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Make everyday World no tobacco day! – EU-OSHA for smoke-free healthy workplaces (May 26, 2015)

Every 31st May, World No Tobacco Day highlights the health risks associated with tobacco use and calls for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Smoking tobacco is known to be linked with respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, as well as a very significant increased risk of developing certain cancers. But second-hand smoke exposure or passive smoking is also a significant cause of disease, disability and mortality in the European Union.

Smoking bans at the workplace have been implemented in several European countries, nevertheless some employees are still exposed to environmental tobacco smoke.

From EU-OSHA we call on employers and employees to work together to eliminate environmental tobacco smoke at work. Healthy workplaces are smoke-free workplaces!

Read the practical guides for employers and employees to create smoke-free workplaces

OSHwiki article on Work-related exposure to tobacco smoke

Watch “Napo in… lungs at work”

Join the ‘Ex-smokers are unstoppable’ campaign 


EU-OSHA Focal Points: using the power of networking to promote work safety and health (May 20, 2015)

EU-OSHA is a network organisation. Focal points in more than 30 European countries contribute to foster our information services and campaign activities on a national level. Their support and dedication are of key importance for encouraging and maintaining a risk prevention culture at the workplace.

Learn more about our focal points network.


Stay connected: explore our social networks (May 12, 2015)

EU-OSHA maintains an active presence in social media using them as a knowledge sharing hub on occupational safety and health.

Social media channels add value to our efforts to make EU workplaces safer, healthier and more productive by helping us engage with a wider audience and convey straightforward messages.

We are present in the following social networking platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Slideshare

Get connected, join our growing OSH community.

9 May - Europe Day, because Europe is there for you! (May 07, 2015)

2015 Europe Day 9th May marks the 65 anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration' and the historical start of European integration. The European Union is working for a stronger Europe in the world and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) contributes to making Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work.

This 9th May, EU-OSHA is going out into Bilbao to raise awareness on the importance of effectively managing stress and psychosocial risks at the workplace through its Europe-wide campaign Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress . You can support #EUmanagestress with us following @EU_OSHA social channels.

The EU Institutions are also opening their doors to the public for the entire day. Learn more about Open Doors Day of the European Institutions  and join #euopendoors many activities.

Outstanding examples of workplace stress management celebrated at Riga awards ceremony (Apr 27, 2015)

On 27 April 2015, the eve of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the Healthy Workplaces Good Practice Awards ceremony has been held at the Latvian Presidency Conference on Occupational Safety and Health in Riga. Eleven innovative and outstanding examples of psychosocial risks and stress management were awarded, from organisations of different sizes and sectors throughout Europe. The awards have helped demonstrate the success of the Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign at the workplace level.


28 April - A key date for safety and health at work (Apr 23, 2015)

Join in building a Culture of Prevention on OSH is the theme of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention, according to the ILO.

OSHwiki article in the spotlight – Towards an occupational safety and health culture (Apr 15, 2015)

This month’s OSHwiki article in the spotlight looks at the issue of organisational culture, which plays a vital role in occupational safety and health (OSH). As the article explains, organisational culture refers to the shared values, norms, opinions, and taboos within an organisation that influence the working processes, perceptions, and understandings of OSH risks and how they are dealt with.

Investing in the development of a corporate culture that highly values health and safety is therefore not just a matter of importance for organisations. It’s also a priority for the European Union and other international organisations, such as the International Labour Organisation (ILO) which has devoted the 2015 World Day for Safety and Health to this theme under the call for action “Join in building a culture of prevention on OSH”.


EU-OSHA offers online database of OSH publications free of charge (Apr 07, 2015)

Interested in information resources on occupational safety and health? Our collection of publications ranges from in-depth research reports to topical e-facts, designed for use in the workplace. All are free to download. You can search the library by language, topic or keyword and find a great amount of multilingual publications related to OSH main sectors and themes.

Visit our Publications section now


Benchmarking and exchange of good practices in OSH – summary now available (Mar 24, 2015)

A conference summary is now available for the ‘Benchmarking and exchange of good practices in OSH’ event, an opportunity for companies to compare knowledge in health and safety practices. The four workshops that were held include: learning from accidents, OSH leadership, safety and health culture, and OSH performance indicators.

OiRA in the European Sectoral Social Dialogue (Mar 17, 2015)

The success of the Online interactive Risk Assessment project (OiRA) is not only reflected in the number of national partners already involved (15). In addition, several EU sectoral social dialogue committees have taken advantage of the unique possibilities offered by OiRA.

Top European companies and organisations get credit for managing workplace stress (Mar 05, 2015)

As part of EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress Campaign, the Agency brought together, at a ceremony presided by EU Commissioner Marianne Thyssen and EU-OSHA director Christa Sedlatschek, over 100 other official campaign partners who have been implementing measures to reduce psychosocial risks and stress in the workplace.

8th of March - International Women´s Day (Mar 04, 2015)

For over 100 years, International Women´s day has celebrated the economic, political and social achievements of women from all around the world and promoted a greater gender equality. Women make up 45% of the employed population in the European Union, but still too many workplaces are designed with a male worker in mind. A 'gender sensitive' approach to OSH matters is needed to make the working lives of women healthier, safer and more productive.

Recommend OSHmail to a colleague (Feb 24, 2015)

As one of the 68 000 subscribers to OSHmail, the newsletter of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, you appreciate the value of being kept up to date.
Every month, OSHmail delivers the latest news, events and developments in occupational safety and health from around the world.

Do you have any colleagues, partners or networking groups who are also interested in safety and health at work?
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First findings from our second Europe-wide survey of enterprises (Feb 12, 2015)

A selection of the main findings from ESENER-2, the second edition of EU-OSHA’s flagship European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks, is now available.
Almost 50,000 businesses across Europe were surveyed on aspects of occupational safety and health (OSH), focusing on psychosocial risks and OSH management.
Respondents answered questions on the major risk factors in their enterprises and reported on how and why they manage them, as well as identifying barriers to prevention.

Download the first findings from ESENER-2 (in English)

World Cancer Day: EU-OSHA report investigates identification and prevention of work-related cancer (Feb 04, 2015)

The report evaluates current assessment methods and highlights gaps in our present knowledge of occupational cancer risk factors and work-related cancer. It also provides recommendations on how we can fill these gaps to help us move closer to preventive measures.
World Cancer Day 2015 (4 February) is focused on raising awareness of detection, treatment and care. This report is a step towards improving both awareness and knowledge of occupational cancer.


‘Psychosocial risks in Europe: Prevalence and strategies for prevention’ – Summary available in 25 languages (Jan 27, 2015)

This executive summary is based on a joint report on psychosocial risks at work from EU-OSHA and Eurofound, targeting policy-makers and advisers, OSH professionals, and employers’ and workers’ representatives.
The report gives a broad overview on psychosocial risks at European workplaces and gives examples on the way forward at political as well as company level —all illustrated with real-life examples and case studies.

Read the summary (available in 25 languages)
Read the full report (in English)
Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress

EU-OSHA’s corporate video and brochure – now available in 25 languages (Jan 20, 2015)

Making Europe а safer, healthier and more productive place to work: EU-OSHA’s priority areas for 2014 - 2020 are explained in its corporate video and brochure.

The six key areas are: anticipating change and new and emerging risks, facts and figures, developing tools for good OSH management, raising awareness, networking knowledge, and networking at both strategic and operational level.

View our new corporate video
EU-OSHA Corporate Brochure 2014: Making Europe a safer, healthier and more productive place to work

EU-OSHA supports the European Year for Development 2015 (Jan 13, 2015)

Our world, our dignity, our future: this is the motto of the European Year for Development 2015. The campaign aims to put development at the top of the agenda in the EU, inspiring debate and engaging citizens.

During 2015, EU-OSHA, in partnership with our international network, will be raising awareness of occupational safety and health as a vital part of sustainable development, as well as working to help neighbouring countries to build occupational health and safety strategies.

Find out more about the European Year 2015
Visit EuropeAid’s website for the European Year for Development
European Neighbourhood Policy Project by EU-OSHA

Welcoming Latvia as EU Presidency host (Jan 05, 2015)

For the first six months of 2015, Latvia hosts the European Presidency. Latvia is part of the EU trio Presidency with Italy (the previous host) and Luxembourg (to which Latvia will hand over).

The trio Presidency works to develop long-term goals for the EU in the areas of growth, employment and reform. One of the Latvian Presidency’s aims is to look at how the EU can increase growth and competitiveness by taking the best possible advantage of digital opportunities.

Find out more
Visit the website of the Latvian Presidency

Dear Visitors, Partners and Collaborators, (Dec 18, 2014)

Season’s greetings and best wishes for 2015 from the Director and all the Staff of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. May the Year 2015 be a year of personal happiness and professional success in an increasingly healthy and safe environment!