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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At the Agency, we’re acutely aware of the way that the economic crisis in Europe, and the changing world of work, is putting extra strain on the occupational health and safety of European workers. That’s why it’s particularly important that we’ve taken the pulse of the European workforce now, with our second major European Opinion Poll on Occupational Safety and Health. Carried out for us by Ipsos MORI, the poll involved asking some 35,000 members of the public a series of questions, designed to test their opinions on a range of OSH-related subjects.


The International Commemoration Day (ICD) for Dead and Injured Workers, Workers’ Memorial Day, is a major event for trade unions around the world. This year's motto remains the same as last year - ‘Unions make work safer’ but a lot of the focus this year is on the need for strong regulation and enforcement as part of a holistic occupational safety and health system. Organised by the ITUC , the day is used to highlight the human cost of poor working conditions and campaign for decent work.


The Director of EU-OSHA, Dr Christa Sedlaschek, exchanged the rain of Bilbao for the snow of Stockholm to attend a high-level seminar along with Hillevi Engström, Arbetsmarknadsminister (Minister for work) and Mikael Sjöberg, Director-General of the Arbetsmiljöverket (Swedish Work Environment Authority), to discuss how working life and the work environment has to change and adapt to the new challenges facing Europe's citizens. 


The Governing Board of EU OSHA is its primary decision-making body. Composed of worker, employer, and government representatives from the each of the Member States plus observers from the EEA-EFTA countries, it makes key decisions on the Agency's work programme and budget as well as appointing the Director of EU OSHA.


The 12th of August sees International Youth Day and tragically, and with an enormous cost to society, young workers continue to have more than 50% more non-fatal accidents than other age groups according to EU figures. So the occupational safety and health of young people remains high on the agenda. And the past few weeks have been quite an active time for policy discussion on this topic.


The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) runs an annual event as part of their PRAISE project to promote and share best practice concerning the management of occupational road safety.  ‘Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees’ (PRAISE) aims to increase road safety in the work context. The project is co-funded by the European Commission, the German Road Safety Council, the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (bfu) and the MAPFRE Foundation. It aims to ‘praise’ best practices in order to help employers secure high road safety standards for their employees.


As part of the European Campaign 2010-2011 on Safe Maintenance, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work organised in 2010 for the tenth time the European Good Practice Awards Competition, aiming to identify examples of good practice in the management of occupational safety and health during maintenance. Through the Good Practice Awards Competition EU-OSHA promotes good practice solutions at workplace and shares information about good practice across Europe. Forty entries from 22 Member States and Turkey were received, including organisations of all sizes and from a wide variety of industrial sectors.


The newly-elected General Secretary, Bernadette Segol, the first ever woman to hold this position in the history of the ETUC, took the floor this morning with a strong message for delegates. The "Athens Manifesto" adopted by Congress not only pointed the way forward but also needed trade unions to push its key messages. It was time to look ahead, she said, and to work for European Integration which was an ETUC objective. The ETUC was a critical friend of the EU on the road from austerity to prosperity. Did the pay cuts in Greece work, she asked? The answer was no. Her position was clear: wages were not the enemy of growth, but its engine. She would champion fundamental social rights and give them priority over economic freedoms.


Yesterday evening, the Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in Athens voted and elected Bernadette Ségol as its new General Secretary. She will be the head of the European confederation for the next four years, alongside a new team.

On the third day of the ETUC Congress, the delegates of trade unions from 36 countries elected the new team that is going to lead the confederation till 2015. Bernadette Ségol has been elected as the General Secretary, Józef Niemec and Patrick Itschert have been elected as deputy General Secretaries. Claudia Menne, Luca Visentini, Veronica Anna-Maria Nilsson and Judith Kirton-Darling have been elected as Confederal Secretaries and Ignacio Fernández Toxo has been elected as the new President of the ETUC.

If you'd like to know more about the new team, read on.


It's day three of the Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation in Athens and the work continues at a fast pace. Congress adopted the European trade union action plan to improve the health and safety situation in workplaces, stating that it was the least privileged socio-professional categories which were the worst hit by the health impacts of dangerous and detrimental working conditions.