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OSHwiki article in the spotlight: Foresight study on the circular economy and its effects on OSH

Within its foresight approach, EU-OSHA looks at changes that may take place in the future and considers what their consequences could be, with the aims of improving policy and regulation and raising awareness to reduce work-related accidents and ill health.

Within its new foresight cycle, work is focused on the circular economy (CE) and its effects on occupational safety and health (OSH), primarily within the European context.

While definitions of the CE vary across publications, this study understands CE to be 'based on pillars that question operating modes that are well-rooted in today’s economy: sustainable supply, eco-design, industrial and territorial ecology, functional economy, sustainable consumption, extended use duration and recycling’. It further assumes that CE ’is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.

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Napo plays his part in safe digitalisation  

The future is already here and workplaces are adapting to new ways of working and technologies. Napo wants this transition to be as safe and healthy as possible - taking advantages of opportunities and overcoming the challenges for a better working environment.

Automation, cooperative robots or exoskeletons can improve occupational safety and health when implemented, managed and maintained properly. A human-centred digitalisation is the clue and Napo makes this message clear to his managers and colleagues.

Improving the working conditions in platform work in the EU agenda

A set of measures to improve the working conditions in platform work and to support the sustainable growth of digital labour platforms in the EU was proposed by the European Commission.

The rules will ensure that the digital labour platforms workers can enjoy the labour rights and social benefits they are entitled to.

More than 500 digital labour platforms operate in the EU with 28 million people working for them. ‘We expect that this number will increase very rapidly and reach 43 million by 2025’, Commissioner Schmit said.

The ’self-employed’ status of most platform workers means that they are often not protected by EU or Member State OSH regulation, which has implications for the prevention and management of occupational safety and health risks.

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Read our recent publications focused on Digital platform work and occupational safety and health

Have your say on the social and labour aspects of the just transition towards climate neutrality

A call for evidence aims at collecting input from stakeholders for the Commission’s proposal for a Council Recommendation on addressing the social and labour aspects of the just transition towards climate neutrality. The initiative aims to provide guidance to EU Member States on how to address the social and labour aspects of the green transition.

EU-OSHA is actively working to highlight the occupational safety and health (OSH) challenges related to green jobs, future of agriculture and circular economy.

We strongly encourage the OSH community and interesting stakeholders to contribute to this consultation, open until 19 November 2021.

Please submit your contribution by filling in the feedback form.