Protecting the interests of all workers, regardless of age, is particularly important in the context of the European Pillar of Social Rights, which aims to deliver rights such as equal opportunities and fair working conditions; for example, one of its 20 principles is ‘Workers have the right to a working environment adapted to their professional needs and which enables them to prolong their partici
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The EU’s population and workforce are ageing. This has implications for employment, working conditions, living standards and welfare. How should we respond to these challenges? A new report, coordinated by EU-OSHA, shows how information from four agencies can support policy-making that is both complementary and greater than the sum of its parts. The report draws on the agencies’ expertise in each of their areas and covers the different challenges associated with the ageing workforce and considers innovative solutions.
In the run-up to the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April, the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards ceremony is held in Valletta, Malta. Organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the awards showcase successful interventions by European organisations to make their workplaces safer and healthier for workers of all ages — and therefore more productive.
As part of EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces for All Ages Campaign, the Good Practice Awards ceremony is co-hosted by the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU in Valletta on 26 April 2017. The awarded and commended examples of good practice show the benefits that can be achieved by organisations that recognise the potential for keeping employees healthy throughout their working careers.
The Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards focus on companies and organisations that are committed to using effective methods to promote sustainable work.
Campaign partner SAP has received the award for the initiative ‘Run Your Health’ that empowers employees of all ages to take action for their health.
The Healthy Workplaces Campaign partner event and exchange of good practices in occupational safety and health (OSH) takes place in Brussels on 22 and 23 March 2017. The event includes the ceremony of the ‘Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards for official campaign partners’, together with Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility.
An international conference looking at the challenges of Europe’s ageing workforce takes place on 14 March in Florence, Italy.
The event provides a platform to discuss models of integration of older workers necessary to achieve a sustainable working life and an active ageing in good health in today’s rapidly changing, technology-driven world of work.
EU-OSHA Director Christa Sedlatschek takes part in the conference with the presentation ‘Toward an active working society: a European global perspective”.
The project ‘Safer and healthier work at any age’ explores demographic trends, challenges, and existing strategies and policies for safe and healthy ageing at work. The findings are now available online and can be easily accessed through a user-friendly, interactive visualisation tool.
As the first year of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2016–17 ends, we would like to thank all our campaign partners and stakeholders for their tremendous support. Their commitment is what makes our campaigns so successful.
We wish you all happy holidays and look forward to another year of working together to ensure that we all age safely and healthily!
European workers are ageing and efficient age management in the workplace is key to ensure safe and healthy conditions throughout the working life.
As part of the current Healthy Workplaces for All Ages campaign, a handy infographic is now published. It illustrates the landscape of the European ageing workforce and displays the main elements of successful age management. The infographic brings up the need of balancing personal resources and work-related factors, as well as adjusting the work environment to the changing capacities of workers.
One hundred official campaign partners from pan-European organisations and multinational companies and over 30 media partners now support EU-OSHA to promote the proactive management of safety and health at work for an ageing workforce. This active support and commitment confirms their belief that safe and healthy workplaces are integral to continued economic success and a sustainable future.
To Be a Teacher (Zwischen den Stühlen), directed by Jakob Schmidt of Germany, has won this year’s Healthy Workplaces Film Award. The award, supported by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), is presented for the best film on a subject related to work at the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig). The film highlights the challenging working conditions of young teachers.