EU-OSHA’s multilingual thesaurus of occupational safety and health terminology lists words grouped together in a hierarchy. It includes synonyms and antonyms of those words and some definitions.

InfoDownload your complete EU-OSHA thesaurus terms in Excel format. Choose the language from the box

EU-OSHA thesaurus

Back to list of terms


Info -

occupational risk


long-term or short-term hazard experienced in the workplace that may lead to damage, including chemical hazards, biological hazards, psychosocial hazards and physical hazards

Context: Info

OSH is often seen by companies as a set of legislation and obligations imposed on them. While enterprises are often aware of occupational risks, moving on towards action is often difficult.

Term reference

Belin, A., Dupont, C., Oulès, L., Kuipers, Y., Safer and healthier work at any age - Final overall analysis report, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2016, p. 15, [9.10.2018]


"occupational hazard versus occupational risk: A hazard is something that can cause harm, e.g. electricity, chemicals, working up a ladder, noise, a keyboard, a bully at work, stress, etc. A risk is the chance, high or low, that any hazard will actually cause somebody harm."


  • Български: професионален риск
  • Čeština: pracovní riziko
  • Dansk: erhvervsrisiko
  • Deutsch: Berufsrisiko
  • Ελληνικά: επαγγελματικός κίνδυνος
  • English: occupational risk
  • Español: riesgo laboral
  • Eesti: kutserisk
  • Suomi: työperäinen riski
  • Français: risque professionnel
  • Hrvatski: onkogen
  • Magyar: foglalkozási kockázat
  • Íslenska: áhætta í starfi
  • Italiano: rischio professionale
  • Lietuvių: profesinė rizika
  • Latviešu: arodrisks
  • Malti: riskju okkupazzjonali
  • Nederlands: beroepsrisico
  • Norsk: arbeidsrelatert risiko
  • Polski: ryzyko zawodowe
  • Português: risco ocupacional
  • Română: risc profesional
  • Slovenčina: pracovné riziko
  • Slovenščina: poklicno tveganje
  • Svenska: arbetsrisk