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May 25, 2015
Focal Points
EU-OSHA contributes to the 2015 International Congress on Occupational Health

The 31st edition of the International Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH) is held from 31st May to 5th June at the COEX Convention Center of Seoul, Republic of Korea.

The Congress is focused this year on the main theme “Global Harmony for Occupational Health: Bridge the World” with the aim of enhancing global levels of occupational safety and health by narrowing the gap between developed and developing countries.


May 21, 2015
Make everyday World no tobacco day! – EU-OSHA for smoke-free healthy workplaces

Every 31st May, World No Tobacco Day highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use and calls for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Smoking tobacco is known to be linked with respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, as well as a very significant increased risk of developing certain cancers. But second-hand smoke exposure or passive smoking is also a significant cause of disease, disability and mortality in the European Union.

Smoking bans at the workplace have been implemented in several European countries, nevertheless some employees are still exposed to environmental tobacco smoke.

From EU-OSHA we call on employers and employees to work together to eliminate environmental tobacco smoke at work. Healthy workplaces are smoke-free workplaces!

Read the practical guides for employers and employees to create smoke-free workplaces

OSHwiki article on Work-related exposure to tobacco smoke

Watch “Napo in… lungs at work”

Join the ‘Ex-smokers are unstoppable’ campaign 


May 20, 2015
EU-OSHA Focal Points: using the power of networking to promote work safety and health

EU-OSHA is a network organisation. Focal points in more than 30 European countries contribute to foster our information services and campaign activities on a national level. Their support and dedication are of key importance for encouraging and maintaining a risk prevention culture at the workplace.

Learn more about our focal points network.


28 April - A key date for safety and health at work

Join in building a Culture of Prevention on OSH is the theme of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention, according to the ILO.

May 13, 2015
EU-Worker information and consultation: Commission starts consultations with the Social Partners on consolidation of three Directives

The Commission is consulting  the EU level social partners (representatives of employers and employees) in order to obtain their views on the possible direction of European Union action aimed at strengthening the coherence and effectiveness of the existing EU legislation on worker information and consultation at national level. This legislation consists of three Directives respectively on collective redundancies, transfers of undertakings and a general framework for information and consultation of workers.

May 12, 2015
DE-REACH- Articles - Requirements for Producers, Importers and Distributors-BAuA brochure translated into EN

In the case of articles, questions arise under the REACH Regulation about how to differentiate between the term article and the terms substance and mixture. In addition, companies that produce or supply articles have obligations to inform their recipients, who can be processors, distributors, users of articles or consumers. In certain cases, they also have obligations towards the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). This brochure provides information on the various obligations of producers, importers and suppliers of articles under the REACH Regulation and provides a number of answers to the question of when an object is a substance or a mixture and when it is an article.

For more information

EU-OSHA webpages about REACH and OSH

OSHwiki article in the spotlight – Towards an occupational safety and health culture

This month’s OSHwiki article in the spotlight looks at the issue of organisational culture, which plays a vital role in occupational safety and health (OSH). As the article explains, organisational culture refers to the shared values, norms, opinions, and taboos within an organisation that influence the working processes, perceptions, and understandings of OSH risks and how they are dealt with.

Investing in the development of a corporate culture that highly values health and safety is therefore not just a matter of importance for organisations. It’s also a priority for the European Union and other international organisations, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) which has devoted the 2015 World Day for Safety and Health to this theme under the call for action “Join in building a culture of prevention on OSH”.


EU-OSHA offers online database of OSH publications free of charge

Interested in information resources on occupational safety and health? Our collection of publications ranges from in-depth research reports to topical e-facts, designed for use in the workplace. All are free to download. You can search the library by language, topic or keyword and find a great amount of multilingual publications related to OSH main sectors and themes.

Visit our Publications section now


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.

May 11, 2015
EU - ECHA workshop on the use of REACH/CLP information at industrial sites

At a workshop held in Helsinki on 16-17 April 2015 stakeholders discussed how information generated through the REACH and CLP processes can be used to promote the safe use of chemicals at industrial sites. The objectives are to explore how the data generated by REACH and CLP can support companies in complying with their obligations under other legislations, how that use of information can be improved and how to increase the awareness of industrial users of chemicals on the REACH/CLP data. A case study has been developed for a hypothetical company dealing in a line  of  business that has obligations under the legislations  considered. The process  covers surface treatment of metals (electroplating). The case study was chosen to exemplify a typical process  that  utilise  chemicals  and  where  the  learnings  can  be  applied  to  a  wide  range  of industries.

Presentations included  a perspective of the Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) CHEMEX on OSH/REACH interface issues with a focus on practical issues at the workplace by David Green (SLIC Chemex working Group)

For more information 

EU-OSHA information on REACH and CLP

Occupational Health & Safety on Secondary Education
ELINYAE - Hellenic Institute for Occupational Health & Safety
6th conference of the European Survey Research Association
ESRA - European Survey Research Association
14th European Congress of Psychology (ECP): Linking technology and psychology: feeding the mind, energy for life
INPA - Italian Network of Psychologists’ Associations EFPA - European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations
Jornadas de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales PREVUA2015: Situación de la prevención en España
Escuela Politécnica Superior (EPS) de la Universidad de Alicante