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Digital platform work: the implications for occupational safety and health (OSH)

Digital platform work is all paid work provided through, on or mediated by an online platform, that is, an online marketplace operating on digital technologies that facilitate the matching of demand for and supply of labour. The work provided through the platforms can be very diverse: it can involve complex or simple tasks, cognitive or manual tasks, and it can be provided online and be entirely virtual, or on-site and be provided in person. Digital platform work brings employment opportunities to workers, but it also entails a number of challenges and risks for workers' OSH that need to be addressed.

The workshop brought together experts and policy-makers at the EU and Member State/EU country levels. The objective was present and discuss the findings from EU-OSHA's research work consisting in an overview of research, policy and practices in relation to digital platform work and the implications for OSH ( The perspectives from other EU bodies were also presented and discussed. 

Watch the recordings:

Video 1 |Welcome and introduction - William Cockburn, Interim Executive Director, EU-OSHA

Video 2 |Latest EU policy developments in relation to digital platform work - Francisco Jesús Alvarez Hidalgo, Policy Officer, European Commission, Unit Health and Safety at Work

Video 3 |Challenges, risks and opportunities for OSH, policies for OSH prevention, and platform work case examples - Dirk Gillis, Senior research associate, HIVA, KU Leuven (Belgium) 

Video 4 |Diversity and OSH in the digital platform economy - Dr. Karolien Lenaerts, Research Manager & Head ad interim, HIVA, KU Leuven (Belgium)

Video 5 |Surveillance of platform workers - Annarosa Pesole, independent expert, formerly advisor to the Italian Ministry of Labour on digital platform work (Italy)

Video 6 |Practical tools and recommendations for OSH prevention - Dr. Iván Williams Jiménez, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health – IOSH

Video 7 |A guide on risk assessment for content moderation work - Patricia Murray, Senior Psychologist (Organisational)/Inspector, Health and Safety Authority (Ireland)

Video 8 |Perspectives from other EU bodies (1) - Dragos Adascalitei, Research Officer, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)

Video 9 |Perspectives from other EU bodies (2) - Enrique Fernandez Macias, Senior Research Manager, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC)

Video 10 |Perspectives from other EU bodies (3) - Vytautas Peciukonis, Research Officer, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

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