How does workplace digital technology affect management, jobs and OSH?

Data collected by digital devices at the workplace can be used to make increase performance and make workplaces more productive and safe. But similarly, employers might use this data to invade privacy or make unfair decisions affecting their workers.

This joint report by EU-OSHA, JRC and Eurofound shows how workplace digitalisation facilitates the emergence of data-driven management, and how this, in turn, may affect work organisation and aspects of job quality, such as occupational safety and health (OSH).

Estimates drawn from the 2019 ESENER survey suggest that the presence of technologies for data-driven management, such as wearables or others devices for worker monitoring is associated with a higher prevalence of psychosocial risks in the workplace. OSH measures to manage these risks, for example an action plan to prevent work-related stress, are also described in the report.

Read the report ‘How digital technology is reshaping the art of management’

Find more information in our thematic section on digitalisation of work and Psychosocial risks and stress at work

Open call for tenders for the Fourth European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER 2024)

EU-OSHA has recently launched a call for tender inviting bids for the preparation and implementation of the fourth European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER 2024).

The survey will be carried out in a timely manner and to the highest quality standards in order to describe workplace OSH management practices as accurately as possible and to ensure comparability of results across the countries covered.

Building on the findings of the previous waves, ESENER 2024 will enable trend analyses, with the aim of establishing itself as a long-term monitoring tool.

The deadline for submission of tenders is 19 January 2023 13:00h.

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How a strong OSH management system can create a culture of well-being in Europe’s education sector

From early education centres to universities and driving schools, the education sector can be stressful and cause a deterioration of mental and physical well-being. While education may not be considered the most ‘at risk’ occupation sector in terms of safety and health, prevention of work-related psychosocial and musculoskeletal disorders could be of significant importance. A strong occupational safety and health (OSH) management system including risk awareness and training can create a culture of positive staff well-being.

OSH Management in the Human health and social work activities - seminar report

Given the importance of the human health and social work sectors and the specific occupational safety and health (OSH) risks their workers face, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) carried out a follow-up sectoral study of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER) in 2021.

With the aim of presenting the main findings of this study, EU-OSHA also organised a expert webinar on 4 May 2022, gathering more than 60 OSH specialists, European Commission representatives, and EU social partners. How is safety and health managed in the human health sector, which are the drivers and barriers, or worker participation as a key factor for efficient OSH management, were some of the topics addressed during the workshop.

Read the summary of the seminar

Find out the report and summary Human health and social work activities – evidence from the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER)

ESENER survey highlights digital technologies and COVID-19 as new challenges to safety and health management

Digitalisation has been clearly identified an emerging occupational safety and health (OSH) issue by the 2019 European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER). But despite the increasing use of robots, laptops, smartphones or wearable devices, less than one in four workplaces (24 %) are having discussions about the potential impact of such technologies on the safety and health of workers.