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EU-OSHA and OSALAN in a joint visit at the Bilbao Port (Apr 16, 2014)

As part of the regular cooperation between EU-OSHA and the Basque Institute for Safety and Health at Work (OSALAN) a joint visit to Bilbao Port was organized to get to know first-hand some of the safety and health good practices implemented by the Port.

This was a unique opportunity for exchange of knowledge and networking as well as introduction to different activities and projects carried out by the three organizations.

Director of EU-OSHA, Christa Sedlatschek, presented the campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress officially launched in Brussels early April.

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#EUmanagestress – EU-OSHA campaign calls on employers and workers to tackle work-related stress (Apr 07, 2014)

EU-OSHA launches a two year Europe-wide campaign: ‘Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress’.

Speaking at the campaign launch in Brussels, László Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and Greek Deputy Minister for Labour, Social Security and Welfare, Vasilis Kegkeroglou, representing the Greek EU Council Presidency, called on Europe’s enterprises to recognise the need to tackle work-related stress. By doing so, they will be protecting their workers’ health and their organisations’ productivity.

Christa Sedlatschek, EU-OSHA Director explained that together employers, workers and their representatives can successfully manage and prevent work-related stress and psychosocial risks; and that the Healthy Workplaces Campaign aims to help organisations do just that. 

Read the press release
Visit the Healthy Workplaces Campaign website

Inauguration of new premises and signature of Seat Agreement mark historic day for EU-OSHA (Mar 31, 2014)

Speaking at the inauguration of the brand new premises in the Miribilla area of Bilbao, the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor announced that the European Commission would shortly publish its much-awaited EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work.

In the second historic development of the day, the Spanish Deputy Secretary for Employment and Social Security, Pedro Llorente and EU-OSHA Director Dr Christa Sedlatschek signed a Seat Agreement between the Kingdom of Spain and the European Union.

Read the press release
See photos of the event
Watch the video

Identification of research priorities contributes to Europe 2020 goals (Mar 24, 2014)

EU-OSHA has identified priorities around four key theme areas for occupational safety and health (OSH) research in the coming years: (1) demographic change; (2) globalisation and the changing world of work; (3) safe new technologies; and (4) new or increasing occupational exposure to chemical and biological agents. The priorities, detailed in a report, emphasises how OSH research can contribute to achieving the targets set by the Europe 2020 strategy and Horizon 2020 programme for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

Read the press release
Read the full report (in English)

How to address new and emerging safety and health risks in green jobs? (Mar 17, 2014)

In the rapidly expanding sector of green jobs, new and emerging risks are likely to develop. That’s why we held a workshop in November 2013 in Bilbao with our network of national authorities on occupational safety and health. The debate was focused on how to address the new and emerging risks identified in EU-OSHA’s foresight study and how to create safer and healthier green jobs for the future.

A summary of the workshop offers information on planning and decision-making in green jobs aimed at European policymakers, trade unions and employers.

The workshop was based on the findings of a two-year foresight study commissioned by EU-OSHA.

Read the full findings of the study in the foresight report (in English)
More information on OSH in green jobs at a glance

Healthy Workplaces Campaign Partnership meeting: Managing stress makes sound business sense (Mar 13, 2014)

With less than a month to go before the official launch of the new Healthy Workplaces Campaign, EU-OSHA is calling on international and European organisations and companies to join the 2014-15 HWC Partnership meeting, which takes place on 8th of April in Brussels.

The event will see the contributions of leading European businesses, workers’ and employers’ organisations, and the interventions of European occupational safety and health experts. During the meeting the new Official Campaign Partnership Offer will be presented, featuring new opportunities for Partners such as the new dedicated OCP Good Practice Award at European level, and more networking and learning- exchange opportunities, such as the Benchmarking initiatives.

European and international organisations and companies are invited to join a forum of leading public and private organisations to discuss how to get involved in the 2014-15 Campaign, and effectively manage stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace.

Contact us to register to the

2014-15 Official Campaign Partnership Offer
Learn more about the Healthy Workplaces Campaigns

Last reminder: Have your say! (Mar 10, 2014)

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) is conducting a survey to obtain feedback on its activities and the results achieved. Please help us to do this by completing this short questionnaire, which will take you no more than 15 minutes. The survey is being carried out for EU-OSHA by the UK research institute, the Institute for Employment Studies (IES).

The survey can be completed in all official EU languages as well as Icelandic and Norwegian. Please tell us what you think about our campaigns, publications, website and information dissemination.

Click here to begin.

Thank you!

Happy International Women’s Day to all working women! (Mar 07, 2014)

Originally called International Working Women's Day, 8th of March has been celebrated for more than 100 years to recognise the role of women and their contributions to society.
Women make up 45% of the employed population in the European Union. But still too many workplaces are designed with a typical male worker in mind.
A 'gender sensitive' approach to health and safety at work is needed to make the working lives of women healthier, safe and more productive.

Read the Agency report: 'New risks and trends in the safety and health of women at work'.

Read the summary

Read more about Women and health at work.


New online risk assessment tools published (Feb 20, 2014)

In the last months, several new tools have been published in OiRA. This takes the total number of online interactive risk assessment (OiRA) tools available to 15. The new tools cover different sectors including hairdressing, catering and private security. They have been developed in several countries including Belgium, Spain, Lithuania and Greece and by EU social partners.

This is one step forward on the way to putting OiRA at the centre of strategies for risk prevention. Around another 50 more tools are currently under development.

Read our blog entry
Visit the OiRA website

Occupational safety and health in the hairdressing sector (Feb 13, 2014)

The hairdressing sector in Europe employs more than one million people in some 400,000 hairdressing salons with 350 million potential customers.

A new report describes the risks faced by hairdressers and the protection that is available to them, including a Framework Agreement negotiated at EU level by social partners, which aims to set minimum standards for the approach to safety and health within this sector across Europe.

Read the report

‘Safer and healthier work at any age’ conference materials available online (Feb 06, 2014)

A conference focusing on occupational safety and health of older workers took place in December in the European Parliament.

The event was organized in the context of a European Parliament`s pilot project, being carried out by EU-OSHA at the request of the European Commission, that aims to improve knowledge of current policies and programmes, stimulate exchange of best practices and further investigate the ways to improve health and safety for older workers.

Access proceedings of the conference “Safer and healthier work at any age – occupational safety and health (OSH) in the context of an ageing workforce”

Learn more about the European Parliament pilot project on health and safety of older workers

EP President visits EU-OSHA (Jan 31, 2014)

European Parliament President Martin Schulz paid an official visit to the premises of EU-OSHA in Bilbao.

Mr Schulz was welcomed by the Director Christa Sedlatschek, met the agency staff and was able to learn first-hand about the main projects and activities currently developed by EU-OSHA.

Speaking after the visit, Mr Schulz commented:  “Europe must be judged not only on its capacity to create new jobs, but also on its capacity to improve the quality, safety and health of the jobs which already exist. The work of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work is crucial in this respect. By informing, monitoring and debating health and safety at work, the agency ensures Europe's lead in improving workers' lives and contributing to the economy at large”.

See photos from the visit of President Schulz to EU-OSHA

New research guides design of 2014 ESENER survey (Jan 30, 2014)

Two new publications evaluate the effectiveness of the questions asked in the 2009 Enterprise Survey on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER). The research involved interviews with original respondents to learn how they understood and responded to the survey questions.

The reports include recommendations for amending or restructuring the survey questions to avoid misunderstandings and improve the reliability of the results. The findings are being fed into the design and development of the 2014 ESENER survey.

Read the ‘Qualitative post-test evaluation of ESENER’ substantive findings and overview reports
Explore related publications
Learn more about ESENER from our short video

Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2014-2015: The countdown begins (Jan 20, 2014)

EU-OSHA’s next Healthy Workplaces Campaign 2014-2015 ‘Managing stress and psychosocial risks at work’ starts in April 2014.

The campaign will provide support and guidance for workers and employers to recognise and tackle effectively stress at the workplace, and promotes the use of practical tools.

Check out the new Campaign Guide at

Greece hosts final Presidency of the current troika (Jan 01, 2014)

On 1 January 2014 the European Presidency passes to Greece: the final country in the current troika to host the Presidency. The main objectives for Greece are increasing growth and jobs, safeguarding the stability of the euro, boosting growth through positive migration policies and redefining the EU Maritime Policy.

Greece will host the Presidency until 30 June 2014.

Learn more about the Greek Presidency

New Year - New Premises for EU-OSHA (Dec 20, 2013)

EU-OSHA moved headquarters during the Christmas period into new premises located in the Miribilla district of Bilbao, known for its mining and industrial history.

The new premises will generate administrative cost savings at the same time as providing improved facilities for staff and the international experts of the Agency’s European network who regularly meet in Bilbao.

See our new contact information

Dear Visitors, Partners and Collaborators, (Dec 17, 2013)

Season’s greetings and best wishes for 2014 from the Director and all the Staff of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. May the Year 2014 be a year of personal happiness and professional success in an increasingly healthy and safe environment!

Wind energy: healthy for the environment, but how healthy for workers? (Dec 13, 2013)

Wind is key to the EU’s move towards renewable energy. The wind energy sector is growing quickly, but bringing with it many occupational safety and health risks as many aspects of onshore and offshore wind turbines are unique, and so are the working environments in which they are found.

EU-OSHA’s report examines the risks to wind energy workers along the various stages of onshore and offshore wind turbines’ life cycle and looks at the challenges faced by the industry as it progresses towards providing a safer working environment.

Read the report: Occupational safety and health in the wind energy sector


Healthy Workplaces Summit 2013 – Summary, pictures and video available now! (Dec 10, 2013)

On 11-12 November 2013 in Bilbao, EU-OSHA hosted a successful occupational safety and health summit. The event marked the closing of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign on ‘Working together for risk prevention’ and gathered 250 participants from over 30 countries.

Presentations, pictures, a summary of the event and a campaign video are available for download. Get all the facts now!

Summary of the Healthy Workplaces Summit 2013, presentations and speakers
Pictures of the event
Video about the ‘Working together for risk prevention’ campaign

Transport workers brave a variety of hazards (Dec 09, 2013)

Transport is one of the most thriving and rapidly changing sectors in Europe. The expansion of the European Union, changing traveling and food consumption habits, the free movement of goods, as well as environmental concerns, have contributed to significant changes in the way transport companies operate. This has had a remarkable impact on their employees’ working conditions.
Work organisational changes and conflicting demands in a growing service economy contribute to an increase in fatigue among transport workers, and acts of violence against then. The number of transport workers suffering from stress and a variety of musculoskeletal disorders continues to grow.

To learn more, visit our section Rail, Air and Water Transport