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The aim of this blog is to bring you news about developments in occupational safety and health across the EU and beyond, and also about EU-OSHA initiatives and activities to fulfill our mission.

We are one of the smallest EU agencies and cannot promise to reply to every comment, but we will read them and bear them in mind to shape our future work. The blog content is available only in English.

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The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) welcomed its network partners and high-level European and national representatives to a celebration of 25 years of working together for a safe and healthy Europe.

Two panel sessions offered participants the opportunity to reflect on and share their experiences of occupational safety and health (OSH) over the past 25 years, and discuss future challenges.

The event was a celebration of the achievements of the European network of OSH players that the Agency has built over the years. It highlighted the contributions that the Agency, its national focal point network and other partners have made — and will continue to make — to creating safe and healthy workplaces across Europe.

The success of the framework depends on its implementation at EU, national, sectoral and enterprise levels, with effective enforcementsocial dialoguefundingawareness-raising and data collection being key. Through its extensive network of partners, EU-OSHA is well placed to facilitate action, cooperation and exchange, and deliver on the ambitions of the framework.

EU-OSHA’s foresight studies and overview projects aim to anticipate risks and identify priorities, to inform the development of OSH practice and policy in areas such as digitalisation and green jobs, and stress and psychosocial risks. EU-OSHA also provides easy-to-use resources to help workplaces put prevention into practice, with a wealth of guidance being produced to help keep workers safe during the pandemic, whether exposed on the frontline or adapting to working from home. Its involvement in the Roadmap on Carcinogens and its Healthy Workplaces campaigns demonstrate the Agency’s commitment to promoting a culture of prevention across Europe and beyond, a cornerstone of EU OSH policy.

Inspired by the ILO centenary anniversary, the world day for safety and health at work on 28 April 2019 looks to the future or work and its impact on occupational safety and health. In particular, the ILO has identified four areas: Technology, demographics, sustainable development, and work organisation.

Global union confederation ITUC announced the theme for International Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April 2019 as ‘taking control – removing dangerous substances from the workplace’. The union-led campaign emphasises a ‘Zero Cancer’ approach, urging worker safety representatives to seek to eliminate or minimise exposure to carcinogens in the workplace.

We can only estimate the cost of failing to protect workers, latest figures showing that work-related accidents and illnesses take the lives of over 200 000 people and cost the EU at least EUR 476 billion every year - 3.3 % of European GDP. The cost of work-related cancers alone amounts to EUR 119.5 billion.

 
Every year on 28 April, we mark an important awareness date: the World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The 2018 SafeDay puts the spotlight on the young generations. It gives rise to a global campaign to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour. The ILO estimates that 85 million children under 18 years old are doing work which poses a physical, psychosocial or moral danger to them.

When it comes to the occupational safety and health (OSH) of women in the workplace, trends identified by EU-OSHA show risks and their implications for OSH management, as well as good practices to overcome them. These, which might have a stronger impact on older female employees in particular, will be influential in guiding policy and future research.

April 28 is World Day for Safety and Health at Work. The theme this year is “optimise the collection and use of occupational safety and health (OSH) data”[1].

Reliable, high quality data is essential at both the workplace and policy levels to ensure that the correct decisions are made to ensure the ongoing protection of workers.

Health and life at work is a basic human right. “Everyone has the right to life to work… to just and favourable conditions of work… Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and of his family”[1].

On 30 March 2017, three agencies - the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)  and the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union (CdT) - received the European Ombudsman Award for Good Administration in the category of Excellence in citizen/customer focused services delivery for a jointly developed innovative project to facilitate the translation management of multilingual websites.

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