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 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.
The European Social Partners in the Hairdressing Sector, namely Coiffure EU and UNI Europa Hair & Beauty, convinced of the crucial important of preserving the good health of all persons working in the hairdressing salons, negotiated a framework agreement addressing health-related aspects of working conditions.
This report describes the risks faced by hairdressers and outlines what action is being taken within the EU to both protect workers and develop an integrated approach to safety and health in this sector.
This report draws the findings from a series of cognitive face-to-face interviews conducted with both management and (where possible) employee respondents to the 2009 ESENER survey in 90 establishments in five countries: Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom. The interviews explored both (1) how respondents understood and interpreted a number of the survey questions and also (2) the interviewees’ substantive responses to the questions themselves.
This report focuses on the second point, the substantive comments made by interviewees, and covers a range of issues including the establishments’ overall approach to health and safety and the factors affecting their approach, the main health and safety concerns in the workplace, how risk assessments are carried out and the involvement of employees in the management of workplace health and safety. The reports should be read in conjunction with the full report on the survey.