Digital technologies, climate change and OSH - new language versions now online

Technological developments, accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, have radically transformed workplaces. We have just released new language versions of the discussion paper The future of working in a virtual environment and occupational safety and health. It looks at how virtual work may lead to an increase in atypical work and atypical employment, outside existing OSH regulations and social protection provisions.

Find also new language versions of the following publications:

The development of dynamic risk assessment and its implications for occupational safety and health

Agriculture and forestry: how climate change is creating new and emerging OSH risks

Can digital monitoring systems redefine workers’ safety and health?

The implementation of digital monitoring systems for occupational safety and health (OSH) like apps, cameras and wearables can make workplaces safer. Whether the objective is proactive (prevention) or reactive (mitigation), their success often hinges on the accuracy of the information they collect and analyse. It’s just as important to equip employers and workers with the information they need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages, and to facilitate a good implementation.

OSH risks! Digital platforms and teleworking during the global pandemic - New language versions available

As a consequence of the COVID-19 crisis, millions of workers across Europe and beyond have been required to stay home and work from there, making of teleworking a long-term possibility in many companies.

Teleworking has helped businesses evolve and survive the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has put workers at greater risk of musculoskeletal disorders and mental health problems.

The Telework and health risks in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic report reviews the occupational safety and health issues associated with telework, and the measures and regulations in place to prevent and manage them. Changes to legislation and initiatives adopted are examined in Regulating telework in a post-COVID-19 Europe report.

Read also Digital platform work and occupational safety and health: a review, and find out examples of company practices on OSH and teleworking.

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