Safe and healthy workplaces in Europe: where do we stand in 2023?


This policy brief summarises the main findings of the ‘Occupational safety and health in Europe: state and trends 2023’ report that examines various indicators, trends and contextual developments in occupational safety and health (OSH).

Despite the development of a comprehensive framework for managing OSH risks in EU Member States since the mid-1980s, some areas still require improvement as the decreasing rate of work accidents is offset by the rise of psychosocial and emotional stressors affecting worker wellbeing, while physical risks and ergonomic burden remain on a high and stable level.

Additionally, the use of new technologies at work, the shift of sectors and changes of the workforce, as well as globalisation demand wider and more comprehensive OSH measures to which this brief offers a set of recommendations for policymakers.

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