Risk assessment

Expanding the outreach of online risk assessment

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<p id="tmgmt-18">Protecting the safety and health of workers in micro and small enterprises (MSEs) presents a bigger challenge than in larger companies. MSEs show lower levels of compliance with occupational safety and health (OSH) standards and often underestimate the OSH risks present in their business.</p>

Improving compliance with OSH regulations

Improving OSH compliance in MSEs

Micro and small enterprises (MSEs) find complying with OSH regulations particularly challenging. However, previous EU-OSHA research finds that certain external factors have a strong influence on OSH compliance in MSEs:

  • legal enforcement of regulations
  • supply chain influences
  • external OSH services
  • social or sectoral norms
  • financial support.

This activity aims to follow up on these findings, by reviewing the types of support available and exploring innovative strategies for supporting compliance. Although MSEs are a particular focus, the important role played by larger companies in creating an environment that promotes compliance is also considered.

Phases of the research programme

Following an initial overarching review of OSH compliance, two major strands of research were identified for further in-depth studies:

  • The first relates to market-based approaches to promoting OSH, and looks at policies and strategies that influence supply chain relations to improve compliance with OSH regulations, focusing particularly on the agri-food and construction sectors.
  • The second strand focuses on state influences, that is, regulatory and enforcement approaches to ensuring OSH compliance, to identify innovative practices adopted by inspectorates and prevention services to support OSH.

The impact of COVID-19 on OSH compliance

The overarching review also identifies the need to examine how the challenges posed by COVID-19 affect OSH compliance. This becomes most obvious in the agri-food and construction sectors, as workers in these sectors are among those most affected by the pandemic and supply chain disruptions. The research aims to inform the development of policies that improve working conditions by helping businesses to comply with OSH regulations. 

Labour inspectors' guide for diversity sensitive risk assessment

Diversity-sensitive risk assessment aims at a holistic approach to occupational safety and health (OSH) taking account of group specific risks and interventions, in particular regarding age and gender-related issues. The working group for emerging risks (WG EMEX) of the Senior Labour Inspectors’ Committee (SLIC) presents a guideline for labour inspectors and gives recommendations on how to develop inspection procedures and to enhance the effectiveness of labour inspectors’ workplace interventions with regards to diversity issues.

Navigating occupational risks in 2020 and beyond: the impact of OiRA

<p id="tmgmt-1">An unprecedented year that has turned the world upside down, 2020 has also become a catalyst for important achievements in occupational safety and health.</p><p id="tmgmt-2">Good news from our Online interactive Risk Assessment (OiRA) partners start with impressive numbers: over 147 000 risk assessments with<a href="https://oiraproject.eu/en/oira-tools&quot; target="_blank"> OiRA tools</a> have been carried out by micro and small enterprises all ov

OSH-focused newsletter by the European Construction Sector Observatory (ECSO)

The European Construction Sector Observatory (ECSO) aims to inform policymakers and industry stakeholders about market conditions and policy developments in Europe's construction sector.

ECSO recently launched a newsletter focused on occupational safety and health (OSH) to provide up-to-date information and the latest news of Europe's construction sector. The newsletter touches on different OSH initiatives to ensure workers' safety and health in this area and helps policymakers and private construction associations develop specific policies and measures.

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