In order to meet its environmental targets, the EU is set for a rapid growth of the green economy. It is therefore important to anticipate new and emerging risks to occupational safety and health (OSH) in green jobs in order to ensure that these jobs are not only good for the environment but also for workers’ safety and health. This report presents a foresight study that has identified possible future scenarios for OSH in green jobs, given developments in green technologies, under different economic and social conditions. A summary report is also available.
In 2012, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) prepared a report to define the priorities for occupational safety and health (OSH) research for 2013–2020. The aim was to provide input into the preparation of a possible European Union (EU) OSH strategy and into the EU Research Framework Programme Horizon 2020, as well as to promote OSH research coordination and funding in the EU. The report is an update of the EU-OSHA working paper ‘Priorities for occupational safety and health research in the EU-25’, published in 2005, taking into account the latest developments in scientific knowledge in the field, changes in the world of work and recent trends that have an impact on safety and health at work.
This report describes a workshop, based on the Foresight on Green Jobs project and held in Bilbao on 12 and 13 November 2013 for the EU-OSHA Focal Points. The aims of the workshop were to raise the Focal Points’ understanding of and interest in the findings of the EU-OSHA project “Foresight on New and Emerging Risks Associated with New Technologies in Green Jobs by 2020”; to demonstrate to the Focal Points the use of scenarios to support strategic discussions and their application to policy making.
In 2009 and 2010, the Agency commissioned an update to its previous research on gender issues at work , which found that inequality both inside and outside the workplace can have an effect on the health and safety of women at work. This summary provides a policy perspective and is meant to contribute to the task outlined by the European strategy on health and safety at work for EU-OSHA’s European Risk Observatory, “examining the specific challenges in terms of health and safety posed by the more extensive integration of women in the labour market”. It provides a statistical overview of the trends in employment and working conditions, hazard exposure and work-related accidents and health problems for women at work. It explores selected issues (combined exposures, occupational cancer, access to rehabilitation, women and informal work, and “emerging” female professions such as home care and domestic work). The research highlights the type of work carried out by women, issues faced by younger and older women, the growth of the service sector, violence and harassment, and increasingly diversified working time patterns as major risk factors.