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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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19/12/2014

Since February 2014, EU-OSHA has been working on a project supported by the European Commission through the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The ENP aims build closer, mutually beneficial ties based on common values between the EU and 16 neighbouring countries to the South and East.

 

19/12/2014

For more than a decade, EU-OSHA has been helping to integrate the Western Balkans and Turkey into the European occupational safety and health system. EU-OSHA works closely with countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), supported by the European Commission, to enable those countries to participate in the work of the Agency.

 

18/12/2014

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Dr Eusebio Rial-González. Seb died peacefully in his sleep on 18 December 2014 in his home town of Vigo, Spain, after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

As Head of the Prevention and Research Unit, Seb has been the architect of the Agency’s current Healthy Workplaces’ campaign on work-related stress and psychosocial risks – an area in which he had specialised earlier in his career as a researcher and consultant. Amongst his other EU-OSHA achievements, he can also count the design and launch of ESENER, the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks,  the launch of the Online interactive Risk Assessment project, OiRA, and the setting up of the OSHwiki.

But alongside his many accomplishments, Seb will, above all,  be remembered at EU-OSHA as a well-respected colleague and for many of us a real friend. Whatever the issue, Seb’s first thoughts – professionally and personally – were invariably how he might help and support others and if possible to do it with a smile. His generous approach touched friends, colleagues and many others and he had an impressive ability to collect friends as well as professional contacts as he travelled across Europe.

He was a dedicated follower of Bruce Springsteen, having seen him in concert on over 20 occasions in at least five different countries. He would often quote ‘the Boss’ and so it’s somehow appropriate that we close this message with a Springsteen quote:  “The release date is just one day, but the record is forever.” And a link to his favourite song

Our condolences go to Seb’s family and many, many friends.
 

19/11/2014

As part of its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) project, funded by the EU under the ENP Instrument, EU-OSHA representatives met with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population in Baku, Azerbaijan during the month of October. This meeting provided a great opportunity for EU-OSHA to introduce its own work programme and to learn about the state of occupational safety and health in Azerbaijan.

27/10/2014

On 26 September, Prevent Sweden paid a visit to EU-OSHA in Bilbao. Prevent Sweden is a joint worker and employer backed organisation dedicated to improving working conditions and reducing accidents and ill-health in Sweden. 

Bodil Mellblom, Christian Jernstedt, Anders Eklund, Karin Ahlgren, Maria Bergqvist and Krister Skoglund came to the Agency to present their work entitled "Sweden's Best Work Teams".

27/10/2014

On 29 September 2014, EU-OSHA representatives visited the Republic of Moldova and met with the Moldovan Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family as part of its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) project, funded by the EU under the ENP Instrument.

01/09/2014

Europe reached out to the world at the XX World Congress for Safety and Health at Work, held in Frankfurt, Germany between 24 and 27 August 2014. The Congress, held every three years, rotates between cities and continents, and the twentieth conference followed up the success of the previous event held in Istanbul, Turkey.

09/07/2014

A meeting between Pedro Mota Soares, Minister of Solidarity, Employment, and Social Security and EU-OSHA Director Dr Christa Sedlatschek was the highlight of her visit to Portugal on 23/24 June 2014.

During the visit, the Director also met with the Secretary of State for Employment, Octavio Oliveira, the Portuguese Parliamentary Groups at the Palácio de São Bento, social partners, the Inspector-General of ACT (Autoridade para as Condições do Trabalho), Pedro Pimenta Braz, and the Portuguese Focal Point Emilia Telo. 

11/06/2014

At the 14th Congress of the International Association of Labour Inspectors (IALI) in Geneva, EU-OSHA’s director gave a keynote speech on the challenges and opportunities facing labour inspection. The congress considered the challenges and opportunities for labour inspection, the need for professionalism and integrity, and the value of partnerships.

One key issue is the increasingly diverse workforce and its impact on occupational safety and health - especially that of women workers. Women are more likely to work in part-time roles and in retail and service industries, education and healthcare. These working environments result in specific OSH challenges.  Research reveals that current OSH can be better targeted and improved overall for women.

28/05/2014

On 28 and 29 April 2014, EU-OSHA representatives met with the Georgian Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs in Tbilisi to discuss our cooperation as part of EU-OSHA’s ENP Project funded by the EU under the European Neighbourhood Policy.

We discussed current developments in the area of safety and health at work in Georgia and presented information on the occupational health and safety system in the EU. Georgia is in the process of developing structures to improve workplace health and safety. An Association Agreement between Georgia and the European Union is being finalised, which includes a commitment from Georgia to bring its legislation in the field occupational safety and health into agreement with the EU Directives in the area. This is a good opportunity for EU-OSHA to provide support to Georgia as it develops its capacity to improve workplace health and safety.

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