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A summary of four secondary analysis reports: Understanding workplace management of safety and health, psychosocial risks and worker participation through ESENER
Through its 36,000 interviews, ESENER collected an enormous amount of comparable data on how health and safety is managed in European workplaces. As well as the main findings, which were published in 2010, this resource permits in-depth statistical analyses to be carried out and underlying issues to be identified. To this end, four secondary analysis projects have been carried out that exploit ESENER data more fully, the results of which are presented in this summary. The four reports focus on: Management of health and safety at work; Worker representation and consultation on health and safety; Factors associated with effective management of psychosocial risks; and Management of psychosocial risks— drivers, obstacles, needs and measures taken
The second edition of EU-OSHA’s Europe-wide survey of enterprises, ESENER-2, collected responses from almost 50,000 enterprises on OSH management and workplace risks, with a particular focus on psychosocial risks, worker participation, and drivers and barriers to action.
The aim is to provide nationally comparable data to help in policy-making and assist workplaces to deal with risks more effectively.
This initial analysis presents a selection of the results.
Estimates of the recent and future burden of occupational diseases indicate that occupational cancer is still a major problem and will remain so in the future as a result of exposure of workers to carcinogens. Occupational cancer is a problem that needs to be tackled across the European Union (EU). This report provides an overview of assessment tools for the exposure to cancer risk factors and looks into relevant occupational factors: chemical, physical and biological exposures, as well as other possibly carcinogenic working environment conditions (such as shift and night work). It also examines opportunities to identify new causes or promoters of cancer, and evaluates existing sources of information, to identify major knowledge gaps and describe some new approaches needed to assess and prevent occupational cancer risks. It also describes occupational cancer prevention measures at European, national and workplace levels and makes recommendations for filling in gaps in relevant knowledge needed to prevent effectively future risks of occupational cancer.
The issue of vulnerable groups of workers (for example women, young workers, workers experiencing high exposure to carcinogens, workers in precarious conditions) is also addressed.
This summary provides a short overview of the findings and recommendations of a report on assessment methods for exposure to carcinogens and work-related cancer. A tabular overview of relevant occupational factors: chemical, physical and biological exposures, as well as other possibly carcinogenic working environment conditions (such as shift and night work), is followed by a short description of exposure assessment tools and some new approaches designed to assess and help prevent occupational cancer risks. The recommendations from the report are summarised in an overview table and make reference to examples from the national, European and workplace level.