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The European Agency for Safety and Health at work collects information on occupational safety and health statistics and carries out surveys and polls from across Europe. We cover areas such as accidents at work, demographic trends and work-related diseases, risk management at the workplace, people’s perceptions of Europe's working environment.

The reports produced by the Agency's European Risk Observatory analyse data from sources at national and EU level and describe the implications of these figures for occupational safety and health (see, for example, our “OSH in figures” reports).

The Agency maintains close co-operation with the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions and  Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office, in order to build up a clear picture of occupational safety and health in the EU. 

 

Statistical publications on safety and health

EU-OSHA reports provide information on specific worker groups, exposures, health outcomes, and industrial sectors, based on the collection, analysis and consolidation of existing hard data from national and international data sources.

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ESENER - European survey of enterprises on new and emerging risks

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EU-OSHA's European survey of enterprises on new and emerging risks (ESENER) explores the views of managers and workers' representatives on how health and safety risks are managed at their workplace.

From the range of workplace risks, the survey places particular focus on the growing – and relatively new - area of psychosocial risks. These risks, which are linked to the way work is designed, organised and managed, as well as to the economic and social context of work, result in an increased level of stress and can lead to serious deterioration of mental and physical health.

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Pan-European opinion poll on occupational safety and health - 2013

Opinion poll design

Universe  

Full-time, part-time and self-employed workers aged 18+ with usual country of residence and in the respective language

Sample  

Representative sample in each of the 31 participating European countries

Method of data collection  

CATI (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviews) across 26 countries. In Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Malta, Romania and Slovakia interviews were conducted face to face

Sample size  

16,622 interviews across Europe (approximately 500 per country except in Liechtenstein with 200 interviews conducted)

Fieldwork period  

23th November 2012 to 05th February 2013

 

Questionnaire overview

  1. How likely, if at all, do you think it is that there will be a higher proportion of people aged over 60 working at your own workplace in 2020
  2. On balance, do you think older workers tend to… than other workers? 
    1. Take more time off work due to illness
    2. Have more accidents at work
    3. Be less productive at work
    4. Be less able to adapt to changes at work
    5. Suffer more from work-related stress
  3. Do you think that programmes or policies should be introduced at your workplace to make it easier for workers to continue working up to or beyond retirement age if they wish to do so? 
  4. Which, if any, of the following do you think are the most common causes of work-related stress nowadays?
    1. Hours worked or workload
    2. Limited opportunity to manage own work patterns
    3. Lack of clarity on roles and responsibilities
    4. Being subject to unacceptable behaviours such as bullying or harassment
    5. Job reorganisation or job insecurity
    6. Lack of support to fulfil your role from colleagues or superiors
  5. How common, if at all, are cases of work-related stress in your workplace
  6. How well, if at all, do you think the control of work-related stress is handled in your workplace?

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  Europe (ppt)       Pan-European poll 2013 press kit

 

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Pan-European opinion poll on occupational safety and health - 2012

Opinion poll design

Universe  

Population aged 18+ with usual place of residence and in the respective language

Sample  

Representative sample in each of 36 participating European countries

Method of data collection  

CATI (Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviews) across 31 countries.
In Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Malta, Slovakia, Romania, and Turkey, interviews were conducted face to face.

Sample size  

c36,000 interviews (approximately 1,000 per country except in Lichtenstein with 200 interviews conducted)

Fieldwork period  

28th October 2011 to 17th January 2012

 

Questionnaire overview

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  Europe (ppt)       Pan-European poll 2012 press kit

 

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Pan-European opinion poll on occupational safety and health - 2009

What do Europeans think about their working conditions?

The poll provides current and reliable data on people’s perception of their working environment, such asEU poll on OSH percpetion 2009

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Other information sources on OSH statistics 

European sources

International sources

 

    1. Do you think the number of people suffering from job-related stress in [country] will increase, decrease or stay around the same over the next five years?
    2. Regarding safety and health risks at the workplace, do you consider yourself….? (Very well informed | Fairly well informed | Not very well informed | Not at all informed)
    3. Many European governments are considering or have decided to increase their retirement age because people are living for longer. In your view, how important, if at all, are good health and safety practices to help people work for longer before they retire? (Very important | Fairly important | Not very important | Not at all important)
    4. If you raised a health and safety problem in your workplace with your supervisor, how confident are you that it would be addressed? (Very confident | Fairly confident | Not very confident | Not at all confident)
    5. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statement.
      In order for [country] to be economically competitive, workplaces need to follow good health and safety practices? (Strongly agree | Tend to agree | Neither agree nor disagree | Tend to disagree | Strongly disagree)
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