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ICOH - 31st International Congress on Occupational Health

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 30, 2015.

The 31st International Congress on Occupational Health will be held in Seoul from 31 May to 5 June 2015.  Organized as the triennial congress of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH), will be an important milestone in meeting challenges, protecting and promoting the health of workers at the time of rapid changes in work life and working conditions in globalizing economy.

EU-OSHA will have a stand in the Exhibition area to promote key projects, such as OiRA, OSHwiki and Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress campaign. Director Christa Sedlatschek will take part in the Opening Ceremony of the Congress and the Asian Policy Forum to strengthen international collaboration in occupational safety and health. 

More information on the event

On- line registration available now

Calls for proposals published by DG Employment

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 24, 2015.

Beginning of March DG Employment published two new calls for proposals. One addressed to sectoral social dialogue and one focusing on support for workers' organisations. Both include health and safety at work as a possible area for activities.

See here for more information

Consult our OiRA funding guide for getting advice on successful applications

Conclusions of the 3rd Greek Occupational Health and Safety Conference

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 23, 2015.

Held in Athens on February 26th 2015, the Conference brought together representatives from many companies and organisations such as Greek Institute of Health and Safety at work, Nestle, Coca Cola, Unilever, Athenian Brewery and Hellenic Quality Foods.

The meeting, organized in four sections, covered the following occupational safety and health main topics:

  • Towards a healthier, safer and more productive working environment.
  • Recommended practices for "zero" working accidents and minimization of diseases.
  • Risk assessment, formulating safe and hygienic working environments with the participation of all concerned. Training and the creation of a "prevention" culture.
  • Challenges and opportunities for OHS in today's continuously changing working environments.

Conclusions of the Conference available here

Have you met Napo yet?

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 20, 2015.

Napo is a cartoon character representing an employee in any sector, in any country, and in any language. His video clips show how in his daily working life, he comes up against the same problems that many other workers across Europe face, including psychosocial risks and workplace stress. The videos can be used in a variety of contexts to present ‘Safety with a Smile’!

Director of European Commission’s DG Employment visits EU-OSHA

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 16, 2015.


Michel Servoz, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, visited EU-OSHA on 16 March 2015. EU-OSHA’s main projects and activities were reviewed and discussed in a meeting Mr Servoz held with Director Christa Sedlatschek and the management. He then addressed all EU-OSHA staff and joined the Governing Board meeting the following day to present the objectives of the new Commission and the Directorate General for the coming years on occupational safety and health issues.

Current EU policy is outlined in the EU Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Strategic Framework 2014-2020. EU-OSHA’s multiannual strategic programme for 2014–20, highlights priority areas and gives a clear view of how best to promote workplace safety and health in a difficult business environment.

You can see the pictures of Mr. Servoz´s visit in our Flickr account

And find more information:

EU Occupational Safety and Health Strategic Framework 2014-2020
EU-OSHA’s multiannual strategic programme 2014-2020

EU- REACH Evaluation Report 2014 shows that a considerable share of the examined registration dossiers still requires improvement

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 16, 2015.

Pursuant to Article 54 of the REACH Regulation, ECHA publishes a report on evaluation by the end of February each year.
To achieve high quality of data-rich registration dossiers, ECHA developed a new compliance check strategy in 2014. The Agency focuses on checking the quality of hazard, use and exposure information for those higher-volume substances having the biggest potential impact on human health and the environment. A total of 283 compliance check evaluations carried over from 2013 or opened during 2014, were concluded. Of these, 111 were concluded with no further action and 172 cases led to a draft decision, requesting more information from registrants.
The report gives specific recommendations for both future registrants for the 2018 deadline and existing registrants who may need to update their dossiers. The recommendations cover the following subjects:

  • The correct identity and composition of the substance is crucial
  • Report hazard information clearly
  • Adapt according to REACH rules
  • The chemical safety report should reflect realistic uses and conditions of use
  •  Use ECHA's guidance and tools.

Read the report

EU-OSHA pages on REACH 

EU- Committee of the Regions EU OSH Strategic Framework 2014-2020

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 13, 2015.

The European Committee of the regions:

  • regrets that LRAs have played a very limited role in the Commission's strategy. The Committee calls on the Commission to guarantee that they will be formally involved in commitments in this area, acknowledging that as major employers they are key institutional actors
  • stresses that, due to their partnership and links to local businesses, LRAs can play an important role in integrating legislation, promoting the "culture of prevention" and the proper application of preventive standards, and supporting representation and collective redress on safety issues
  • proposes to identify a European central steering committee responsible for defining, coordinating and developing health and safety at work issues (preferably coordinated by EU-OSHA), not least in order to play a more effective proactive role in providing a point of reference, guidance and oversight for Member States implementing EU legislation
  • is strongly in favour of financing measures from 2014 and calls for ad hoc support to be arranged for projects presented by LRAs, especially those that represent areas where effective coverage by the public health system is lacking or areas facing demographic challenges
  • proposes that exchanges of best practices be fostered between regional and local administrations actively involved in this field
  • agrees that the effectiveness of sanctions, administrative fines imposed and non-traditional ways of monitoring compliance needs to be assessed in cooperation with the Member States, the Senior Labour Inspectorate Committee (SLIC) and the Advisory Committee on Safety and Health (ACSH), on the condition that the public sector is given an opportunity to play a role in these bodies

View the document

EU-Council conclusions on EU OSH strategic framework 2014-2020

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 13, 2015.

The Council adopted conclusions on a strategic framework on health and safety at work for the 2014-2020 period, the Commission's communication published last year.

They confirm that the Council and the Commission agree on the need:

  • to improve the implementation of the existing occupational safety and health legislation
  • to prevent existing, new and emerging risks to health and safety at work
  • to address the challenges posed by an ageing workforce and longer working careers

Adapting to these challenges requires action both by member states and by the EU.
The conclusions also recognise that, in the field of health and safety at work, the action by the social partners is of great importance.

They call for the social partners to continue their action in the field of health and safety at work, from the European level down to the company level. There is also an important role to be played by the sectorial social partners, as some sectors and some categories of workers are facing or are affected by particular health and safety risks.

The changes in the working environment and in technologies used may require an update of current legislation for health and safety at work. It is important to ensure that the member states and the EU as a whole continue to improve working conditions. This also implies that they have up-to-date tools to respond to today's challenges and to those of the future.

Draft council conclusions




"Managing stress and psychosocial risks" E-guide. Belgium/Flemish version is available now

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 12, 2015.

"Managing stress and psychosocial risks" free e-guide is available now in the Belgium/Flemish national version. Discover how to effectively manage work-related stress and psychosocial risks in the workplace with this practical online tool.

Search the national version of your interest, browse it online or download it to your computer for offline usage.

Get the Belgium/Flemish e-guide
Find the e-guide version that is relevant for you
Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress


EU- updated SCENIHR opinion on the potential health effects of electromagnetic fields

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 11, 2015.

This Opinion updates SCENIHR previous Opinions on EMF of 19 January 2009 and 6 July 2009, in light of newly available information (over 700 studies, mostly published after 2008).

Occupational health management in the insurance sector

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 10, 2015.

The Employer’s Association of insurance companies in Germany has published a report on health management. The report is based on survey results showing how employee well-being is supported in the German insurance sector. On top of that it includes examples from a large number of insurance companies. Several best practice cases show that health management is about much more than supporting employees in a healthy life-style.

Find the Report

Vacancy notice - ICT OFFICER

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 10, 2015.

The Agency is organizing a selection procedure with a view to establishing a reserve list and recruiting a long-term Contract Agent (FG III) to work within the ICT Section of the Communication and Promotion Unit in the following position:

EUOSHA/CA/15/02 - ICT OFFICER (FGIII) Long-term contract (three-year renewable contract subject to a probationary period of 9 months)

Find out more about the vacancy

EU- International Women’s Day: Women earned on average 16% less than men in 2013 in the EU

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 09, 2015.

2 out of 3 managers are men, 2 out of 3 clerical workers are women.
This and other facts on women in Europe are compiled in a Eurostat news release on the occasion of International women´s day 8th March 2015.
Read the news release
EU-OSHA website section on women at work

Summary of the "Workshop on occupational burden of disease" available now

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 09, 2015.

EU-OSHA´s “Workshop on occupational burden disease” was a full day event celebrated in Brussels to support a constructive dialogue between stakeholders and to stimulate debate on the burden of disease linked to work. The workshop brought together a broad mix of experts nominated by EU-OSHA’s focal points — mainly occupational physicians and occupational hygienists — and experts from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Occupational Exposure Limits (SCOEL), the Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC) and the European Commission.

Find more information about this Workshop in the event summary (only in English)

OSHwiki article in the spotlight – the burden of injury and illness at work

By European Agency for Safety and Health at Work from News. Published on Mar 05, 2015.

A new article on OSHwiki uses the most recent available data from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) to estimate the burden of injury and illness at work. According to the article, the global estimate of deaths linked to reasons attributed to work is 2.3 million – 2.0 million linked to work-related diseases and 0.3 linked to occupational injuries. 
The division of these two factors varies depending on the level of development of the country. In industrialised countries the share of deaths caused by occupational injuries and work-related communicable diseases is very low while non-communicable diseases are the overwhelming causes in those countries.
According to the ILO the economic costs of work-related injuries and illnesses vary between 1.8 and 6.0 % of GDP, the average being 4 %. Therefore the significant proportion of accidents and illnesses in the EU, has a substantial impact on the performance of EU companies. Competitiveness and safety and health are found to go hand-in-hand; the lower the number of accidents the higher is the competitiveness and productivity.
You can read more about the methods used, global statistics and trends, and exactly how workplace illnesses impact workers, companies and the community, by reading the full article. And remember, register as an OSHwiki contributor to be able to contribute to or translate articles!
More related information can be found in the recent EU-OSHA publication: Estimating the cost of accidents and ill-health at work: A review of methodologies 

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