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Mar 30, 2015
Dr Christa Sedlatschek
ICOH - 31st International Congress on Occupational Health

The 31st International Congress on Occupational Health will be held in Seoul from 31 May to 5 June 2015.  Organized as the triennial congress of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), will be an important milestone in meeting challenges, protecting and promoting the health of workers at the time of rapid changes in work life and working conditions in globalizing economy.

EU-OSHA will have a stand in the Exhibition area to promote key projects, such as OiRA, OSHwiki and Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign. Director Christa Sedlatschek will take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Congress and the Asian Policy Forum to strengthen international collaboration in occupational safety and health. 

More information on the event

On-line registration available now

Mar 27, 2015
Have you met Napo yet?

Napo is a cartoon character representing an employee in any sector, in any country, and in any language. His video clips show how in his daily working life, he comes up against the same problems that many other workers across Europe face, including psychosocial risks and workplace stress. The videos can be used in a variety of contexts to present ‘Safety with a Smile’!

Vacancy notice - ICT OFFICER

The Agency is organizing a selection procedure with a view to establishing a reserve list and recruiting a long-term Contract Agent (FG III) to work within the ICT Section of the Communication and Promotion Unit in the following position:

EUOSHA/CA/15/02 - ICT OFFICER (FGIII) Long-term contract (three-year renewable contract subject to a probationary period of 9 months)

Find out more about the vacancy

Director of European Commission’s DG Employment visits EU-OSHA


Michel Servoz, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, visited EU-OSHA on 16 March 2015. EU-OSHA’s main projects and activities were reviewed and discussed in a meeting Mr Servoz held with Director Christa Sedlatschek and the management. He then addressed all EU-OSHA staff and joined the Governing Board meeting the following day to present the objectives of the new Commission and the Directorate General for the coming years on occupational safety and health issues.

Current EU policy is outlined in the EU Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Strategic Framework 2014-2020. EU-OSHA’s multiannual strategic programme for 2014–20, highlights priority areas and gives a clear view of how best to promote workplace safety and health in a difficult business environment.

You can see the pictures of Mr. Servoz´s visit in our Flickr account

And find more information:

EU Occupational Safety and Health Strategic Framework 2014-2020
EU-OSHA’s multiannual strategic programme 2014-2020

Mar 24, 2015
Benchmarking and exchange of good practices in OSH – summary now available

A conference summary is now available for the ‘Benchmarking and exchange of good practices in OSH’ event, an opportunity for companies to compare knowledge in health and safety practices. The four workshops that were held include: learning from accidents, OSH leadership, safety and health culture, and OSH performance indicators.

Mar 23, 2015
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Every month, OSHmail delivers the latest news, events and developments in occupational safety and health from around the world.

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Mar 20, 2015
Governing Board
World Cancer Day: EU-OSHA report investigates identification and prevention of work-related cancer

The report evaluates current assessment methods and highlights gaps in our present knowledge of occupational cancer risk factors and work-related cancer. It also provides recommendations on how we can fill these gaps to help us move closer to preventive measures.
World Cancer Day 2015 (4 February) is focused on raising awareness of detection, treatment and care. This report is a step towards improving both awareness and knowledge of occupational cancer.


First findings from our second Europe-wide survey of enterprises

A selection of the main findings from ESENER-2, the second edition of EU-OSHA’s flagship European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks, is now available.
Almost 50,000 businesses across Europe were surveyed on aspects of occupational safety and health (OSH), focusing on psychosocial risks and OSH management.
Respondents answered questions on the major risk factors in their enterprises and reported on how and why they manage them, as well as identifying barriers to prevention.

Download the first findings from ESENER-2 (in English)

‘Psychosocial risks in Europe: Prevalence and strategies for prevention’ – Summary available in 25 languages

This executive summary is based on a joint report on psychosocial risks at work from EU-OSHA and Eurofound, targeting policy-makers and advisers, OSH professionals, and employers’ and workers’ representatives.
The report gives a broad overview on psychosocial risks at European workplaces and gives examples on the way forward at political as well as company level —all illustrated with real-life examples and case studies.

Read the summary (available in 25 languages)
Read the full report (in English)
Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress

EU-OSHA’s corporate video and brochure – now available in 25 languages

Making Europe а safer, healthier and more productive place to work: EU-OSHA’s priority areas for 2014 - 2020 are explained in its corporate video and brochure.

The six key areas are: anticipating change and new and emerging risks, facts and figures, developing tools for good OSH management, raising awareness, networking knowledge, and networking at both strategic and operational level.

View our new corporate video
EU-OSHA Corporate Brochure 2014: Making Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work

Mar 18, 2015
Calls for proposals published by DG Employment

Beginning of March DG Employment published two new calls for proposals. One addressed to sectoral social dialogue and one focusing on support for workers' organisations. Both include health and safety at work as a possible area for activities.

See here for more information

Consult our OiRA funding guide for getting advice on successful applications

Conclusions of the 3rd Greek Occupational Health and Safety Conference

Held in Athens on February 26th 2015, the Conference brought together representatives from many companies and organisations such as Greek Institute of Health and Safety at work, Nestle, Coca Cola, Unilever, Athenian Brewery and Hellenic Quality Foods.

The meeting, organized in four sections, covered the following occupational safety and health main topics:

  • Towards a healthier, safer and more productive working environment.
  • Recommended practices for "zero" working accidents and minimization of diseases.
  • Risk assessment, formulating safe and hygienic working environments with the participation of all concerned. Training and the creation of a "prevention" culture.
  • Challenges and opportunities for OHS in today's continuously changing working environments.

Conclusions of the Conference available here

Mar 17, 2015
BMBF-Fachtagung „Arbeit in der digitalisierten Welt“
BMBF - German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
What are the health effects
Exposure to certain substances can have serious effects on workers’ health. Some substances, such as asbestos (which can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma), are now banned or subject to strict control. Yet many substances that are still widely used can also cause serious health problems, if the risks associated with them are not managed properly.