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Top European companies and organisations get credit for managing workplace stress - Mar 05, 2015

EU-OSHA, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, has paid tribute to over one hundred European companies and federations that joined forces with the Agency to combat workplace stress.  By volunteering to become Official Campaign Partners of the “Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress” campaign, these organisations make a great contribution to making Europe’s workplaces healthier and safer.

World Cancer Day: New report highlights ways to improve the prevention of work-related cancer - Feb 04, 2015

Today, on World Cancer Day, the world unites in the fight against cancer. A report on work-related cancer by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) aims to tackle these issues by evaluating current assessment methods.

EU-OSHA launches free e-guide on managing stress and psychosocial risks at work - Nov 27, 2014

As part of the Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) today launched its e-guide on managing stress and psychosocial risks. Stress is an important occupational safety and health (OSH) concern in about 80% of European businesses and is one of the main reasons for lost working days in Europe. However, less than a third of European establishments have procedures in place to deal with work-related stress. The e-guide is a practical tool to help both employers and workers, particularly of small businesses, better understand and manage stress and psychosocial risks.

French film Harvest wins Healthy Workplaces Film Award in Leipzig - Nov 10, 2014

The winner of the 2014 Healthy Workplaces Film Award has been announced and the jury have selected Paul Lacoste’s Harvest. Now in its sixth year supporting the award, which is presented at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig), the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) will screen the film throughout Europe to help raise awareness of occupational safety and health (OSH) issues.

Addressing workplace safety and health in the healthcare sector will ensure high-quality patient care - Oct 30, 2014

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) publishes a report on current and emerging occupational safety and health (OSH) risks in the healthcare sector. An important feature of the report is its focus on a previously neglected area — home and community care.

Managing work-related stress is the focus of this year’s European Week for Safety and Health at Work - Oct 20, 2014

This week sees the start of the 2014 European Week for Safety and Health at Work, a highlight of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign. Taking place from 20 to 24 October, hundreds of events will be held across Europe to mark the occasion. Keeping with the current theme – Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress – the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and its community of partners aim to get Europe talking about stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace and how we can tackle them together.

New report shows how healthy workplaces are managing stress - Oct 13, 2014

One-quarter of workers in Europe report feeling stressed at work all or most of the time, and a similar proportion say that work affects their health negatively. Psychosocial risks — for example, monotonous tasks, high work intensity, tight deadlines, work-life unbalance, violence and harassment from the public or from colleagues — contribute to work-related stress. A new report, published as part of a Europe-wide campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress gives a broad overview on psychosocial risks at European workplaces and gives examples on the way forward at political as well as company level —all illustrated with real-life examples and case studies.

EU-OSHA showcases new research, tools and resources at the world’s largest event on occupational safety and health - Aug 20, 2014

EU-OSHA will be participating in the twentieth World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, taking place in Frankfurt, Germany, from 24 to 27 August 2014, and exhibiting at the associated Arbeitsschutz Aktuell trade fair from 25 to 28 August.

OSHwiki goes live – a new web platform to connect the occupational safety and health community - Aug 25, 2014

OSHwiki is the first web platform which allows users to create, collaborate and share knowledge on occupational safety and health (OSH) in all languages. It’s a new way to network online with the OSH community, aiming to support government, industry and employee organisations in ensuring safe and healthy workplaces. Today the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launches OSHwiki at the XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany.

Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress: over 60 organisations across Europe join EU-OSHA’s 2014–15 Campaign - Jun 18, 2014

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) today announced the first wave of EU official campaign partners for its 2014–15 Campaign, Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress (#EUmanagestress). The campaign partners come from a variety of sectors across Europe and encompass employers’ and workers’ federations, technology platforms, non-governmental organisations and multinational companies. They are joined by campaign media partners, committed to communicating the importance of managing work-related stress and psychosocial risks.

Working together for success: EU-OSHA’s annual report 2013 - Jun 16, 2014

In its 2013 annual report, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) demonstrates that it has continued to successfully promote the economic benefits of investing in workplace safety and health by stressing the importance of working together.

Work-related stress – EU-OSHA campaign calls on employers and workers to tackle it together - Apr 07, 2014

Today in Brussels the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launched a two year Europe-wide campaign: ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’. The prevalence of work-related stress in Europe is startling. EU-OSHA’s latest pan-European opinion poll revealed that 51 % of workers find work-related stress to be common in their workplace and 4 in 10 workers think that stress is not handled well in their organisation. However, together employers and workers can successfully manage and prevent work-related stress and psychosocial risks; the Healthy Workplaces Campaign aims to help companies do just that. 

European Good Practice Awards – call for nominations open to organisations successfully tackling workplace stress - Apr 15, 2014

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched the 12th edition of the European Good Practice Awards in occupational safety and health. The awards, part of the Campaign ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’, welcome applications from European companies or organisations which are implementing measures to successfully manage stress and psychosocial risks in their workplaces. The winners will be recognised at an awards ceremony in spring 2015.

Inauguration of new premises and signature of Seat Agreement mark historic day for EU-OSHA - Mar 31, 2014

Inauguration of new premises

Speaking at the inauguration of the brand new premises in the Miribilla area of Bilbao, the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor announced that the European Commission would shortly publish its much-awaited EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work. 

Identification of occupational safety and health research priorities will help Europe reach its 2020 goals - Mar 24, 2014

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has identified key priority areas for occupational safety and health (OSH) research that will help Europe reach its 2020 goals. Priorities have been set around four major themes: (1) demographic change; (2) globalisation and the changing world of work; (3) safe new technologies; and (4) new or increasing occupational exposure to chemical and biological agents.

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C(us)todians secures fifth edition of Healthy Workplaces Film Award in Leipzig - Nov 07, 2013

Aly Muritiba's C(us)todians was announced the winner of the 2013 Healthy Workplaces Film Award at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig). This is the fifth time the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) awards a film prize for the best work-related documentary.

 

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World’s largest occupational safety and health campaign closes following a record level of involvement - Nov 11, 2013

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) brings its campaign on ‘Working together for risk prevention’ to a close at a major conference in Bilbao on 11 and 12 November 2013.

 

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Working together during the 2013 European Week for Safety and Health at Work - Oct 21, 2013

The European Week for Safety and Health at Work is the biggest awareness-raising event of its kind, dedicated to improving the safety and health of Europe’s workplaces. The Week takes place from 21 to 25 October and is coordinated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and implemented by its partners in the EU’s 28 Member States and beyond.

 

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The European Social Model, a Key Driver for Competitiveness - Sep 25, 2013
Four EU agencies, Cedefop, EU-OSHA, ETF and Eurofound contribute to a strengthened European Social Model.
 

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How can successful prevention strategies at EU level take account of different factors at national level? - Sep 19, 2013

The EU has a clear role to play in workplace health and safety, stresses a report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). The report helps also to explain why the European Framework Directive 89/391/EEC, which aims to provide a common level of protection to workers in all Member States, is put into practice in different ways across the EU.

 

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Health and safety at the crossroads: EU-OSHA’s annual report 2012 - Jun 18, 2013

Against a background of continuing economic uncertainty, in its 2012 annual report the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) shows how it has continued to work hard to promote the importance of good occupational safety and health, for businesses of all sizes.

 

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Responding to the needs of culturally diverse workforces is essential for improving organisational success - May 27, 2013

Addressing cultural diversity in the workplace can greatly impact on occupational safety and health, finds a new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

 

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New poll reveals job insecurity or job reorganisation is thought to be the most common cause of work-related stress - May 09, 2013
  • Half of workers across Europe think work-related stress is common, and four in ten think it is not handled well at their workplace.
  • Job insecurity or job reorganisation is thought to be the most common cause of work-related stress across Europe.
  • There is low awareness of programmes or policies to make it easier for workers to continue working up to or beyond the retirement age, though the majority support their introduction.

These are the main findings of the 3rd edition of the pan-European opinion poll conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). 

 

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Are ‘green jobs’ safe? - Apr 11, 2013

With pressure to reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste, increase energy efficiency and the proportion of renewable energy, the EU is set for a rapid growth in the number of ‘green jobs’ – jobs which help to protect or restore the environment. But with new technologies and processes being introduced in the green economy, what are the implications for workers’ health and safety? With the publication of a new Foresight report, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) turns the spotlight on the occupational safety and health (OSH) risks of green jobs.

 

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Health and safety in supply chains - Jan 24, 2013

Increasingly, businesses are outsourcing their activities and processes. But what implications does the growing importance of supply chains have for working conditions? A new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) sheds light on occupational safety and health (OSH) within these complex networks of suppliers and service providers.

 

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Danger: chemicals! New online toolkit alerts workers and employers to hazard pictograms - Oct 13, 2012

A new toolkit highlighting the changes to the labelling of chemical substances has been launched by EU-OSHA. The toolkit helps employers and their workers handle dangerous substances with care and keep themselves safe at work.

 

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Online risk assessment tool for workplaces goes from strength to strength - Oct 18, 2012

A free online software, developed by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), is giving micro and small businesses across Europe the means of carrying out risk assessments in workplaces in a straightforward and cost-effective way.

 

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Dealing with psychosocial risks: success factors and obstacles - Sep 26, 2012

Most European companies still don’t have procedures for managing workplace stress and other psychosocial risks, despite the increasing threat that they pose to Europe’s workers. This situation is explored in two new reports from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which look at the reasons why, with 79% of managers in the EU being concerned about stress at work, and 40% concerned with workplace harassment and violence, 74% of European businesses still do not have procedures in place to deal with these issues.

 

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EU-OSHA backs European Year for Active Ageing - Oct 01, 2012

2012 is the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations, and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has been taking an active part in it, making information available on how to help employees stay fit for work for longer.

 

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EU-OSHA helps primary school teachers to bring safety and health into the classroom - Sep 06, 2012

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), together with the Napo Consortium, presents an exciting new project aimed at introducing basic health and safety knowledge to primary school children. The ‘Napo for Teachers’ initiative makes a variety of educational aids available to teachers online. Aimed at children aged between 7 and 11, the resources are based on the cartoon character Napo, who helps EU-OSHA to spread the message of workplace safety and health in a light and engaging way.

 

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Health and safety pays, even in difficult times: EU-OSHA’s Annual Report 2011 - Jun 28, 2012

In its latest annual report, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work continues to argue for investment in workplace health and safety, for economic as well as ethical reasons.

 

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The risks of the very small - Jun 20, 2012

There are serious gaps in our awareness of the potential risks involved in handling nanomaterials at work, and serious shortcomings in the way that those risks are communicated to workplaces, according to a new literature review from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

 

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31 May - World No Tobacco Day 2012: EU-OSHA launches a ‘Smoke-Free Workplaces’ campaign - May 30, 2012

This year the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) takes part in the World No Tobacco Day, launching its ‘Smoke-Free Workplaces’ awareness-raising campaign which calls on employers and workers to eliminate environmental tobacco smoke in workplaces all around Europe. It supports the pan-European campaign ‘Ex-smokers are unstoppable’ by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumers.

 

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New Healthy Workplaces Campaign: call to action for employers and workers to work together - Apr 20, 2012

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) launches its new two-year Healthy Workplaces Campaign on Working together for risk prevention. EU workplaces are safer and healthier than they have ever been. But still every year there are 6.9 million workplace accidents and millions more work-related diseases. The human suffering of poor safety and health is immeasurable, but the economic cost is estimated at 490 billion euros a year - more than half the current cost of the EU's financial crisis bail-out fund. EU-OSHA's new campaign turns the spotlight on the importance of management leadership and worker participation in improving workplace safety and health.

 

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Stress in the workplace to rise, say 8 out of 10 in major pan-European opinion poll - Mar 27, 2012

Job-related stress is a concern for the large majority of the European workforce, concludes the 2nd European Opinion Poll on Occupational Safety and Health. The survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), measured the opinions of over 35,000 members of the general public in 36 European countries on contemporary workplace issues including job-related stress, and the importance of occupational safety and health for economic competitiveness and in the context of longer working lives.

 

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Focus on risk prevention! EU-OSHA announces winners of 2011 photo competition - Nov 22, 2011

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has announced the winners of its pan-European photo competition on safety and health in the workplace. Krzysztof Maksymowicz of Poland was awarded the first prize for his photograph ‘dress maker’ at the Healthy Workplaces Summit in Bilbao.

 

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EU-OSHA closes record-breaking Safe Maintenance Campaign with a European occupational safety and health summit - Nov 22, 2011

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is bringing its two-year campaign to a close through its Healthy Workplaces Summit on Safe Maintenance. The two-day summit in Bilbao brings together leading European experts and decision makers including the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Lászlo Andor, the new Director of EU-OSHA, Dr Christa Sedlatschek and representatives of governments and social partners.

 

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Work Hard – Play Hard. EU-OSHA announces winner of the 2011 Healthy Workplaces Film Award - Oct 26, 2011

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) presented its third Healthy Workplaces Film Award at the 54th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig). This year the prize for the best documentary on work-related topics was won by Carmen Losmann of Germany for her film Work Hard - Play Hard, an exploration of modern theories of work organisation and management.

 

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EU-OSHA launches landmark project to facilitate risk assessment in Europe’s small enterprises - Sep 12, 2011

Officially launched today at the XIX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work in Istanbul, the Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) project marks the first initiative at EU level to facilitate workplace risk assessment. Developed by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the innovative tool will help Europe’s 20 million micro and small enterprises to improve safety and health for their workers by assessing risks through an easy-to-use and cost-free web application.
 

 

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European Week for Safety and Health at Work puts spotlight on safe maintenance - Oct 24, 2011

Safe maintenance will be the focus of the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which this year will be marked from 24 to 28 October with a series of awareness-raising events, including workshops, seminars and exhibitions. The week is part of the Healthy Workplaces campaign, organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and its partners across the EU and beyond.

 

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Dr Christa Sedlatschek appointed to lead EU-OSHA - Jul 26, 2011
Dr Christa Sedlatschek has been appointed as the next director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). She is currently Head of Initiatives, Programmes, Transfer and Network Management and Director of the Initiative for a New Quality of Work (www.inqa.de) at the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA).
 

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Safe Maintenance has new ambassadors from leading European companies and organisations - Jun 07, 2011

In the second year of EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces Campaign on safe maintenance, the number of official campaign partners has now risen to 52 as seven more pan-European organisations and multinational companies from a range of public and private sectors have joined: AEIP, CPME, Dupont, ECTA, EORNA, Golder Associates and UEPG

 

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EU-OSHA Annual Report 2010: a healthy workforce is key to a sustainable economic recovery - Jun 28, 2011

The wellbeing of the European workforce is key to a sustainable economic recovery, according to the head of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

 

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EU-OSHA sets the scene for safe and healthy workplaces with its third Healthy Workplaces Film Award - May 19, 2011

For the third consecutive year, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is putting the spotlight on safe and healthy working conditions with its Healthy Workplaces Film Award. Entries to the award are now open, with a prize fund of 8,000 Euro at stake for the best documentary on work-related topics. The winner will be announced at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) in October.

 

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EU-OSHA teams up with the UN’s Decade of Action on Road Safety to reduce risks to drivers - May 11, 2011

People working in the road transport sector face many more risks than just the danger of having a collision – that is the message of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), which is today launching a new website to help keep drivers safe. Coinciding with the launch of the United Nation’s (UN) Decade of Action on Road Safety 2011-2020, EU-OSHA provides access to a series of reports and other resources to help meet the challenges of managing health and safety in the road transport sector.

 

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European Photo Competition: The deadline for submission of entries is 31st August 2011. Don’t miss your chance to win a top prize of €3,000. - May 02, 2011

Following the success of its 2009 competition, which received over 1600 entries, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched its second photo competition to raise awareness of safety and health at work.

 

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EU-OSHA announces 10th European Good Practice Awards on World Day for Safety and Health at Work - Apr 28, 2011

At the 10th European Good Practice Awards, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) recognised and rewarded the outstanding contribution to safe maintenance made by eight organisations and companies from across Europe. Part of EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces Campaign on Safe Maintenance, the awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by the Hungarian Presidency of the European Union on the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (28th April).

 

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Workplace violence and harassment on the increase in Europe - Jan 31, 2011

Violence, bullying and harassment are becoming increasingly common features of European workplaces, according to a new report by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Yet the response from organisations and national governments is widely felt to be inadequate.

 

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European Agency and the Belgian EU Presidency show how safe maintenance can save lives - Nov 25, 2010

With statistics showing that between 10 and 15 per cent of all fatal workplace accidents in Europe are linked to maintenance operations, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has joined forces with the Belgian EU Presidency to host a conference in Brussels today which shows how safe maintenance can increase occupational health and safety standards.

 

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Healthy workplaces in the spotlight as documentary film award winner revealed - Oct 27, 2010

All That Glitters, a thought-provoking film about a worker in a goldmine in an inhospitable region of Kyrgyzstan, has been announced as the winner of the second Healthy Workplaces Film Award for the best documentary on work-related topics. The award is supported by the European Agency for Safety and Healthy at Work (EU-OSHA) as part of its mission of promoting safer and healthier workplaces in Europe.

 

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Safe maintenance goes to top of the agenda in European Week - Oct 25, 2010

Safe maintenance will be the focus of this year’s European Week for Safety and Health at Work which starts on Monday as hundreds of conferences, exhibitions, and training sessions - organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and its partners - are held in more than 30 countries across Europe.

 

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Economic incentives pay dividends for workplace safety and health - Sep 29, 2010

Newly published research by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) suggests that economic incentive schemes encouraging companies to invest in risk prevention are a cost-effective option for governments looking to cut the numbers of work-related accidents and illnesses. The EU-OSHA report on economic incentives was launched at a conference of the International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) ‘Health, Work and Social Responsibility’ in Rome on 29 September 2010.

 

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Lights! Camera! Film Award nominations place spotlight on the need for safer workplaces - Sep 21, 2010

For the second year, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) sponsors the Healthy Workplaces Film Award, to honour a documentary film that focuses on the individual at work. The film award aims to raise awareness about the risks people face at work and is endowed with 8,000 Euro. It is a key component of EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces Campaign and will be presented at the 53rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) next month.

 

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Workplace Health Promotion improves productivity and well-being - Jul 21, 2010

Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) leads to better health, reduced absenteeism, enhanced motivation, and improved productivity: that is the message behind the Workplace Health Promotion project of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Employers have an important role to play in encouraging workers to adopt healthy lifestyles. In addition to the health benefits for workers, every Euro invested in WHP leads to a Return on Investment (ROI) of between 2,5 – 4,8 Euros due to reduced absenteeism costs.

 

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Safe maintenance is good business: 30 pan-European organisations join as Official Campaign Partners - Jul 13, 2010

Companies and associations from the private and public sector, including some of Europe’s most well known companies, have joined forces with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) in the new Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2010/11 on safe maintenance.

 

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Mainstreaming OSH in university education: challenges and opportunities - Jun 29, 2010

Tomorrow’s architects, engineers, health professionals and business administrators will all need to be aware of occupational safety and health (OSH) and incorporate risk management into their daily working lives, if they are to keep themselves (and those around them) safe while they are at work. But how do we ensure that OSH training is an integral part of university education, rather than something that young people encounter only when they enter the world of employment?
A new report looks at the challenges of ‘mainstreaming’ or integrating OSH into university courses, as well as providing examples of imaginative ways in which these challenges can be overcome.

 

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2009 Annual Report: spending on health and safety is an investment not a cost - Jun 22, 2010

“Spending on workplace health and safety should be seen as an investment and not a cost”, according to the Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Along with the publication of the Agency’s Annual Report for 2009, Jukka Takala warned against organisations “abandoning long term benefits for short term gains, by reducing their health and safety budgets in difficult times. With 80% of European managers reporting workplace accidents as the main concern, we cannot afford to make cuts in workplace health and safety.”

 

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79% of European managers are concerned by work-related stress, but less than a third of companies have set procedures to deal with it - Jun 03, 2010

Concern about psychosocial risks such as stress, violence and harassment is increasing in European organisations, the first findings of the biggest workplace health and safety survey in Europe show. The new data was released on 3 June 2010 by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) at the mid-term review conference of the Community Strategy for Health and Safety at Work (2007 - 2012).

 

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Safe maintenance in focus with the launch of the new Healthy Workplaces Campaign - Apr 28, 2010

To mark the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has launched its new Healthy Workplaces Campaign for 2010/11, promoting safe maintenance across Europe. In some European countries as much as 20% of all workplace accidents are connected with maintenance and in a number of sectors over half of all accidents are maintenance-related.

 

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EU agencies engage in dialogue with EC President Barroso on their contribution to shaping Europe - Feb 19, 2010

The heads of European Union Agencies met on the 17th of February with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to discuss ways to strengthen their partnership with the European Commission and to share their views on the EU’s future approach to the governance of the Agencies.

 

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A beekeeper’s portrait was awarded with the first prize of the European photo competition on safer and healthier workplaces - Nov 19, 2009

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has just announced the winner of the photography competition focussing on safety and health at work. Christopher Azzopardi from Malta was awarded with the 1st prize for his photograph entitled “Beekeeper” at the European Summit on Risk Assessment and SMEs in Bilbao, the closing event of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign.

 

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Healthy Workplaces Campaign on risk assessment comes to an end - Nov 18, 2009

“With over 450 Europeans dying every day from work-related causes, workplace health and safety cannot be regarded as a luxury in these times of economic crisis”. That was the message of Jukka Takala, Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), at the closing of the latest round of the world’s largest occupational health and safety campaign on 17 November.

 

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Summit of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign on risk assessment - Nov 11, 2009

The importance of risk assessment in the workplace, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises, will be the focus of a high-profile event being held in Bilbao, Spain, on 17 November 2009. Organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the Swedish EU Presidency, the summit marks the close of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign on risk assessment, which for the last two years has been promoting practical ways in which workplace risks can be managed and reduced.

 

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First ever winner of the Healthy Workplaces Film Award is announced at international film festival - Nov 02, 2009

For the first time, the European Agency for Safety and Healthy at Work (EU-OSHA) has supported the Healthy Workplaces Film Award for the best documentary on work-related topics at the 52nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film. The 2009 winner is a film entitled A Blooming Business directed by Dutch director Ton Van Zantvoort, which shows the painful working conditions in a globalised flower industry.

 

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More employees die from work accidents in small enterprises - Oct 21, 2009

Employees in small enterprises have a greater risk of dying from a work accident than their colleges in larger enterprises with more than 50 employees.

 

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Risk assessment – the key to a better work environment - Oct 21, 2009

“With better risk assessment practices, we can prevent many workplace accidents that occur every day all around Europe”, says Dr Jukka Takala, Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). Dr Takala will be visiting Sweden next week, as a speaker at the high level conference on labour market inclusion under the Swedish Presidency of the European Union.

 

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EU-OSHA targets health risks in cleaning industry for European Week 2009 - Oct 21, 2009

Cutting down on work-related ailments among cleaners is a major focus of the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which runs from 19 to 23 October. During the Week, which is organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) hundreds of events and activities relating to safety and health take place throughout Europe. This second year of the Healthy Workplaces campaign on risk assessment has been focused on promoting campaign messages at sectoral level.

 

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European Week focuses on risk assessment’s role in cutting workplace ills - Oct 15, 2009

As part of the bi-annual Healthy Workplaces Campaign on risk assessment, the European Week for Safety and Health at Work runs from 19 to 23 October and is organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and its partners. Hundreds of events and activities relating to safety and health will take place throughout Europe – ranging from conferences to training sessions and inter-company events. A new case study report gives practical advice on risk prevention.

 

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What do Europeans think about their working conditions? - Oct 06, 2009

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has just released the results of a Europe-wide opinion poll on safety and health at work. According to the findings, there is widespread concern among European citizens that the current economic crisis could adversely affect health and safety at work, putting at risk the improvements that they report having seen over the last five years. Many Europeans also feel well informed about occupational safety and health and consider it an important factor when choosing a new job.

 

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Deadline approaches for entrants to Europe-wide photo competition on safe and healthy workplaces - Aug 11, 2009

The closing date for the pan-European photography competition organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is fast approaching. Based on safe and healthy workplaces, final entries can still be submitted up until 15th August 2009. The competition has so far attracted significant interest from citizens across the European Union with over 500 entries to date.

 

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Film Award for the best documentary on work-related topics - Jul 30, 2009

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is supporting, for the first time, the Healthy Workplaces Film Award for the best documentary on work-related topics. The award is endowed with € 8,000 and is presented at the 52nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig).

 

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Annual Report for 2008: no cutting back on health and safety, warns Agency head - Jul 20, 2009

In the current economic downturn, European organisations cannot afford to forget workplace safety: that is the warning issued by the Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).

 

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First Europe-wide photo competition on safe and healthy workplaces launched on Europe Day - May 08, 2009

A new photography competition focussing on safety and health at work has been announced by the European Agency for Safety and Health (EU-OSHA). All photographers - professionals or amateurs - are invited to join the competition and submit their photographs before 15 August 2009. An international jury of professional photographers selects the best entries from a special competition website. Prizes totaling € 7,000 await the winners.

 

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Safety and health good practice award winners honoured by European Agency on the eve of World Day for Safety and Health at Work - Apr 27, 2009

Eight organisations and companies were honoured with an award at the ninth annual European Good Practice competition organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). The awards form part of the Healthy Workplaces campaign on risk assessment. The award winners and commended entries all promoted good safety and health practices in workplace risk assessment. A new booklet published today showcases the good practice initiatives they have implemented.

 

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EU experts and Minister of Labour tackle workplace health and safety risks in Cyprus’ hotels and restaurants - May 07, 2009

Representatives from the European Commission, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the Cypriot Minister of Labour, social partners and local experts gathered at a conference called “Working safely in the hotels, restaurants and catering sector (HORECA)” to help SMEs manage their specific occupational risks. A new report from EU-OSHA shows that workers in this sector have to deal with unfavourable working conditions and showcases many good practice examples.

 

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European workers face new and increasing health risks from hazardous substances - May 01, 2009

Contact with a wide range of chemicals and other hazardous substances at work is endangering the health of workers across Europe, and nanotechnology is one of the risks causing most concern to experts from 21 European countries.

 

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EU risk assessment campaign: 30 European organisations and companies take action - Feb 26, 2009

Just after the first campaign year, the number of official partners has risen to 30 as more pan-European organisations and multinational companies signed up to support the Healthy Workplaces campaign organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). The campaign aims at reducing work-related accidents and illnesses by promoting risk assessment as the first step to a sustainable prevention culture. Improvements in this area are urgently needed as it is estimated that every year in the EU 167.000 people die from work-related causes*.

 

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Support grows for European risk assessment campaign - Dec 02, 2008

Eight more pan-European and multinational organisations have signed up to support the Healthy Workplaces campaign organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). This brings the number of official campaign partners to 17. The campaign aims at reducing work-related accidents and illnesses by focusing on the assessment of health and safety risks, as it is the first essential step for effective workplace safety and health management. Improvements in this area are urgently needed. To give just one example figure: It is estimated that every three-and-a-half minutes somebody in the EU dies from work-related causes*.

 

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EU report presents examples of good practice for hotels and restaurants - Nov 11, 2008

A new report by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) focuses on the risks faced by workers in the hotels, restaurants and catering (HORECA) sector. The report, ‘Protecting workers in hotels, restaurants and catering’, showcases examples of good practice in dealing with workplace risks, as well as giving an overview of policy in the area, and describing changes that are taking place in the sector.

 

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European Week aims at cutting workplace accidents and diseases - Oct 20, 2008

Reducing the number of work-related accidents and illnesses is the target for the European Week for Safety and Health at Work from 20-24 October 2008. Organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the week's campaign activities will highlight the importance of assessing health and safety risks. EU-OSHA has also produced a new report on 'Risk Assessment' to showcase practical ways in which workplace risks can be managed and reduced.

 

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European organisations and multinationals join forces to promote safe and healthy workplaces - Oct 13, 2008

Nine pan-European and multinational organisations have signed up to be part of the first wave of official partners of the Healthy Workplaces campaign. Organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the campaign focuses on the evaluation of health and safety risks and aims at reducing work-related accidents and illnesses. Improvements in this area are urgently needed. To give just one example figure: It is estimated that every three-and-a-half minutes somebody in the EU dies from work-related causes*.

 

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Reducing work-related accidents and illness through better risk assessment - Jun 13, 2008

Every year 5,720 people die in the European Union as a consequence of work-related accidents, according to EUROSTAT figures (1). Besides that, the International Labour Organisation estimates (2) that an additional 159,500 workers in the EU die every year from occupational diseases. Taking both figures into consideration, it is estimated that every three-and-a-half minutes somebody in the EU dies from work-related causes. Most of these accidents and diseases are preventable, and the first step in preventing them is risk assessment. That is the message of “Healthy Workplaces. Good for you. Good for business.”, the Europe-wide information campaign on risk assessment, launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). The campaign focuses especially on high-risk sectors such as construction, healthcare and agriculture, and on the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises. It will run over two years (2008-09).

 

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Por la igualdad entre hombres y mujeres también en seguridad y salud laboral - Mar 07, 2008

  • La Agencia Europea para la Seguridad y la Salud en el Trabajo ha detectado que sigue habiendo muchos vacíos de conocimiento en lo que se refiere a cuestiones de seguridad y salud laboral en el colectivo femenino. Algunos de los principales riesgos en ámbitos laborales en los que predominan las mujeres son los trastornos musculoesqueléticos de cuello y extremidades superiores, el estrés y la violencia ejercida por el público.
  • Según un informe de Eurostat, el 44% de todos los trabajadores en la UE 27 son mujeres y solamente un tercio ocupan puestos directivos en Europa. En el tercer trimestre de 2007, en la UE de los 27, la tasa de empleo de las mujeres entre 15 y 64 años fue del 58,8% en comparación con la de los hombres que fue del 73,2%. Y la tasa de desempleo en el primer mes de este año de las mujeres ha sido de un 7,4% frente al 6,3% de los hombres.

 

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European good practices to help cut workplace illness for millions - Feb 25, 2008

Nine organisations have been honoured with a European Good Practice Award for helping to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) – the most common form of work-related illness in Europe. Across the EU, 25% of workers complain of backache and 23% report muscular pains. The winners were announced at the closing event of the ‘Lighten the Load’ campaign, organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). The Agency also presented a new report setting out the latest scientific evidence on the issue.

 

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European Risk Observatory: More and more people face psychosocial risks at work - Jan 30, 2008

Working environments are significantly changing with the introduction of new technologies, materials and work processes. Changes in work design, organisation and management can produce new risk areas that can result in increased stress levels and may finally lead to a serious deterioration of mental and physical health. A new report by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work shows that the main psychosocial risks are related to new forms of employment contracts, job insecurity, work intensification, high emotional demands, violence at work and a poor work-life balance.

 

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European Risk Observatory: Many of Europe’s migrant workers face poor safety and health conditions - Jan 17, 2008

In a new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the European Risk Observatory (ERO) provides an overview of the most important issues relating to the occupational safety and health (OSH) of migrant workers. Migration can bring career opportunities that can enhance workers’ general well-being, but it can also involve a degree of deskilling and downward social mobility which can be associated with potential health and safety problems.

 

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Más de 1.500 jóvenes asistieron al Ciclo de Cine Europeo sobre seguridad laboral - Dec 03, 2007

Más de 1.500 jóvenes asistieron la semana pasada al Ciclo de Cine Europeo sobre seguridad laboral que tuvo lugar en 10 ciudades españolas (Madrid, A Coruña, Barcelona, Bilbao, Burgos, Cáceres, Logroño, Pamplona, Valencia y Zaragoza). El Ciclo fue organizado por las oficinas en España del Parlamento Europeo y de la Comisión Europea, y la Agencia Europea para la Seguridad y la Salud en el Trabajo con el fin de concienciar a los jóvenes sobre este asunto.

 

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CINEMA EVENTS: "EUROPE, A PLACE TO WORK IN DIGNITY” - Nov 26, 2007

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, EU-OSHA together with the Spanish representation of the European Parliament and the European Commission organises a series of cinema events in 10 Spanish cities. Under the motto ‘Europe, a place to work in dignity’ several films relating to occupational safety and health topics will be shown free of charge.

 

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Risk Observatory: New biological threats in European working environment - Nov 26, 2007

In its new report the European Risk Observatory identifies emerging biological risks that are most likely to affect workers in the EU. Farmers, healthcare workers or people in evolving industries such as waste treatment are particularly concerned. Communicable diseases such as SARS, avian flu or Dengue are of increasing concern. Despite existing European law, knowledge is still limited and in many workplaces biological risks are poorly assessed and prevented. The report emphasises the importance of taking a global and multidisciplinary approach involving occupational safety and health, public health, environmental protection and food safety.

 

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EU conference debates the implementation of the new Community Strategy for improving safety and health at work - Nov 07, 2007

On 6 November 2007, leading policy makers and key EU and national stakeholders met in Lisbon, Portugal, to discuss how best to achieve the objectives set out in the new ‘Community Strategy for Health and Safety at Work, 2007-2012’. The new five-year scheme aims at cutting work-related accidents by a quarter across the EU and to move forward the positive trends of the previous programme.

 

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Tell us what you did to 'Lighten the load' - Oct 23, 2007

Tell us what you did during the European Lighten the load campaign, download your own personalised Certificate of Participation, and automatically enter a prize draw to win a free trip to the Basque Region of Spain for two people.

 

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Back to work for back pain sufferers - Oct 16, 2007

The European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which takes place from 22 – 26 October 2007, tackles musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace. A new publication - ‘Work-related musculoskeletal disorders: Back to work report’ - launched to coincide with the event, focuses on the retention, reintegration and rehabilitation of workers with MSDs.

 

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EU-Agency targets improvement of the quality of working life in an enlarged European Union - Aug 30, 2007

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work is organising seminars across the 12 newer EU Member States, Croatia and Turkey to help small businesses implement an effective health and safety policy.

 

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EU report marks ten years of progress in safety and health at work - Jul 16, 2007

The central role of the ‘European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’ in promoting healthier, safer and more productive workplaces was underlined today in its 2006 annual report. It shines a spotlight on last year’s impact on young workers and small businesses and shows how the Agency continues to improve the quality of working life in an expanding European Union.

 

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Lighten the load - tackling musculoskeletal disorders - Jun 04, 2007

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common work-related health problem in Europe, affecting millions of workers. Across the EU27, 25% of workers complain of backache and 23% report muscular pains.

 

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La Agencia europea para la seguridad y la salud en el trabajo busca mejorar la salud laboral en los próximos años - May 09, 2007

•    La Nueva Estrategia Comunitaria para la Seguridad y la Salud en el Trabajo para el período 2007-2012 se propone reducir en un 25% la tasa global de accidentes en la Europa de los 27.•    La población activa europea - más de 190 millones de personas – se enfrenta a nuevos riesgos laborales.•    Muchos trabajadores de la Unión Europea piensan que su trabajo pone en peligro su salud o su seguridad.Madrid, 9 de mayo de 2007. El 50 aniversario de la Unión Europea coincide con la puesta en marcha de un nuevo programa de trabajo de  la Agencia Europea para

 

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Lugares de trabajo seguros y saludables - Hacer realidad el trabajo decente - Apr 27, 2007

28 de Abril de 2007. La Agencia Europea respalda con su apoyo el Día Mundial de la Seguridad y a Salud en el Trabajo. Y aprovechando esta importante conmemoración, ha puesto en marcha dos campañas que se desarrollarán a lo largo de todo el año: La Campaña “Lugar de Trabajo Saludable”, (HWI: Healthy Workplace Iniciative en sus siglas en inglés) y La Campaña Informativa Europea sobre Trastornos Musculoesqueléticos, (“Aligera la carga”).

 

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The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work & Euro Info Centres join forces to promote safer, healthier and more productive workplaces - Apr 26, 2007

The Healthy Workplace Initiative will help thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the 12 newer EU Member States, Croatia and Turkey to learn more about how to implement an effective health and safety policy.

 

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Good practices will ‘Lighten the load’ - Apr 23, 2007

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work invites nominations for the eighth European Good Practice Awards in occupational health and safety.

 

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Young film makers respond to the call! - Mar 22, 2007

A short film produced by three students from the Istituto Técnico Industriale Statale “Nullo Baldini” in Ravenna, Italy was awarded the title of “Safe Start European Young Film Maker of the Year” at the Safe Start Summit held in Bilbao, Spain on 22 March 2007.

 

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European Safe Start Summit concludes successful health and safety campaign - Mar 19, 2007

EU policymakers, social partners and leading safety and health experts met on 22nd March 2007 at the Euskalduna Conference Centre, Bilbao, Spain, to see how to ensure that young people have a safe and healthy start to their working lives.

 

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Los riesgos laborales de las mujeres están infravalorados en comparación con los hombres - Mar 07, 2007

8 de marzo de 2007. Existen diferencias sustanciales en la vida laboral de mujeres y hombres, lo que afecta también a su seguridad y salud en el trabajo. El Informe de la Agencia Europea para la Seguridad y la Salud en el Trabajo, “LAS CUESTIONES DE GÉNERO EN RELACIÓN CON LA SEGURIDAD Y LA SALUD EN EL TRABAJO”, proporciona información reciente sobre los riesgos para las mujeres trabajadoras y su prevención, y cómo adoptar un enfoque “sensible al género”.

 

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European Week seeks Safe Start at work for young people - Oct 23, 2006

The European Week for Safety and Health at Work takes place from 23 – 27 October 2006 with the aim of ensuring that young people have a Safe Start to their working lives.

 

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Jukka Takala, nuevo director de la Agencia Europea para la Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo, solicita el apoyo de la sociedad para que los jóvenes crezcan en un entorno laboral seguro - Oct 09, 2006

Jukka Takala, nuevo director de la Agencia Europea para la Seguridad y Salud en el Trabajo, ha declarado hoy ante los medios, en su primera visita a Madrid, que «la Agencia tiene un importante papel que desempeñar en la mejora del nivel de seguridad y salud de los puestos de trabajo en la Unión Europea. Estoy deseoso de ponerme manos a la obra con los compañeros de Bilbao, las instituciones europeas, los agentes sociales y los Estados miembros - y muy especialmente con España, nuestro país anfitrión, para colaborar en la futura estrategia comunitaria para alcanzar este objetivo.» Y añadió,

 

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Interview with Jukka Takala - Oct 05, 2006

Jukka Takala succeeded Hans-Horst Konkolewsky as director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work at the end of September. Dr Takala, who has worked in the safety and health field for almost three decades, joined the Agency from the International Labour Organisation where he was director of the Programme on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment (SafeWork). ‘I’m really pleased to be living in Bilbao. It will be a big change after living for more than 20 years in Geneva but my first impressions are really positive,’ says Dr Takala. ‘As well as the

 

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Jukka Takala joins Agency as new director - Sep 18, 2006

Today, Jukka Takala starts work as the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s new director. Dr Takala has worked in the safety and health field for three decades.

 

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New safety and health campaign targets small businesses in EU 10, Bulgaria and Romania - Sep 04, 2006

The way to a more productive and successful business is a safe and healthy workplace. The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work launches ‘The Healthy Workplace Initiative’ (HWI) to provide both employers and employees with easy access to information about how to improve their business environment by becoming healthier and more productive. In a series of 36 seminars across the 12 participating countries and a practical guide to risk assessment the Agency addresses the specific needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

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Arrangement with PAHO to strengthen European Agency’s contribution to improve safety and health at work in the Americas - Jul 06, 2006

Today, Dr Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, signed a cooperation arrangement on the exchange of information on workers’ health. A joint website will offer comprehensive occupational safety and health information and PAHO will serve as a virtual focal point for these issues in the Americas.

 

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'Safe Start' campaign to protect young workers - Jun 20, 2006

Too many young people are getting hurt at work

 

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Governing board appoints Jukka Takala as next Agency director - May 04, 2006

The governing board of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has appointed Jukka Takala as the Agency’s next director.

 

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EU's occupational safety and health network celebrates 10 years - Mar 20, 2006

Bilbao-based European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and its network of focal points and international partners hold an international conference today to mark their 10th anniversary and discuss challenges for the safety and health in Europe's 21 million workplaces.

 

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New website helps EU farmers work in safety - Mar 02, 2006

Despite decreasing numbers of people employed in agriculture across Europe, farming continues to have some of the highest accident rates for any industry

 

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Grab your camera…Calling all young film and video makers! - Feb 16, 2006

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work invites entries for the first 'Safe Start …European Young Film Maker of the Year' video competition

 

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Good practice awards ensure safe start for young people - Feb 13, 2006

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work invites nominations for the seventh European Good Practice Awards in occupational health and safety

 

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EU and Korea pool their expertise on occupational safety and health - Feb 07, 2006

Korea Occupational Safety & Health Agency (KOSHA) and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in Bilbao (Spain) have today launched a new joint OSH website.

 

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More challenges for occupational safety and health in the future, EU experts warn - Jan 27, 2006

Current trends in society and work organisation are creating new risks and putting new demands on occupational safety and health research

 

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New chairperson confirms Agency's plans for 2006 to target young people at work - Dec 14, 2005

Meeting in Bilbao on 13 December 2005, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s Governing Board has elected Dr Bertil Remaeus as its new chairperson, and approved the Agency’s work programme for 2006.

 

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EU safety and health portal receives International Information Industry Award - Dec 13, 2005

Global safety and health portal set up by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has received the International Information Industry Award 2005.

 

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European Noise at Work Summit spotlights the new EU directive on noise and awards Europe’s best noise prevention cases - Dec 12, 2005

EU policymakers, social partners and leading safety and health experts meet on 12 December 2005 in Bilbao, Spain, to see how better protect European workers from noise and to award those organisations that have already managed to implement effective solutions. As many as 60 million workers in the EU are considered to be exposed to excessive noise during their working hours.

 

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EU experts forecast changes in occupational risks - Dec 09, 2005

Changes in society, work organisation and production methods are leading to new types and new combinations of occupational risks which demand new solutions, concludes a recent survey

 

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EU prepares for a year-long campaign to protect young workers - Dec 05, 2005

An EU-wide campaign will start next year to address the safety of young people at work as according to European statistics they run a 50% higher risk of work accidents than other workers

 

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High safety and health standards benefit SMEs - Nov 18, 2005

A safe working environment is good business. It is not only essential for the well-being of employees, but also for ensuring that enterprises are successful and sustainable, and that economies thrive in the long term. Set up by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in partnership with the network of Euro Info Centres, a new website explains why occupational safety and health is good business, and how to put it into practice.

 

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'Stop that Noise!' week across Europe turns spotlight on 60 million EU workers exposed to noise - Oct 20, 2005

The campaign marks the final run-up to the entry into force of a new EU directive aimed at containing the alarmingly heavy human and financial toll of workplace noise

 

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EU prepares for better protection of 60 million workers exposed to noise - Oct 05, 2005

In the run-up to the final date for the entry into force of the new European directive on noise at work in February 2006, experts from across Europe explain how to contain workplace noise and prevent resulting health problems

 

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EU announces the launch of a global OSH information portal at World Congress on Health and Safety at Work - Sep 20, 2005

The new online information portal is operated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and is based on the most advanced Internet technology. “Our new website is the first global portal to occupational safety and health information for people involved in risk prevention at work", said Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in his address to the World Congress on Health and Safety at Work in Orlando. "Today's global economy requires global cooperation. We expect the joint website to facilitate exchange of know-how between OSH experts and practitioners from around

 

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EU launches new global safety and health portal - Sep 14, 2005

The new online information portal is operated by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and is based on the most advanced Internet technology.

 

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EU strengthens its transatlantic cooperation on work safety - Jul 08, 2005

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and the USA's National Institute for Occupational Safety pool their online resources in a joint website expected to facilitate knowledge transfer between researchers and practitioners on both continents.

 

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Work safety in an enlarged Europe - Jun 15, 2005

'The enlargement has provided us with a much larger pool of experience and expertise to share among Member States', say Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, the Agency's Director, and Luis Lopes, the Chairperson of the Agency's Administrative Board, in the report's opening statement.

 

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EUROPEAN UNION SAYS “STOP THAT NOISE!” - Apr 20, 2005

A Europe-wide campaign is launched today, on International Noise Awareness Day, to tackle one of Europe’s most persistent workplace health problems - noise at work

 

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Advance notice on the European Week - 2005 STOP THAT NOISE! - campaign - Apr 11, 2005

Dear Member of the Press,

 

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Good Practice Awards 2005 - reducing risks from workplace noise - Apr 05, 2005

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has invited nominations for the sixth European Good Practice Awards. The 2005 award scheme will recognise companies or organisations that have made outstanding and innovative contributions to the prevention of risks from noise at work, this year's central theme of the Agency-run annual safety and health awareness campaign.

 

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The business case of safe and healthy work - Jan 21, 2005

An analysis of a cross-section of Europe’s leading proponents of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has highlighted the key ingredients of an effective CSR strategy, including 10 occupational safety and health (OSH) issues that need to be taken into account.

 

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Cutting health and safety risks in small businesses - Dec 15, 2004

A new Agency report, Promoting health and safety in European small and medium-sized enterprises: SME Funding Scheme 2002-2003, describes how a relatively small European funding scheme has helped over fifty projects to improve health and safety in SMEs.

 

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The European Union and Japan have taken an important step towards co-operation on occupational safety and health (OSH) information - Dec 09, 2004

The Japan International Center for Occupational Safety and Health (JICOSH), a division of the Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA), and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in Bilbao (Spain) have today launched a new joint OSH website. 

 

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Promoting better jobs for workers with disabilities - Dec 03, 2004

The Agency has produced a new factsheet on the workplace safety of people with disabilities. It looks at a key area concerning the employment of workers with disabilities - how to ensure safety and health, while avoiding discrimination.

 

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New chairperson announces Agency plans to tackle noise at work - Nov 23, 2004

Luis Lopes is the Portuguese workers’ representative on the Bureau of the Agency’s Board. He takes over from Christa Schweng, Austrian employers’ representative. It is Mr Lopes’ second term of office having previously held the position in 2002.

 

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Winners of Good Practice Awards for innovative solutions for improving health and safety in Europe’s construction industry - Nov 23, 2004

A highly effective safety and health management system in Denmark, which has kept accidents down during the construction of a new multimedia house for Danmarks Radio (DR), is one of five initiatives that has won a prestigious Good Practice Award for improving health and safety in Europe’s construction industry.

 

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Leading construction bodies sign landmark declaration to improve the industry’s health and safety standards. - Nov 22, 2004

Signed version of the Bilbao Declaration available in PDF format.

 

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Better planning could save 300 lives and avoid up to 500,000 accidents in Europe’s construction sector each year - Oct 27, 2004

Up to 60% of the accidents on Europe’s construction sites and over 25% of the fatalities could be avoided by more careful design, planning and procurement before construction starts, according to a new report published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

 

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Construction accident rates continue to fall but remain unacceptably high, according to Eurostat data published by the Agency - Oct 21, 2004

Accident rates in Europe’s construction industry have declined steadily and steeply since 1994 but remain unacceptably high, according to new statistics published in the latest edition of the magazine of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

 

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Advance notice of the European Construction Safety Summit - 22 November 2004 – Bilbao, Spain - Oct 14, 2004

This is why in 2004, the European Week for Safety and Health at Work, which will take place 18-22 October, is focusing on construction. Run by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in close co-operation with its focal point network in 31 countries as well as the European social partner organisations FIEC (European Construction Industry Federation) and EFBWW (European Federation of Building and Woodworkers), the campaign has been designed to help all stakeholders in the industry to build a safer, healthier and more productive working environment

 

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Agency welcomes social partner agreement on work-related stress - Oct 13, 2004

Work-related stress is Europe’s second biggest occupational health problem, after back pain, accounting for more than half of all staff absenteeism. It is against this serious background and in response to the consultation under article 138 of the Treaty launched by the European Commission, that Europe’s social partners (UNICE, ETUC, UEAPME, CEEP) have signed an agreement that provides a framework for employers and workers to identify and prevent or manage problems of work-related stress. At the same time the social partners have announced their intention to explore the possibilities of reaching a specific agreement on the equally important issues of harassment and violence at work.

 

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Start early and stay safe - Sep 28, 2004

Integrating occupational safety and health into school and university education is the key to reducing the high incidence of work-related accidents and illnesses in many EU industries, especially among young staff, claims a new report published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

 

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New advice to combat violence and other health risks in the education sector - Sep 06, 2004

New advice has been published to help teachers and other staff in Europe’s education sector minimise the risk of violence and other health hazards. According to recent studies, 4% of employees in the sector have been physically assaulted and 12% subjected to some form of intimidation, leading to increased staff turnover and absenteeism.

 

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Fishing for safety - Jul 26, 2004

The first safety and health guide targeted at captains of small fishing vessels in Europe has been published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

 

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Promoting quality of work in the European Union - Jul 14, 2004

The addition of new Web features and online publications has established the Agency as Europe’s premier online portal of occupational safety and health (OSH) information, according to the Agency’s 2003 annual report.

 

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Europe’s social partners first to sign up to ‘Building in Safety’ campaign charter - Jun 29, 2004

Europe’s social partners in the construction industry, FIEC and EFBWW, representing over 80 unions and federations across the continent, have signed the new ‘Building in Safety’ campaign charter, launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

 

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European Week for Safety and Health at Work 2004 - Apr 30, 2004

Higher safety and health standards in Europe’s construction industry could save up to 1,300 lives each year and avoid 850,000 serious injuries, according to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work at today’s launch of its major campaign.

 

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Successful prevention of risks during construction - Good Practice Awards 2004 - Apr 19, 2004

The Agency has invited nominations for the fifth European Good Practice Awards in occupational safety and health. The 2004 award scheme will recognise companies or organisations that have made outstanding and innovative contributions to the prevention of risks from construction and building activities.

 

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Getting the safety and health message across in an enlarged social Europe - Mar 25, 2004

As Europe gears up for enlargement on 1 May 2004, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has added nine languages to the interface of its corporate website (http://agency.osha.europa.eu).

 

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Safe and healthy work at the heart of an enlarged social Europe - Mar 09, 2004

Raising the standards of safety and health at work is a key element of Europe’s unique Social Model,’ says Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Director of the Agency. ‘Slovenia has already transposed the EU’s comprehensive safety and health directives into national legislation. The main challenge now is to ensure that these legal standards are converted into real improvements in working conditions. The Agency is looking forward to support this process and in partnership with its Slovenian network partners to develop safe, healthy and productive workplaces across an enlarged Europe.’

 

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European Agency and the Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association agree to join forces to improve safety and health at work - Mar 05, 2004

The Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association (JISHA) is set to become the latest member of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s online information network (http://osha.europa.eu).

 

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20,000 subscribers for OSHmail - Feb 25, 2004

20,000 web users worldwide are now subscribing to OSHmail the electronic newsletter of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. The newsletter which is published in 5 languages on a biweekly basis has seen a 25% increase in subscribers in the last year.

 

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Safety and health risks of women at work tend to be underestimated and neglected - Jan 22, 2004

A new Agency report Gender issues in safety and health - A review examines gender differences in workplace injury and illness, gaps in knowledge and the implications for improving risk prevention. It shows how the design of work, its organisation and equipment are often based on the model of the ‘average’ man, although the principle of matching work to workers is enshrined in EU legislation.

 

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New chairperson announces Agency plans to target safety in Europe’s construction sector - Dec 17, 2003

Meeting in Bilbao on 25 and 26 November 2003, the Administrative Board of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has elected Ms Christa Schweng as its new chairperson and approved the Agency’s work programme for 2004.

 

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European Union committed to promoting the safe use of dangerous substances - Nov 27, 2003

Pictures from the Colloquium

 

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Reducing the risks of working with dangerous substances - Nov 24, 2003

Pictures from the Closing Event

 

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European Agency and Organization of American States (OAS) agree to join forces to improve safety and health at work - Nov 20, 2003

Efforts to improve the safety and health conditions of over 200 million workers in Latin America and the Caribbean have taken a major step forward with the agreement of the OAS’ Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) to join the Agency’s online information network.

 

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European conference on how to reduce the risks of working with dangerous substances - Nov 18, 2003

Dangerous substances can be found in nearly all workplaces – from farms and factories to hairdressers and hospitals. Skin complaints, lung disorders and cancers are just some of the risks. Global production of chemicals is now running at 400 million tonnes each year and there are 100,000 different substances registered for sale in the European Union. These staggering figures will provide the backdrop for the deliberations of policy-makers, health and safety experts, academics, business representatives and trade unionists, who will gather in Bilbao, Spain, to focus on the theme of reducing the risks of working with dangerous substances.

 

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Agency launches online guide to safer working with dangerous substances - Oct 22, 2003

The European Agency has launched a new online safety and health guide on dangerous substances as support for the European Week for Safety and Health at Work.

 

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Agency launches online safety and health guide for Europe’s small and medium businesses - Oct 01, 2003

The European Agency has launched a new online guide of occupational safety and health advice for Europe’s 19 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

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Small, safe and productive - how to strengthen the prevention culture in Europe´s SMEs - Sep 30, 2003

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), employing about two thirds of the entire working population of Europe, pose the biggest work safety challenge for the EU, according to the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.

 

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Agency launches new web feature to support European Year of People with Disabilities - Aug 05, 2003

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has launched a special web feature to support the European Year of People with Disabilities. It provides practical information about making work adjustments, adaptations, technological assistance and other measures to facilitate the integration and retention in employment of people with disabilities.

 

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Press Article - Jun 11, 2003

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Getting the ‘work safety’ message to Europe’s SMEs - Jun 03, 2003

The first safety and health-funding scheme aimed at Europe’s SMEs, initiated by the European Parliament and the European Commission, has produced a total of 51 innovative accident prevention projects across the industries and countries of the European Union. The SME Funding Scheme, which focuses on the need to promote enhanced work safety standards in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), is managed by the Bilbao-based European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

 

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Press launch of European Week 2003 on Dangerous Substances - May 15, 2003

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Pictures from European Week Launch - May 14, 2003

These photos are copyright free, but must be credited "Photo European Agency for Safety and Health at Work".   You can view a larger image by clicking on the picture      Download high quality versions of these pictures in the following formats:  Picture 1: JPG300 – JPG150      Download high quality versions of these pictures in the following formats:  Picture 2: JPG300 – JPG150    From left to right:  Mrs Anna Diamantopoulou, European Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work Mr Peter Skinner, MEP    

 

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First pan-European campaign to combat risks of dangerous substances at work - May 13, 2003

One fifth of EU employees - 32 million people - are exposed to carcinogenic agents; 22% of workers inhale fumes and vapours for at least a quarter of their working time; Two-thirds of the 30,000 most commonly used chemicals in the EU have not been subjected to full and systematic toxicological tests; For substances with known toxicological risks, as few as 12% of firms comply with risk prevention regulations. The first pan-European campaign to reduce the risks of chemicals, biological agents and other dangerous substances at work - hazards that affect around a quarter of the EU's 150 million

 

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First pan-European campaign to combat risks of dangerous substances at work - May 13, 2003

One fifth of EU employees - 32 million people - are exposed to carcinogenic agents; 22% of workers inhale fumes and vapours for at least a quarter of their working time; Two-thirds of the 30,000 most commonly used chemicals in the EU have not been subjected to full and systematic toxicological tests; For substances with known toxicological risks, as few as 12% of firms comply with risk prevention regulations. The first pan-European campaign to reduce the risks of chemicals, biological agents and other dangerous substances at work - hazards that affect around a quarter of the EU's 150 million

 

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Press Pack - May 12, 2003

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Call for nominations for 4th European good practice awards 2003 - May 05, 2003

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work invites nominations for the fourth European Good Practice Awards in occupational health and safety. The 2003 award scheme will recognise companies or organisations that have made outstanding and innovative contributions to the prevention of risks from dangerous substances at work, within enterprises. This includes prevention of risks from both chemical and biological substances.     The awards will provide the winners with European recognition for their role in improving working conditions in Europe. In addition:   Awarded enterprises/organisations will be invited to the closing event and award ceremony of the

 

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Agency targets €4,000,000 at improving safety and health in small businesses - Apr 04, 2003

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has launched a call for project proposals as part of a €4 million funding scheme to encourage higher safety and health standards in Europe’s small and medium-sized enterprises.  The Agency will provide some 40 grants of between €25,000 and €200,000 to co-finance national and transnational/European projects that promote the development and exchange of effective good practice amongst SMEs. Applications for co-funding can either be submitted by small businesses themselves or be aimed at SMEs’ specific needs in one of three categories:  training activities; information and communication on risks and prevention;

 

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Agency launches online guide to safer work in Europe’s health care sector - Feb 28, 2003

The European Agency has launched a new online guide to occupational health and safety advice for the health care sector as part of a major redesign of its network of information websites.    According to the most recent European research, the work-related accident rate in the health care sector is 34% higher than the EU average. In addition, the sector has the second highest incidence rate of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, after construction. And with one in ten of EU workers working in the sector, health care is also one of Europe’s biggest employment sectors, covering a vast range of

 

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EU committed to meeting safety and health challenges of enlargement - Feb 19, 2003

Representatives of EU and candidate countries’ government and social partners met in Bilbao to discuss health and safety in an enlarged Europe. The seminar, organised jointly by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, the European Commission and the Greek Presidency of the EU, was the first tripartite meeting where candidate countries met with their EU counterparts to debate the implications of enlargement for the new Community strategy on health and safety at work and for the activities of the European Agency.     The purpose of the strategy, adopted by the Commission in 2002, is to

 

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Important funding opportunities for occupational safety and health research - Jan 22, 2003

The Bilbao-based European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has published an on-line guide for researchers. It provides information about important funding opportunities for occupational safety and health research in the recently launched sixth EU Research Framework Programme (FP6).     With €17.5 billion of funding on offer over the next four years, FP6 accounts for 5.4% of all public, non-defence related, research spending in Europe. The Agency hopes to stimulate funding applications for research that could improve Europe’s working environment and competitiveness.    Written for occupational safety and health (OSH) researchers, the guide provides an easy-to-navigate road

 

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New chairperson announces Agency plans to target ‘Dangerous Substances’ - Nov 30, 2002

Dr Bertil Remaeus is the Swedish government representative and leader of the goverment group on the Agency’s Board. He takes over from Mr Luis Lopes, the Portuguese workers’ representative.   Commenting on his appointment, Dr Remaeus said: “I am very proud to have been entrusted with this responsibility by my colleagues on the Board. The recent publication of the first European Community Strategy on Health and Safety at Work in over a decade makes this a particularly exciting time to take over the reins. The Agency’s work programme for 2003, which the Board has just agreed, marks a significant

 

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European social partners committed to solving stress problems at work - Nov 29, 2002

Work-related stress is Europe’s second biggest occupational health problem, after back pain, affecting over 40 million people a year in the EU and accounting for more than half of all staff absenteeism.     As part of a Europe-wide campaign to tackle this problem, the Danish Presidency of the European Union and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work organised a major European conference, Preventing Pychosocial Risks at Work: European perspectives in Bilbao, Spain, on Monday 25th November 2002.    The conference offered a platform for more than 300 experts, practitioners and decision makers to exchange know-how

 

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Stress at work must and can be prevented - Nov 25, 2002

Embargoed until 12.45hrs GMT + 01.00 Monday 25th November 2002 Twenty companies from across Europe will receive awards in recognition of their innovative approaches to preventing workplace psychosocial risks and stress at an awards ceremony to be held in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao on Monday 25th November 2002.   Award-winning schemes include:  A low-cost project using risk management that prevented potential stress arising from a plant-commissioning project (BP Scotland); A scheme to prevent post-traumatic stress for air-traffic controllers (Nav Portugal); A Dutch hospital’s programme for a safer hospital that resulted in a 30% decrease in physical violence (the

 

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European conference to tackle stress at work - Nov 13, 2002

Nearly one in three of Europe's workers, or more than 40 million people, report that they are affected by stress at work and it is estimated that stress is responsible for more than 50% of lost working days in the European Union. These staggering figures will provide the backdrop for the deliberations of policy-makers, health and safety experts, academics, business representatives and trade unionists, who will gather in Bilbao, Spain, to focus on the theme of work-related psychosocial risks.     The conference is jointly organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and the Danish

 

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OSHmail - Occupational Safety and Health News on-line - Sep 25, 2002

Following on from the results of a recent user survey, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has redesigned its electronic newsletter – OSHmail which gives updates on European and international news on occupational safety and health to over 14,000 subscribers.     Responding to requests for more regular information updates – OSHmail, will now be published on a biweekly instead of a bimonthly basis. Other elements of the redesign specifically tailored to user demands include:   New layout incorporating improved navigation tools: i.e. extra shortcut buttons to facilitate access to relevant areas of the Agency website

 

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Start young - stay safe - Sep 13, 2002

The European Agency has launched a new web feature to support the integration of health and safety into education and training at all levels     Statistics have revealed that younger workers have a 40 % higher risk to suffer a work-related accident as compared with other workers. Integrating or 'mainstreaming' OSH into education forms a key part of developing a preventive culture by teaching children and young adults to live and work safely.     Speaking about the launch of the web feature, Agency Director, Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, said: “The Agency is keen to promote mainstreaming OSH into all

 

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New tools to improve occupational safety and health and to increase the competitiveness of your business - Sep 10, 2002

A new, practical tool to help businesses evaluate the true impact of workplace accidents and conduct cost-benefit analyses of preventive measures has been launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.     Currently, every year nearly 5 million employees in the EU suffer from work-related accidents involving more than three days absence from work, and a further 5,500 are killed. Besides the human suffering, these accidents have a strong economic impact on business, as 150 million workdays are lost and the insurance costs to be borne by industry add up to €20 billion.    Agency

 

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First European Week on work-related stress lifts off with new tools to tackle problem - Sep 10, 2002

The biggest ever drive to tackle work-related stress in Europe - a problem that affects 28% of employees in the EU - gets underway across the European Union and beyond in October as the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work launches the European Week on work-related stress.     Recent research has estimated that up to 40 million workers in the EU suffer from this problem, costing Member States up to €20 billion a year.     To support its campaign, the Agency has now launched a 'chill out' package of tools to help organisations, employees and

 

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Study identifies key ingredients for successful OSH management systems - Aug 05, 2002

A new study from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, entitled The use of occupational safety and health management systems in the Member States of the European Union, has identified the five building blocks for an effective occupational safety and health (OSH) management system. Illustrated by case studies, the five ingredients include:  Obtaining the support and involvement of all stakeholders: This is vital for an organisation-wide sense of accountability, responsibility and authority. Management must be fully committed to the initiative and provide the necessary resources. At the same time, employees need to participate in the programme

 

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Two new publications highlight occupational safety and health threats posed by the ‘changing world of work’ - Jul 30, 2002

Decentralisation, teleworking and other trends in work, including the growing use of short-term employment contracts, could increase accident rates and other occupational safety and health (OSH) problems, according to two new reports from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work .     In one publication The Changing world of work: trends and implications for occupational safety and health in the European Union, the Agency identifies five key developments in work and their possible OSH impacts:   The emergence of new types of employers: The growth in the number of small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which have

 

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Candidate Countries join EU safety and health information network - Jul 02, 2002

Eight Candidate Countries have teamed up with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work to launch joint occupational safety and health websites. The launch of the new sites in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, and Slovenia marks a milestone in the implementation of the Agency’s strategy to integrate all 13 EU Candidate Countries into its information network.     According to recent European research, 40% of workers in the EU Candidate Countries believe that work is putting their health and safety at risk, compared to less than 30% of their EU counterparts [ 1]. To

 

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First pan-European campaign to combat work-related stress - Jul 02, 2002

28% of employees in the EU report they are affected by work-related stress; Women appear to suffer slightly more than men; Common causes include lack of job security and control and work overload; Over 50% of absenteeism has its roots in work-related stress; The problem is thought to cost the EU at least €20 billion a year in lost time and health costs. A major campaign to combat work-related stress - the second biggest occupational health problem in the European Union after back pain – is to be launched by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

 

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Agency launches global gateway to safety and health at work - May 28, 2002

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has launched a new electronic gateway to global occupational safety and health (OSH) information and expertise ( http://global.osha.europa.eu).    This latest addition to the Agency’s electronic information services follows last week’s launch of a new corporate site and provides instant access to a global network of safety and health websites. The sites all share a common structure making it easy to navigate between information on legislation and regulations, good safety and health practice, research, statistics, training and other fields.    Also launched today is a joint European Union -World Health

 

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Occupational safety and health on-line - May 23, 2002

The European Agency has launched a new corporate website ( http://agency.osha.europa.eu) with an interface in all 11 official EU languages and a host of new features.     With a fresh new look and improved navigation, the site provides free access to the Agency’s growing portfolio of publications and information services on safety and health at work as well as to a unique global network of safety and health websites.     New features include:  a regular on-line news service with the latest safety and health news; one-click shortcuts to our global network, discussion forums and information on key

 

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€4,000,000 to improve safety and health in small businesses - Apr 18, 2002

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has launched a call for project proposals as part of a €4 million funding scheme to encourage higher safety and health standards in Europe’s small and medium-sized enterprises.     The Agency will provide some 40 grants of between €25,000 and €200,000 to co-finance national and transnational / European projects that promote the development and exchange of effective good practice amongst SMEs. Applications for co-funding can either be submitted by small businesses themselves or be aimed at SMEs’ specific needs in one of three categories:   training activities; information and

 

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EU funding scheme targets safety and health risks in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) - Mar 15, 2002

Europe's small and medium-sized enterprises are key drivers of economic growth and job creation. They employ more than 65% of the EU's workforce and account for over 99% of the EU's 18 million enterprises, outside the agricultural sector. However, due to a lack of financial and organisational resources, many SMEs have only limited occupational health and safety knowledge and capacity.    That is why the Bilbao-based European Agency for Safety and Health at Work is organising a second SME funding scheme focused on reducing safety and health risks in Europe's SMEs. Details of the new funding scheme will be

 

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Start young - stay safe. Safety and health education needs to begin at school - Mar 05, 2002

"Start young - stay safe". Safety and health education needs to begin at school We need to teach children to live and work safely. This was the key conclusion of a European seminar on occupational safety and health and education, held in Bilbao on 4-5 March 2002.    The world can be a dangerous place - and it's never too soon to get that message across, even to very young children. It's also a process that should continue throughout their schooldays and beyond. Starting young means that children are more likely to be able to tackle safety and health risks

 

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ILO and EU co-operate in creating Web-based information system on occupational health and safety - Feb 06, 2002

The European Union and the International Labour Organization have taken an important step towards co-operation on occupational safety and health (OSH) information. The International Labour Office (ILO) and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in Bilbao (Spain) have today launched a new joint OSH web-site.    The site follows the structure and presentation of the Agency's web-site network and is a major contribution to the creation of a global portal for workplace safety and health information. As well as linking directly to EU information, the site is a rich source of information from the ILO on

 

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Report on economic importance of health and safety measures - Mar 22, 1999

A new report from the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work in Bilbao gives the first comprehensive overview of how economic instruments can improve occupational safety and health (OSH) in the Member States of the European Union. Mr Padraig Flynn, Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, stated that the report will provide a better appreciation of how economic considerations are taken into account in the development of policy on health and safety in the Member States. "I am convinced that the case for better health and safety standards in the workplace will be strengthened if policy makers

 

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World’s biggest workplace health and safety campaign goes from strength to strength - Dec 07, 2009

What is now the world’s biggest workplace health and safety campaign – the Healthy Workplaces Campaign, organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work – has reached more people than ever before, as the Agency works to keep European workers safe.