” (Apr 21, 2015)

The research organisation TNO brings out “Overview of Dutch working conditions 2014”. The summary, about the findings presented in the Arbobalans 2014, is organised around the following themes: description of the Dutch working population, key figures on the quality of the work, sickness absence, accidents at work and occupational diseases, psychosocial working conditions, preventive policy and sustainable employability.

Read the summary in English now 

Call for entries - DOK Leipzig Documentary Film Festival 2015 (Apr 16, 2015)

The 58th edition of the DOK Leipzig Documentary film Festival will take place this year from October 26th to November 1st.

As every  year,  EU-OSHA collaborates in this festival presenting the Healthy Workplaces Film Award, a prize that honours the best documentary film on work-related topics with a 5.000€ reward and the production of 1,000 DVDs including subtitles in a selection of European languages. 

You can submit your documentaries, animation and animated documentaries and for the first time interactive projects on the Dok Leipzig Website from 16th April to 13th July.

Find out more about EU-OSHA´s Healthy Workplaces Film Award 2015.

ICOH - 31st International Congress on Occupational Health (Mar 30, 2015)

The 31st International Congress on Occupational Health will be held in Seoul from 31 May to 5 June 2015.  Organized as the triennial congress of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), will be an important milestone in meeting challenges, protecting and promoting the health of workers at the time of rapid changes in work life and working conditions in globalizing economy.

EU-OSHA will have a stand in the Exhibition area to promote key projects, such as OiRA, OSHwiki and Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign. Director Christa Sedlatschek will take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Congress and the Asian Policy Forum to strengthen international collaboration in occupational safety and health. 

More information on the event

On-line registration available now

Calls for proposals published by DG Employment (Mar 24, 2015)

Beginning of March DG Employment published two new calls for proposals. One addressed to sectoral social dialogue and one focusing on support for workers' organisations. Both include health and safety at work as a possible area for activities.

See here for more information

Consult our OiRA funding guide for getting advice on successful applications
 

Conclusions of the 3rd Greek Occupational Health and Safety Conference (Mar 23, 2015)

Held in Athens on February 26th 2015, the Conference brought together representatives from many companies and organisations such as Greek Institute of Health and Safety at work, Nestle, Coca Cola, Unilever, Athenian Brewery and Hellenic Quality Foods.

The meeting, organized in four sections, covered the following occupational safety and health main topics:

  • Towards a healthier, safer and more productive working environment.
  • Recommended practices for "zero" working accidents and minimization of diseases.
  • Risk assessment, formulating safe and hygienic working environments with the participation of all concerned. Training and the creation of a "prevention" culture.
  • Challenges and opportunities for OHS in today's continuously changing working environments.

Conclusions of the Conference available here

Have you met Napo yet? (Mar 20, 2015)

Napo is a cartoon character representing an employee in any sector, in any country, and in any language. His video clips show how in his daily working life, he comes up against the same problems that many other workers across Europe face, including psychosocial risks and workplace stress. The videos can be used in a variety of contexts to present ‘Safety with a Smile’!

Director-General of European Commission’s DG Employment visits EU-OSHA (Mar 16, 2015)

 

Michel Servoz, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, visited EU-OSHA on 16 March 2015. EU-OSHA’s main projects and activities were reviewed and discussed in a meeting Mr Servoz held with Director Christa Sedlatschek and the management. He then addressed all EU-OSHA staff and joined the Governing Board meeting the following day to present the objectives of the new Commission and the Directorate General for the coming years on occupational safety and health issues.

 

EU- REACH Evaluation Report 2014 shows that a considerable share of the examined registration dossiers still requires improvement (Mar 16, 2015)


Pursuant to Article 54 of the REACH Regulation, ECHA publishes a report on evaluation by the end of February each year.
To achieve high quality of data-rich registration dossiers, ECHA developed a new compliance check strategy in 2014. The Agency focuses on checking the quality of hazard, use and exposure information for those higher-volume substances having the biggest potential impact on human health and the environment. A total of 283 compliance check evaluations carried over from 2013 or opened during 2014, were concluded. Of these, 111 were concluded with no further action and 172 cases led to a draft decision, requesting more information from registrants.
The report gives specific recommendations for both future registrants for the 2018 deadline and existing registrants who may need to update their dossiers. The recommendations cover the following subjects:

  • The correct identity and composition of the substance is crucial
  • Report hazard information clearly
  • Adapt according to REACH rules
  • The chemical safety report should reflect realistic uses and conditions of use
  •  Use ECHA's guidance and tools.

Read the report

EU-OSHA pages on REACH 
 

EU-Committee of the Regions EU OSH Strategic Framework 2014-2020 (Mar 13, 2015)

The European Committee of the regions:

  • regrets that LRAs have played a very limited role in the Commission's strategy. The Committee calls on the Commission to guarantee that they will be formally involved in commitments in this area, acknowledging that as major employers they are key institutional actors
  • stresses that, due to their partnership and links to local businesses, LRAs can play an important role in integrating legislation, promoting the "culture of prevention" and the proper application of preventive standards, and supporting representation and collective redress on safety issues
  • proposes to identify a European central steering committee responsible for defining, coordinating and developing health and safety at work issues (preferably coordinated by EU-OSHA), not least in order to play a more effective proactive role in providing a point of reference, guidance and oversight for Member States implementing EU legislation
  • is strongly in favour of financing measures from 2014 and calls for ad hoc support to be arranged for projects presented by LRAs, especially those that represent areas where effective coverage by the public health system is lacking or areas facing demographic challenges
  • proposes that exchanges of best practices be fostered between regional and local administrations actively involved in this field
  • agrees that the effectiveness of sanctions, administrative fines imposed and non-traditional ways of monitoring compliance needs to be assessed in cooperation with the Member States, the Senior Labour Inspectorate Committee (SLIC) and the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health (ACSH), on the condition that the public sector is given an opportunity to play a role in these bodies

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EU-Council conclusions on EU OSH strategic framework 2014-2020 (Mar 13, 2015)


The Council adopted conclusions on a strategic framework on health and safety at work for the 2014-2020 period, the Commission's communication published last year.

They confirm that the Council and the Commission agree on the need:

  • to improve the implementation of the existing occupational safety and health legislation
  • to prevent existing, new and emerging risks to health and safety at work
  • to address the challenges posed by an ageing workforce and longer working careers

Adapting to these challenges requires action both by member states and by the EU.
The conclusions also recognise that, in the field of health and safety at work, the action by the social partners is of great importance.

They call for the social partners to continue their action in the field of health and safety at work, from the European level down to the company level. There is also an important role to be played by the sectorial social partners, as some sectors and some categories of workers are facing or are affected by particular health and safety risks.

The changes in the working environment and in technologies used may require an update of current legislation for health and safety at work. It is important to ensure that the member states and the EU as a whole continue to improve working conditions. This also implies that they have up-to-date tools to respond to today's challenges and to those of the future.

Draft council conclusions

 

 


 

"Managing stress and psychosocial risks" E-guide. Belgium/Flemish version is available now (Mar 12, 2015)

"Managing stress and psychosocial risks" free e-guide is available now in the Belgium/Flemish national version. Discover how to effectively manage work-related stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace with this practical online tool.

Search the national version of your interest, browse it online or download it to your computer for offline usage.

Get the Belgium/Flemish e-guide
Find the e-guide version that is relevant for you
Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress
 

 

EU- updated SCENIHR opinion on the potential health effects of electromagnetic fields (Mar 11, 2015)

This Opinion updates SCENIHR previous Opinions on EMF of 19 January 2009 and 6 July 2009, in light of newly available information (over 700 studies, mostly published after 2008).
 

Occupational health management in the insurance sector (Mar 10, 2015)

The Employer’s Association of insurance companies in Germany has published a report on health management. The report is based on survey results showing how employee well-being is supported in the German insurance sector. On top of that it includes examples from a large number of insurance companies. Several best practice cases show that health management is about much more than supporting employees in a healthy life-style.

Find the Report

Vacancy notice - ICT OFFICER (Mar 10, 2015)

The Agency is organizing a selection procedure with a view to establishing a reserve list and recruiting a long-term Contract Agent (FG III) to work within the ICT Section of the Communication and Promotion Unit in the following position:

EUOSHA/CA/15/02 - ICT OFFICER (FGIII) Long-term contract (three-year renewable contract subject to a probationary period of 9 months)

Find out more about the vacancy