Factsheet 29 - Safety and Health Good Practice on-line for the Healthcare Sector


Approximately 10 % of workers in the European Union are employed in the health and welfare sector, with a significant proportion employed in hospitals. This makes healthcare one of the biggest employment sectors in Europe, covering a vast range of different jobs. Women represent around 77 % of the workforce. According to European data the work-related accident rate in the healthcare sector is 34 % higher than the EU average. In addition the sector has the second highest incidence rate of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), after construction (1). This fact sheet provides a basic introduction to occupational safety and health in the healthcare sector and how to find information for the sector on the Agency’s web site.

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