Health Care

Call for participants - New study on work disability post-traumatic stress injuries

The prevalence of post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSIs) among first responder professionals is high and often leads to work disability. However, the scientific evidence about the effectiveness of PTSI interventions is still limited.

The Canadian Institute of Work and Health (IWH) is gathering field knowledge about policies, programs, and practices related to PTSIs implemented in firefighter, paramedic, and police organizations. IWH's research team is now recruiting participants from first responder services and associations — especially from outside Canada.

Find out more about the study

Email Ms. Joann Varickanickal if you want to take part

Caring for those who care - safety and health guide for health workers

Health workers are exposed to an increasing number of occupational hazards, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) published a new guide on developing and implementing stronger occupational health and safety programmes for health workers.

The guide provides an overview of the necessary elements of occupational safety and health (OSH) programmes at national, subnational, and facility levels. It also describes how to develop and implement OSH programmes with representatives of employers' and workers' organizations and other relevant stakeholders.

Read Caring for those who care: Guide for the development and implementation of occupational health and safety programmes for health workers

Find out more about OSH risks for the human health and social work sector in our latest ESENER report


ESENER shows how health and safety is managed in human health and social work

Workers in Europe’s human health and social work activities sector are exposed to varied occupational safety and health (OSH) risks. This report provides an overview of such risks and their management, of which COVID-19 and ergonomic and psychosocial factors rank high. It also covers an overview of trends over time and drivers and barriers to OSH management, as well as worker participation in OSH.

The Social Employers and EPSU release a joint Position Paper on the forthcoming European Care Strategy

The European Commission will propose a European Care strategy in 2022, addressing both carers and care receivers, from childcare to long-term care. 

In response to this welcome initiative, the Federation of European Social Employers and the European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), published a joint Position Paper calling for a Strategy that addresses and anticipates the workforce needs and challenges of the social services sector. 

Social services are experiencing some major difficulties in terms of funding, staffing levels, recruitment and retention, gender balance, and an ageing workforce. 

Read the position paper

OiRA tools for health and social care: looking after those who look after us

Taking care of others doesn’t come without risks: long and irregular working hours, psychosocial risks and fatigue can take their toll on doctors, care home workers and others working in the health care sector.

To protect these workers, ten Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) tools have been designed for the health and care sector. The tools make it easy to identify and manage hazards in doctors’ practices (Czechia, Latvia), dental surgeries (Czechia), pharmacies (Latvia), residential homes and homes for the elderly (Bulgaria, France, Croatia, Latvia), and social services (Lithuania).

More tools are under development, for medical centres and laboratories (Greece), care and residential homes and pharmacies (Spain/Catalonia), hospitals and day surgeries (Latvia), and the social sector (Portugal).

Check out all the OiRA tools for the human health and social work sector

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